Friday, January 27, 2023

COVID-19 Cases In NE Health District Drop For Fourth Week; Eight Confirmed Deaths From Disease Reported

***Two Of Confirmed Deaths From Disease In Clarke***

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported eight new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday, including two in Clarke County.

The Department of Public Health reported seven confirmed deaths from the disease in the Northeast Health District on Wednesday of last week, and seven the week before that.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Oconee Commissioners To Seek Citizen Comment On Preliminary Multi-Use Trails Master Plan

***Date For Input Still To Be Set***

Oconee County citizens will get a chance in the coming months to comment on preliminary plans for a multi-use trail system for the county that could be funded in part with money from the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by voters in November.

The centerpiece of the plan is what is termed the Main Loop that would wind around the northern part of the county, connecting Hog Mountain Road, Malcom Bridge Road, Rocky Branch Road, Mars Hill Road, and Daniells Bridge Road.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Oconee County Elections Director Reviews Recent Elections, Discusses Plans For Future

***Also Praises Staff And Voters***

Sharon Gregg, who took over as director of Elections and Registration in Oconee County in September, introduced herself to Oconee County Democrats last week with a report on the November and December elections and tips on things to come.

Gregg said the two elections took place without any glitches and that turnout was high.

“The longest anyone waited in line was 20 minutes,” Gregg said referring to the December 6 runoff. “And that is great. We had people just swarming in. I love it. I love it when people want to vote.”

Monday, January 23, 2023

Oconee Legislators Wiedower, Gaines, Cowsert Get Top Committee Assignments In Georgia General Assembly

***Okefenokee Swamp Issue Impacts Wiedower’s Committee***

Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns last week appointed Oconee County’s state Rep. Marcus Wiedower chair of the General Government subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee when he announced new committee assignments for the current House session.

Burns also appointed Oconee County’s other state representative, Houston Gaines, as vice chair of the subcommittee on Higher Education.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Oconee County Recreation Advisory Committee Approves Proposal For Upgrade To Heritage Park

***Proposal Offered For Equine Events***

Amanda McCoy says that the covered arena at Oconee County’s Heritage park is in disrepair and underutilized and that she has a plan to change that.

A self-described “horse lady,” McCoy appeared before the Board of Commissioners back in November with suggestions on how to make the facility more usable for horse events.

McCoy followed that up with a presentation last week before the county’s Recreation Advisory Committee, of which she is a member.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

COVID-19 Cases In NE Health District Drop For Third Week; Seven Confirmed Deaths From Disease Reported, Same As Last Week

***Two Of Confirmed Deaths From Disease In Clarke***

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported seven new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Northeast Health District in its report on Wednesday, including two in Clarke County.

The Department of Public Health also had reported seven confirmed deaths from the disease on Wednesday of last week.

The Department of Public Health also reported that the Northeast Health District added 494 new cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Jan. 18, based on the Department’s electronic tracking system.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Meeting Called To Develop New Request Of Oconee School Board For Adding Religious Instruction Into School Day

***Mars Hill Baptist Church Is Venue***

Julie Mauck has called a meeting of interested local citizens for 6 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at Mars Hill Baptist Church to develop a new plan for incorporating Christian instruction into the curriculum of Oconee County Schools.

Working with LifeWise Academy, Mauck plans to ask the Board to allow K-5 students at Oconee County Schools to leave their campuses during regular school hours for Bible-based instruction.