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Students from Oconee awarded scholarships at MLK banquet Standard

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

The Athens Area Human Relations Council, Inc. shared more than $10,000 in scholarships to Athens-area high school seniors on Jan. 14, including six students from Oconee County schools. The awards were part of the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship banquet, which featured former University of Georgia Social Work Dean Maurice C. Daniels as keynote speaker. The inaugural Rev. David H. Nunnally Community Service Scholarships were awarded to high school seniors from local schools at the banquet. “The 2017 scholarship honorees are outstanding,” AAHRC President Marvin J. Nunnally said. “We had some tough choices to make with our…

Years ago, people were warned about a bear in Harris Shoals Park Standard


Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville is often a place for walks, picnics and play. But a few years ago, a bear was seen in the park. As a precaution, the city put up signs warning folks that they may encounter one. The bear apparently left town on its own as no one reported any confrontations with the big hairy animal. (Photo by WAYNE FORD)

Giant dragonfly once perched beside Athens Academy lake Standard


A giant metallic dragonfly is perched along the lake on the Athens Academy campus in this photo take a few years back. The dragonfly was one of several such pieces of metal art that were placed at various sites on campus as part of a traveling exhibit. (FILE PHOTO)

The late Rev. Killian an inspiration at Emancipation Proclamation program Standard

Tharon Johnson received the first A.R. Killian Lifetime Achievement Award. Shown, from left, are Jordan Killian, Johnson, Ruth Killian, Martha Johnson-Nunnally and Marvin J. Nunnally. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The 27th Annual Emancipation Proclamation Program was held Jan. 1 at Bethel Baptist Church in downtown Watkinsville with a special remembrance of the late Rev. Archibald Killian, who became a prominent figure in Athens. Killian died last October at the age of 83 after battling cancer. Numerous awards were presented at the event, along with a new honor, the 1st Rev. A.R. Killian Lifetime Achievement Award. The first person to receive this award was Tharon Johnson. “Tharon was once in a high school mentoring group that Clarke Central High School Principal Dr. Russell Studevan and I served as advisers. Tharon…

OCAF opens first exhibit dedicated to art made with wood Standard

A chair based on the form of a gorilla by Robert Brou.

“Wood Works: A Regional Exhibition” will open Jan. 20 with a reception at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville. The inaugural exhibit features the work of 40 wood artists and craftsmen, including furniture makers and wood turners. The exhibit remains up through Feb. 17. The reception on Jan. 20 is free and open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main gallery. The curator for the exhibit is Abraham Tesser and the sponsor is Highland Woodworking of Atlanta. Visitors can see woven baskets by Harvey Meyer, turned wooden teapots by Michael Gibson, vessels made of burls…