Oconee County

Here are Georgia’s 2021 Blue Ribbon Schools. Did your school make the cut?

Here are Georgia’s 2021 Blue Ribbon Schools. Did your school make the cut?

Nine Georgia schools have earned the national Blue Ribbon recognition for 2021. The Blue Ribbon is a recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. The Georgia schools named 2021 recipients of the honor are: Bleckley County High School, a Bleckley County Public SchoolCrabapple Lane Elementary School, a Fayette County Public SchoolJohns Creek Elementary School, a Forsyth County Public SchoolElite Scholars Academy School, a Clayton County Public SchoolOakhurst Elementary School, a Decatur City Schools Public SchoolFulton Science Academy, a private school in Fulton CountyRiverview Elementary School, a Dawson County Public SchoolHigh Shoals Elementary School, an Oconee County Public SchoolJefferson Middle School,…
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Police: Burglary ring stole $2.1 million worth of property

Police: Burglary ring stole $2.1 million worth of property

A burglary ring that police say was responsible for about 200 burglaries and $2.1 million of stolen property has been charged by police in Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett County Police Department Burglary Unit indicted 12 people with a total of 66 felony counts after a two year long investigation. Gwinnett County has had a series of burglaries which have targeted victims of Asian descent dating back to 2019. The suspects force entry to the residence, enter the home and proceed to take valuable such as money, jewelry, and identification documents. During the course of the investigation the suspects were linked to burglaries in…
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Georgia’s top county for small businesses will surprise you

Georgia’s top county for small businesses will surprise you

Oconee County has the highest concentration of small businesses in Georgia, according to a new study from a New York-based financial technology company. The report, compiled by SmartAsset, ranked counties based on the percentage of the county’s total tax returns filed by small business owners and the percentage of income derived from small businesses. In Oconee County, 35.59% of tax returns are from small businesses, second only to Gwinnett’s 36.35%. Small business income accounts for 16.85% of total income in Oconee, tops on the list. Those results gave Oconee a total score of 57.40 in the report, easily the best.…
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$10,000 reward offered for information on killing of Georgia RaceTrac clerk

$10,000 reward offered for information on killing of Georgia RaceTrac clerk

WATKINSVILLE -- The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who shot and killed a clerk at a RaceTrac in Watkinsville, Georgia, on Friday, March 19. RaceTrac is also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. The FBI has opened an investigation in conjunction with the Oconee County Sheriff Office into the deadly shooting. According to the FBI, at about 1:40 a.m. on Friday, the Oconee County Sheriff Office responded to the RaceTrac at 7921 Macon Highway in Watkinsville and found the clerk, 23-year-old Elijah Wood,…
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This Georgia county has the strongest small business presence

This Georgia county has the strongest small business presence

Small businesses are a crucial part of the U.S. economy -- more than 99% of the businesses in the country are small businesses -- and their impact to local economies is just as important. A new study from SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, reveals the places in each state with the strongest small business presence. The study measures IRS data on the number of small businesses operating in each county, how much income they generate and what they pay in taxes.  According to the study, Fulton County ranked a surprising second in the top places in Georgia. The top…
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GBI: Georgia deputy kills woman who was armed with knife and blowtorch

GBI: Georgia deputy kills woman who was armed with knife and blowtorch

An Oconee County deputy shot and killed a Georgia woman Monday during a domestic dispute call. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that at about 10:26 a.m., Oconee Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute 911 call on Creek View Court in Athens. Deputies met with the male caller who said a woman inside the residence had hit him in the head with an object and was being aggressive toward him. Deputies entered the residence and located the woman who was armed with a knife and was holding a lit blowtorch. Officials say for about 17…
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