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DeeDee Gaines, with her dog Sophie and son Knox, is helping to organize the Canines and Cocktails event at Mutty Paws in June to raise money for improvements at the Bark Park at Oconee Veterans Park. 
ROB PEECHER/Oconee Leader

Event seeks to raise bucks for Oconee Bark Park

Last summer the Facebookers of Oconee County managed to secure a $25,000 grant from Pet Safe to make improvements to the Bark Park at Oconee Veterans Park. This summer, supporters of the park are hoping to raise another $10,000 to complete the project. On Sunday, June 12, Mutty Paws in downtown Watkinsville will host a Canines and Cocktails event hoping to raise a portion of the money still needed to finish the improvements at the Bark Park. DeeDee Gaines, who sits on the county’s parks and rec department and is helping to organize the event, said the county hopes to…

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Retired Marine Pfc. John McGilvray salutes the flag as "Taps" is performed at Oconee County Middle School in Watkinsville, Ga.       
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Michael Hans with family and coaches (photo by MATTHEW CALDWELL/Oconee Leader)

Hans signs with University of Georgia to run cross country, track

Oconee County graduate Michael Hans won’t have to travel far when he attends college in the fall. A standout member of the Warriors’ cross country and track teams, Hans signed a national letter of intent with the University of Georgia to join the Bulldogs’ cross country and track and field teams. “It’s like a dream come true. I think I am going to enjoy it next year. I am looking forward to it, staying close to home and being able to keep in touch with my high school coaches as I continue on to the next level. I can’t wait,”…