Saturday, May 18, 2013
The importance of early childhood education was the topic.
Some big names in the Republican Party are in Georgia this weekend for the GOP Convention that is taking place at the Classic Center in Athens. Scheduled speakers include Republican strategist Karl Rove and former U.S. Congressman Allen West. Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal spoke to GOP State Convention delegates about importance of early childhood education during breakfast Saturday. Business meetings were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Georgia Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) is in attendance and shared with Patch that First Lady and Governor Nathan Deal spoke to GOP State Convention Delegates about importance of early childhood education at breakfast Saturday morning. Business meetings at the center were scheduled to start at…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 14
About the Georgia Lottery: Georgia Lottery proceeds are used to fund specific education programs: 1) Tuition grants, scholarships or loans to undergraduate college students for attendance at eligible Georgia colleges, universities, or technical colleges; 2) The Georgia Prekindergarten Program for all 4-year-olds; and 3) capital outlay projects including computer and other technological upgrades for schools, technical institutes, colleges and universities in the state. More than 1.4 million students have been able to attend colleges through Georgia's HOPE scholarship program; more than 1.2 million four-year-olds have attended Georgia's Prekindergarten Program; and all of Georgia's public schools have benefited from over $1.8 billion in …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The congressman, who represents Oconee County, addressed the committee regarding the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act.
Saturday, May 11
Rep. Paul Broun testified Wednesday, May 8, before the House Armed Services Committee. Broun, who represents the 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, addressed the committee regarding the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act, specifically speaking about drones and unlawful detainment. An excerpt from Broun's statement reads: Broun continued: Click here to watch a video of Broun speaking before the committee.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Presbyterian Homes of Georgia has decided to abandon it plans to put a continuing care retirement community in the dormant Autumn Glen subdivision on Rocky Branch Road.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The vote Tuesday during a meeting held in a packed courtroom at the Oconee County Courthouse was unanimous.
Tuesday, May 7
In front of a crowd of over 160 packed into a courtroom Tuesday night, Oconee County commissioners voted unanimously to deny the Bernard Garrett family's request for a special use permit to convert a piece of their land on Dials Mill Road into a Recycling and Materials Recovery Facility, Lee Becker of Oconee County Observations reports. Also denied unanimously was a request for a variance that would have allowed for increased truck traffic along the road, Becker told Patch. The hearing lasted for more than an hour, followed by at least 20 minutes of deliberations by the Board, he said. Oconee County Observations and Patch will follow up with more details by Wednesday night. Photos from the hearing were shared on the Oconee County, Ga. …
The Oconee County Board of Commissioners is set to take up an application for a beer and wine license at University 16 Cinemas at Epps Bridge Centre off Epps Bridge Parkway.
Monday, May 6, 2013
"I want to continue to move Watkinsville ahead in these tough economic times," he says.
Charles Ivie says he's liked his time as mayor of Watkinsville so much that he's hoping to stay on the job. But just don't call it that. "Because I don't consider this to be a job," Ivie said. "This is a place that I come to enjoy every moment of it." Ivie was first elected in Nov. 2011 and took office that following January, serving on the same council as he had decades before as a councilman. "I am seeking re-election because I want to continue to move Watkinsville ahead in these tough economic times," he stated in a news release. "I would also like to see the sewer extension in the Industrial Park and the Streetcape II project come to fruition." The city election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Along with the mayor's post, …
One of the votes cast on the request to put a materials recovery facility on Dials Mill Road likely will come from Commissioner Jim Luke, whose wife's family has property about a mile from the site.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
If the Bernard Garrett family gets a favorable vote from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday on its recycling facility permit, it will have passed a first hurdle in getting a state permit.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Opponents are voicing their concerns on social media and a newly-created website.
Opponents of the proposed Recycling and Materials Recovery Facility on Dials Mill Road have taken to social media and an online petitions website to spread their message. The Facebook Page Don't Sort Trash On Our Doorstep, which carries the message,"tell the Oconee County Board of Commissioners that waste sorting facilities and residential neighborhoods don't mix!", had 47 "likes" as of Friday afternoon. The website Stop the Dump urges community members to get involved and turn out to the next meeting of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners for a public hearing on the matter. And a petition has also been circulating around the county. Its online version had garnered nearly 100 signatures as of 5 p.m. Friday. The family of Bernard …