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I posted the story about the move of these two retailers on my blog on Sunday, the 25th.

See more about financial issues facing Oconee County as a result of development here:

The county will begin paying $700,000 per year next March to pay off the debt for bringing Caterpillar to the area.


posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:36

Bell came before the Oconee County Board of Commissioners in September and identified himself as the future owner of Jennings Mill.

Oconee County is planning a sewer line along McNutt Creek, which runs through the course. The course straddles the creek, which forms the border for the two counties. Parts of the course are in both counties.

Readers also might be interested in the decision of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia to locate a retirement center in Oconee County. It also was considering a Clarke County site.


posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 08:31

For additional news about what is going on in Oconee County, go to


posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 06:42

For a little background on this Kroger gas station and on other development in this commercial sector of Oconee County, go to:

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 07:19

Readers might be interested in additional perspective on this race and on results of other voting in Oconee County. Here are relevant links:

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:55

For details on the format go to posting from Thursday of last week.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 04:27

Readers interested in more detail about the Mars Hill Road widening project in Oconee County can go to this link below. Included is a video of county Public Works Director Emil Beshara giving an overview of what will happen next.

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 07:48

For a more detailed story on the stands taken by the two candidates and for a lengthy video interview with each, go to:

posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:42

Oconee County commissioners also will take action on the FY15 budget at their meeting tonight. A review of the budget is at:

The commissioners also will consider a rezone request for a piece of property tucked into an island created by SR Loop 10, SR 316 and the new Oconee Connector. That story is at:


posted @ Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 06:55

For another story on signs in Oconee County, go to:

posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:44

Oconee Farmers Market also launches its season on Saturday. Approximately 30 vendors are expected to set up stalls around the courthouse in downtown Watkinsville, beginning at 8 a.m. The market runs until 1 p.m.

posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 - 07:25

Stories about both of the meetings referenced here, with a video clip of Commissioner Margaret Hale's stated concerns, can be found here:

posted @ Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 07:57

The proposal for Watkinsville was put forward as a counter to the proposal for a $25 million courthouse. Many of the people at the meeting on Monday did not understand that. Readers may find this piece and some of the links in it helpful for an understanding of the politics playing out over the courthouse.


posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 14:49

A little background and additional information about the changes are here:

posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 07:51

A picture of the village green proposed as well as of the existing space is on my Oconee County Observations blog,

The story also contains links to the web site for the project and background information on the discussion about the future of the courthouse in Watkinsville.


posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 07:48

I have a small video clip of Bishop's comments and some background information on Oconee County's experience with liquor referendums here:


posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:09

I posted a story on my blog on Jan. 8 about the move by Best Buy.
See details at

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 08:01

Golden Chick is more than a mile from Watkinsville, just east of the intersection of Hog Mountain Road and US 441. Here's another story about chickens in the county:

posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 14:15

Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County have discovered major problems with Orkin Drive, the roadway leading to the Caterpillar plant.

posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 07:04

The Oconee Connector, mentioned in this report, will connect to a widened Mars Hill Road, running initially to Butler's Crossing and then on to Watkinsville. GDOT has delayed awarding bids on the project for five months because Oconee County has not yet purchased rights of way. See:

posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 09:33

Same situation in Watkinsville and North High Shoals. I guess those cities didn't send out a press release.

posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 07:37

Last week I posted occupancy data on Epps Bridge Centre here:

posted @ Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 07:18

For details on the GDOT contract, go to

posted @ Friday, September 6, 2013 - 22:18

Here is some background on the new mall in Oconee.

posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 06:01

For a preview of the Tuesday Oconee County Board of Commissioners meeting, go to :

posted @ Monday, September 2, 2013 - 08:00

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