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Oconee County honored its veterans last week with a special ceremony held at Oconee Veterans Park. Former Watkinsville Mayor Jim Luken was among the speakers at the ceremony, and the Malcom Bridge Middle School band performed. During the ceremony, special recognition was given to the Vietnam veterans in the audience, who were asked to come forward and stand in front of the Veterans Memorial to be recognized (photo by ROB PEECHER/Oconee Leader)

Oconee honors local veterans during Veterans Day ceremony

Former Watkinsville Mayor and Vietnam veteran Col. Jim Luken spoke November 11 at the Veterans Day ceremony at Oconee Veterans Park, and the ceremony also included a special recognition for Vietnam Veterans. In his remarks, Luken recalled a four-and-a-half day engagement in the spring of 1968 in which 700 Marines faced 7,000 North Vietnamese. “Each company lost numerous leaders throughout the fighting,” Luken said. “At least two Marines from the battle received the Medal of Honor. … By the end of the war, 40,000 Americans were killed and five times that many were injured.” Luken kept his remarks short as…

Rachel Harper and her grandson 8-year-old Gage Harper help sort cans at ACTS last week (photo by ROB PEECHER/Oconee Leader)

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Oconee County’s Tyler Davis stiff-arms a Cedartown defender during his kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half last Friday at North Oconee (photo by MATTHEW CALDWELL/Oconee Leader)

28-point second half propels Warriors to second round for second straight season

After getting down 7-3 nearly one minute into the second quarter, the Oconee County Warriors outscored Cedartown 35-0 in the final 34 minutes of the game to win 38-7 in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament. It’s the second straight season the Warriors have advanced to the second round. “We started out slow and sluggish but Cedartown had a lot to do with that. I knew it would be a tough game. They are a very good defensive football team. I am proud and pleased that we won,” said head coach Travis Noland. “In the playoffs, it’s…