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Hands of Respect by Athens sculptor Stan Mullins is located on Greensboro Highway.  (Wayne Ford/THE OCONEE LEADER)

Watkinsville art program captures curiosity of city officials across Georgia

The city of Watkinsville has engaged its residents in an outdoors art program featuring sculptures and more than a dozen art panels. The artworks, including one granite piece weighing in at 12,000 pounds, are placed at various locations throughout the city. “We are pleased with what we have done to this point,” Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie said recently explaining that the program captured the curiosity of city leaders elsewhere. “We were invited by the (Georgia) Municipal Association at its June convention to present our program to a group of mayors and city managers,” he said. At the GMA convention, Ivie…

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Jarryd Wallace training at the University of Georgia earlier this week (photo by MATTHEW CALDWELL/Oconee Leader)

Ready to represent Team USA again, Oconee’s Jarryd Wallace qualifies for Paralympic team

When Jarryd Wallace stepped onto the track at Oconee County High School as a senior in 2008, he thought that was going to be the last time he competed in a track and field event. Wallace, then a senior at Oconee, was still two years away from having his right leg amputated below the knee. At the time, he was coming off a surgery he said he went into “not knowing if I would have my leg or not.” At the Oconee-Barberitos Classic in March 2008, he stepped onto the blocks for the 100-meter dash and ran a race he…