Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Dustin Shinholser hopes to open a Five Points Fleet Feet franchise by late June.
Dustin Shinholser finished high school in Oconee County and went to Truit McConnell College before transferring to Mars Hill College in the North Carolina mountains. After graduation, he headed to the Research Triangle Area and began working for Fleet Feet Sports. He wanted to return to the Athens area, but he knew Fleet Feet Sports was a good match for him--he had been running since he was a kid and he knew a lot about retail, running shoes, running equipment and how to run well. He stayed with Fleet Feet and even opened a store in Seattle. And now, Shinholser is realizing his dream: he's opening his own Fleet Feet Sports franchise in Athens. In Five Points, where he hopes to strengthen the running community. He's planning on holding …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
In the Northeast Georgia region, rates have declined.
At 5.0 percent in March 2013, Oconee County's unemployment rate continues to be the lowest in the state. The rate was unchained from a revised 5.0 percent in February. Out of the county's labor force of 19,916, 1,003 were jobless last month. Hancock and Chattahoochee counties tied for the highest unemployment rate in March at 17.1 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the Northeast Georgia region’s unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.8 percent in February to 7.4 percent in March. The rate for the region was 8.5 percent in March a year ago. The regional rate declined as a result of fewer new layoffs, according to a news release. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The country star from Oconee County joins Lee Brice and ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Willie Robertson for some comedic breakup revenge.
What do you think of Tyler Farr's latest music video?
Friday, March 29, 2013
Fewer layoffs resulted in an unemployment rate decline for northeast Georgia in February.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the Northeast Georgia region’s unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent in February, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.2 percent in January. The rate was 8.9 percent in February a year ago. The rate declined as a result of fewer new layoffs, according to a news release. Oconee County's preliminary unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February, the lowest in the state. It is a decline of two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised rate of 5.3 percent in January. Jenkins County had the highest unemployment rate in February at 18.5 percent. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent in January. The rate was 9.2…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Applications are currently being accepted for the position at the Athens-Oconee facility.
Wednesday, February 20
Employer: Caterpillar's new plant in Bogart, Ga. Description: Jobseekers with analytical skills and the ability to communicate effectively are encouraged to apply for the position of Environmental, Health and Safety Technician. Candidates must have at least one year of experience and "a degree in an appropriate scientific discipline is highly desired," according to the company's career website. Relocation is not available. See more. How to apply: Create a profile and submit an online application. Deadline: 12 a.m. on March 5, 2013 You might also be interested in viewing:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Check out some of the cool YouTube videos made by or featuring Oconee County, Ga. residents.
Know of any neat YouTube videos featuring local residents or events? Email links to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the "Upload photos and videos" button to add your video.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The accident early Wednesday closed one lane of Atlanta Highway in Bogart and sent a Barrow County woman to an area hospital for treatment.
The Georgia State Patrold reports a 57-year-old Statham woman was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center Wednesday morning for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries after her car collided with a tractor-trailer in Bogart. Around 5:50 a.m. the woman, driving a Hyundai, attempted to make a left turn from Osceola Avenue onto Atlanta Highway and pulled into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer, according to an information officer with the GSP. The car was hit in its side. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office sent out an advisory through Nixle about 6:20 a.m., stating traffic had been reduced to one lane as a result of the accident. Don’t miss any Oconee news. Subscribe to Oconee Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Sheriff Scott Berry tells Fox 5 News he disagrees with Dana Safety Supply's recent decision to sell semi-automatic, self-loading rifles only to law enforcement and no longer to the general public.
Oconee County, Ga. Sheriff Scott Berry has been speaking out in recent weeks about the issue of gun control, and his interpretation and support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. According to a post dated Jan. 3 on the blog Guns Save Lives, Berry sent an email to a Buford gun shop stating he no longer intends for the Oconee County Sheriff's Office to conduct business with Dana Safety Supply because the company recently revised its policy to no longer sell semi-automatic rifles to non-law enforcement individuals. The company has locations in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta News Thursday, Berry offered an explanation. "If they chose not to sell to civilians, law-abiding …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Princess was found last Thursday evening at Herman C. Michael Park in Oconee County, Ga., cared for by a local resident, and returned to her owner on Jan. 3.
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Thursday, January 3
A pony found wandering at Herman C. Michael Park last Thursday has been reunited with her rightful owner -- a 5-year-old girl. According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, the pony was in the care of a local resident until her owner could be located. Fox 5 News reports that resident is a volunteer fireman. On the morning of Jan. 3, the pony's photo was posted on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, and by 6 p.m. a new photo was added with the good news that Princess would be going home. The pony was a Christmas gift for the little girl. Watch the reunion here.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
A look back at some of the biggest, most interesting, and special moments that occurred in Oconee County, Ga this past year.
Before the start of 2013, take a few minutes to look back at some highlights from 2012. How will you remember 2012? Tell us in the comments below. February Fifth Annual Big Hearts Pageant 2012 STAR Students and Teachers Celebrated March On the Fast Track: Caterpillar Plant Construction Begins in Oconee-Athens July Oconee's Fireworks Grand Finale Wows Crowd September Bells Ring, Cannons Boom on Constitution Day in Watkinsville Watch Bill Nelson, Teacher of the Year, Accept Award October Wounded Marines Start 'Amputee Outdoors' to Support Their Own Swimming Pigs Newest Attraction at Washington Farms November Retired Educator Roger Bailey Inducted Into the Oconee County Schools Hall of Fame Martha Brodrick's Legacy Lives on in the …