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Walter Lee of Greenbriar Creek farm in Bishop examines one of the trees on his farm. He has participated in the Trees for Troops program since its inception in 2005. (Photo by WAYNE FORD)

Growing support: Christmas tree farmers show appreciation for troops

Walter Lee of Bishop and Greg Smith of Nicholson have helped provide the families of U.S. soldiers with Christmas trees for the past 10 years. And this Christmas season will be no different. Since 2005 the men, who each operate a Christmas tree farm, will be the go-to men in this area for the Trees for Troops, a program under the nonprofit organization Christmas Spirit Foundation and partner with FedEx, a worldwide business that volunteered to transport the trees to various military bases. Both farms, Smith’s 7 G’s Farm in Jackson County and Lee’s Greenbriar Creek farm in Oconee County, are accepting $40 sponsorships for…

Steve Scruggs addresses the crowd during the ribbon-cutting that included a barbecue plate dinner provided by Hot Thomas BBQ. (Photo by WAYNE FORD)

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The Lady Titans with the region championship trophy on Wednesday (photo by MATTHEW CALDWELL/Oconee Leader)

North Oconee girls win cross country region championship

A week after winning the Clarke-Oconee Area championship at their home course, the North Oconee Lady Titans picked up another first-place trophy by beating St. Pius by just one point. The Lady Titans finished with 41 points after four runners finished in the top 10. St. Pius finished with 42 points. For photos of the race, click here “We know what that is like from both ends. We have had one-point losses, one-point wins, tiebreakers. We are elated that some girls were able to handle some adverse conditions and respond with all of their heart,” said head coach Ralph Moore….