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Athens Academy students on a field trip during the 1968-69 school year. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athens Academy preparing book showing its 50-year history

Athens Academy will release a hardcover, coffee-table type book next year covering its 50 years of history dating to when the school began with 147 students to today’s enrollment of almost 1,000. “The book goes through the whole 50 years,” said Margaret Smith, who is working with The Storyline Group, an Atlanta publisher of family and business histories. “They have already scanned over 900 images,” said Smith, who is a longtime member of the Board of Trustees and works at the school as its archivist. While the book may contain from 200 to 300 of the images, many others will…

The Academy’s original board of trustees included, front from left, John J. Wilkins III (chairman), John E. “Buck” Griffin, Mary Erwin, Harold Beasley; middle row, Dr. Jack Payne, Merle Prunty, Mary Cooley, Thomas Tillman; back row, Dr. Harvey Cabaniss, Cecil Johnson, Elmer Schacht, Donald Terry, and Ronald Griffeth, who was the first headmaster. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athens Academy celebrating 50-year anniversary

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Paige Cole is Oconee County’s Teacher of the Year

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Pictured are (left to right) Colin O’Neal, Harrison Morris, Wesley John, Megan Crozier, Cailey Dunford, Caroline McArthur, Nicole Pachuta, Norine Moore, Maggie Clutter, Tanner Schroer, Kelton McConnell, Jake Hadden, Tucker Shroer and Sam Hunt (contributed photo)

Oconee County cross country sweeps Aubrae Gunderson Invitational

Oconee County’s cross country teams had a successful day in last Saturday’s Aubrae Gunderson Invitational in Conyers. Running in the small-team meet, Oconee County finished first in the boys’ and girls’ meet and had Wesley John win the boys’ run with a time of 16:23 and Nicole Pachuta win the girls’ run with a time of 19:59. For the full meet results, click here Caroline McArthur finished fourth (21:16), Norine Moore finished eighth (21:50), Cailey Dunford finished 16th (22:57) and Megan Crozier finished 22nd (23:20) out of 94 runners. The Lady Warriors had 42 points and beat Druid Hills and…