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Doug Berky rides a unicycle during a previous performance at the annual Mingle with Kringle event. (OCAF PHOTO)

Annual Mingle with Kringle at OCAF features entertainer Doug Berkey

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is hosting a holiday event on Saturday featuring Santa Claus, crafts experts and a visit by the well-traveled mask-maker and comedic Doug Berky. Berky, who has been performing theater since the 1970s, has plans for a show involving comedy, mime and juggling and his time on stage will incorporate some of his masks as well. The annual Mingle with Kringle, which has become a tradition for OCAF, takes place Saturday with the first session at 10 a.m. and a second session at 1 p.m. at the facility on School Street in downtown Watkinsville. Admission is…

Head of School John Thorsen, Georgia and Richard Patterson, Ham and Brenda Magill, biology teacher Anna Scott, and Development Director George Huban. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Longtime Athens Academy biology teacher honored


Local Christmas trees headed to military base in Wisconsin


Prince Avenue Christian athletic director Richard Ricketts consoles seniors Thomas Huff (left) and Noah Campbell (right) following the Wolverines’ loss to Fellowship Christian last Friday night (photo by MATTHEW CALDWELL/Oconee Leader)

Prince Avenue Christian season ends in semifinals after comeback comes up short

After getting outscored 25-7 in the first half of last Friday night’s semifinal against Fellowship Christian in the Class A private school state tournament, Prince Avenue Christian head coach Greg Vandagriff said he didn’t have any magic words for his team in the locker room at halftime. “You have to go out there and have guts and play hard and believe in yourselves and believe in each other, and keep fighting,” Vandagriff said. The Paladins added another touchdown with 5:34 left in the third quarter to take a 31-7 lead. Then the Wolverines started to come back, but it wasn’t…