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Bogart artist Debbie Payne has a basement studio in which to immerse herself in art. (Photo by WAYNE FORD)

Pet project: Oconee artists paints cats and dogs

Debbie Payne began seriously producing artwork about four years ago when she found a rather friendly niche. She paints pets — cats, dogs and even birds. This past holiday the popular item was a Christmas tree ornament with a painted portrait of the buyer’s pet. “A lot of people want white ornaments, but sometime they’ll send me a photo of a white dog,” Payne said. “OK, I’ve got to get this white dog to show up on white,” she said with a chuckle. “But I have managed to do it.” Payne works in the basement studio of her home in Keeneland…

Abraham Tesser, shown in his studio, used his connections to bring in a slate of highly regarded wood artists for the first  OCAF exhibit on wood art. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athens furniture maker pulls in wood artists for OCAF exhibit

Scholarships named in honor of the late Rev. David H. Nunnally were given to local students recently. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Students from Oconee awarded scholarships at MLK banquet


Alexa and Paris Phillips cheer on their team Monday at Stegeman Coliseum (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

North Oconee grads Alexa and Paris Phillips, now at N.C. State, compete against UGA

Alexa Phillips and Paris Phillips were back in town on Monday to compete at Stegeman Coliseum. The Phillips twins, both sophomores at North Carolina State, competed against the University of Georgia and they were both cheered loudly by fans in the sold-out arena. “It was cool having the support system out here because my club gym is here, my friends and my family are here. We had such a big crowd for me and Alexa to come out and cheer on N.C. State. It’s nice to have that support system,” Paris said. “Athens is my hometown and it’s where I…