Monday, October 15, 2018

Oconee County Industrial Development Authority Cancels Meeting For Bond Sales To Presbyterian Homes

***Documents Not Ready***

The Oconee County Industrial Development Authority cancelled its scheduled meeting for this afternoon because the documents needed for the Authority to go forward with authorization of a loan for Presbyterian Village Athens are not ready.

The county sent out a notice just before noon today announcing the cancellation of the 4 p.m. meeting but did not give a reason and did not indicate when the meeting would be held.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Candidates For Georgia House And Senate Take Different Stands On Health Care At Chamber Of Commerce Candidate Forum

***All See Health Care Problems***

The three Republican state legislative candidates who spoke at the Oconee County and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate forum on Thursday night said they did not want the government involved in health care and that the market could provide solutions to health care problems.

The other five speakers–four Democrats and a write-in candidate–said the market was not working and government needed to step in to address health care problems.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wiedower Raised More Money In July to September Campaign Period Than Any Other Oconee County Candidate

***Gonzalez Had Strong Report Too***

Marcus Wiedower, Republican candidate for the 119th House District seat, raised more than $80,000 from July 1 to Sept. 30, topping all six candidates for Oconee County’s seats in the Georgia General Assembly.

Deborah Gonzalez, Democrat incumbent in House District 117, raised $68,381–more than $20,000 above the $47,987 raised by her Republican challenger, Houston Gaines.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Oconee County Schools Assembling School And Community Team As Part Of Strategic Planning Process

***Report To Board***

Oconee County School administrators are in the process of putting together a team of some 30 to 40 members who will meet in early November as the next step in the Strategic Planning Process, Claire Buck, chief academic officer, told the Board of Education last week.

Buck said invitations had gone out to 39 individuals, roughly evenly split between student and staff on the one hand and parents and community on the other. Buck referred to the group, when assembled, as the Planning Team.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Oconee County Industrial Development Authority Postpones Meeting On Presbyterian Homes Bonds

***Final Figure Not Set***

The Oconee County Industrial Development Authority on Friday postponed its meeting to consider issuance of bonds for construction of Presbyterian Village Athens on U.S. 441 at Hog Mountain Road that had been scheduled for tomorrow (Monday).

County Clerk Kathy Hayes sent out notice of the postponement of the Authority meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday but did not give an explanation of the decision to postpone the meeting.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Oconee County School Board Candidates Focus On Access In Forum; Legislative Candidates Address Campus Carry And Other Issues

***Gaines On Attack***

Fran Thompson and Andrea Wellnitz, seeking spots on the Oconee County Board of Education, told a packed room of citizens gathered for a candidate forum on Thursday night that they want the Board to be more transparent and more open to citizen input.

Incumbents Kim Argo and Amy Parrish said the Board already is transparent and open to citizens ideas and feedback and they want to make sure the community understands that.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Oconee County Commissioners Approve Rezones For Shopping Center And Car Museum

***Conditions Added In Both Cases***

Oconee County commissioners, with minimal discussion, unanimously approved the request for a shopping center at the intersection of Lenru Road and Malcom Bridge Road and for a museum, office, and events venue at Cole Springs Road and Snows Mill Road.

Just fewer than 50 citizens turned out for the meeting, about half of them interested in the shopping center decision, despite their having been told in advance it was unlikely they would get a chance to speak. They did not get that chance.