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Views of Barber Creek in Oconee County. File Photo/Staff

Another major sewage spill in Oconee County

Oconee County utility workers will monitor a stretch of wastewater pipe near Barber Creek more closely after the county’s latest major sewage spill this week. A ruptured 10-inch pipe released an estimated 100,000 to 120,000 gallons of wastewater into Barber Creek, estimated Oconee County Utility Director Wayne Haynie. The pipe carries about 130,000 gallons a day of wastewater to the county’s Rocky Branch land application wastewater treatment site. A stream sampling team from the county’s Calls Creek wastewater treatment facility caught the spill. They saw wastewater flowing in a ditch beside Malcom Bridge Road and into Barber Creek near a…

Ellen Crymes (from left), Drew Richardson and Rachel Reines were recently honored by Athens Academy. CONTRIBUTED

Athens Academy honors students for performance

Jamie Parr holds her 4-year-old son Luke in a recent photo. CONTRIBUTED

Watkinsville woman credits young son with saving her life in swimming pool


Adam Frazier follows through for his first career Major League hit, a single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning (contributed photo by Dave Arrigo/Pittsburgh Pirates)

Oconee’s Frazier collects first Major League hit in first career at-bat for Pittsburgh Pirates

He had to wait a few innings to get his chance but when Oconee County graduate Adam Frazier stepped into the batter’s box for the first time as a Major Leaguer on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, he made the most of it. Frazier hit a 2-2 pitch into center field for his first career Major League hit in his first career at-bat. “I knew with where the situation was in the game I may be coming in with a double switch. Happened to be with bases loaded on defense so I just went out there expecting the…