Thursday, April 11, 2024

Candidates At Conservatives Of Northeast Georgia Forum Challenge Republican Incumbents They Will Face On May, November Ballots

***Oconee Library Discussed At Length

The Conservatives of Northeast Georgia didn’t invite the incumbents to participate in their candidate forum last week, and even though none of the incumbents physically was in the room, their presence was much in evidence.

All of the speakers at the forum are challenging incumbents, and the speakers criticized the Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education, the Clerk of Superior Court, and the three incumbent legislators representing the county in the General Assembly in Atlanta.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Library Board Reclassifies Two Books In Oconee County Library Following Citizen Requests For Reconsideration

***Six Citizens Speak Before Board Makes Decisions***

The Oconee County Library Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the Athens Regional Library System Reconsideration Review Committee on Monday and voted unanimously to move the book Other Boys by Damien Alexander from the Juvenile to the Young Adult section of the Oconee County Library.

The Board put aside the recommendation of the Review Committee that Nick and Charlie remain in the Young Adult Section and instead moved the book to the Adult Section of the Library.

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Oconee County Library Board To Consider Two More Requests To Move Books In Oconee County Library

***Total Requests In Last Year Now Stands At 12***

At its 4:30 p.m. meeting tomorrow (April 8) at the Bogart Library, the Oconee County Library Board of Trustees will take up two new Requests for Reconsideration of books in the Oconee County Library filed by Oconee County citizens.

Rebecca Billings has asked the Board of Trustees to move the book Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman from the Young Adult to the Adult Section.

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Citizens At Oconee County Commission Meeting Continue Discussion Of Oconee County Library

***Challenges To Voter Registration Also Raised***

Concerns about the Oconee County Library and about election integrity were prominent again at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

Five citizens used the public comment opportunity at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Board, with one focusing on recent legislation designed to make it easier to challenge voter registration, two voicing criticism of the Oconee County Library, and two voicing support for that Library.

Friday, April 05, 2024

Georgia Department Of Public Health Ends Reporting On COVID-19

***Says Disease No Longer An Emergency***

The Georgia Department of Public Health has announced that its COVID-19 Daily Status Report of March 27 is its last.

“According to the CDC and leading public health officials,” the Department of Public Health states, “COVID-19 remains an important public health threat, but it is no longer the emergency that it once was.”

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Oconee County Elections Board Adopts Policies For Public Comment, Use Of Executive Sessions

***Citizens Asked For Opportunity To Speak***

The Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration on Tuesday adopted policies for citizen comment at its meetings and for when it goes into executive session.

The Board agreed to set aside 15 minutes at the beginning of its regular monthly meetings for citizens to speak. Citizens will be required to use a sign-up sheet at the meeting and will be called up in order of sign-up.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

GDOT Asking Local Planning Organization To Bundle Funding For Jimmy Daniell Road, Virgil Langford Road, And Oconee Connector

***Public Comment Will Be Sought***

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is asking MACORTS, the metropolitan transportation planning organization for Oconee County, to bundle funding in its planning documents for the Jimmy Daniell Road, Virgil Langford Road, and Oconee Connector intersections with SR 316.

The request is to facilitate moving forward with construction of the three projects, Kimberly Grayson from GDOT Planning told members of the Technical Coordinating Committee of MACORTS at its meeting last month.