Saturday, July 04, 2020

Participants At Oconee County Courthouse Vigil Recognize Victims Of 1905 Lynching

***Also Attend To Grave Of One Of The Victims***

About 100 people turned out on the front lawn of the Oconee County Courthouse in Watkinsville on Monday to join in recitation of a poem, explain why they had chosen to participate in the vigil, and read aloud the names of the eight victims of vigilante violence near that site 115 years ago.

About half of those present then proceeded funeral-style to a recently discovered grave of one of those victims, where they added soil and flowers and told personal stories about their experiences with race in this country.

Northeast Health District Added 83 New COVID-19 Cases On Saturday, But No New Deaths From The Disease

***Clarke County Added 29 Cases, Oconee Added Six***

The 10-county Northeast Health District topped off a bad week on Saturday by adding 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 that pushed up the seven-day rolling average of added cases to 77.3, a new record. A week ago the seven-day average was 41.7.

Every county in the District added at least one case except for Greene. Clarke County led by adding 29 cases, and Oconee County added six.