Saturday, February 20, 2021

Early Voting Starts Monday For Oconee County Education Local Option Sales Tax Referendum

***Goal Is To Move Ahead On Third Middle School***

Oconee County Schools plans to sell general obligation bonds before the middle of June and move forward with building and then opening a third middle school in the Fall of 2023 if voters approve the sales tax referendum on the March 16 ballot.

The issue is being put before the voters early–the current sales tax authorization does not expire until the end of 2022–in order to take advantage of low interest rates and to avoid increased costs due to inflation, according to school officials.

Northeast Health District Adds Eight Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths, Including One In Clarke County

***Rolling Averages Added Deaths, Cases Declined***

The Northeast Health District added eight confirmed COVID-19 deaths, including one in Clarke County, with the release of the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Saturday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths fell slightly.

The 10-county District also added 132 new cases of the disease, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases continued to decline.