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Read about identity theft, the latest at the Caterpillar plant, and the growing Epps Bridge Centre in this week's most-read articles, blogs, and announcements on Oconee Patch.

Police and Fire

The child has been found safe and the suspect is in custody. See also: Parent Accused of Taking Her Child Had Recent Troubles with the Law

Bishop Woman Charged with Burglary is Accused of Stealing from Family Members

The thefts allegedly occurred while the 31 year old was visiting the homes of relatives this month, an Oconee County Sheriff's investigator says. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.

Identity Theft Charges Rack up for Atlanta Woman Jailed in Oconee County

An Oconee County Sheriff's investigator has obtained 12 warrants in the 32 year old's name, mostly relating to the identity theft of victims from multiple states. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.

Man Accused of Shoplifting Chainsaw Bar by Hiding it in his Pants

When confronted about the alleged theft on Wednesday, the Gainesville man reportedly starting swinging and kicking at the Oconee County, Ga. Lowe's employees. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.

 

Business

Caterpillar on Track to Take Occupancy of New Oconee-Athens Plant in March

Plant manager Todd Henry says a grand opening of the facility is slated for November.

Past Chairman Mack Guest passed the gavel to Jonathan King at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet on Jan. 24, 2013.

Oconee Restaurant Inspections --Two Eateries Receive Follow-up Inspections

Both were categorized, again, by the Northeast Georgia Health District as "High Risk."

 

Schools

UGA Provost Jere Morehead Named Sole Finalist for UGA Presidency

The Board of Regents will take final action on the selection at a future meeting.

Malcom Bridge Middle Seventh Grader Wins Oconee Schools System Spelling Bee

By correctly spelling an eight-letter word, Sabar Prasad soars to the district spelling bee competition, which takes place next month.

 

Government

Will Congressman Paul Broun Make a Run for Senate? His Wife Says Yes

Niki Broun told a crowd in Gwinnett County that her husband was announcing his run for the the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss in 2014, according to a report.

 

Opinion

Do You Support Boy Scouts of America's Move to Consider Change to Its Anti-Gay Stance?

The organization is reported to be considering allowing organizations that sponsor the various Scout units to make the call on whether or not to open up their membership to gays.

 

Local Voices

Epps Bridge Centre Has Building Permits For 60 Percent Of Core Space by Lee Becker

Judging Books by their Covers by Lori Duff

 

Announcements

ESP kids to showcase talents at 6th Annual Big Hearts Pageant

Fox's Holds Fundraiser Trivia Night to Benefit NOHS

OCHS Swim & Dive Team Wins Clarke-Oconee Area Championship

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