The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority (UOBWA) has prevailed in litigation with Jackson County over the management of the Bear Creek Reservoir as the Supreme Court of Georgia declined to hear Jackson County’s appeal of earlier rulings.
The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority provides water to the citizens of Athens-Clarke County, Barrow County, Jackson County and Oconee County.
The Court of Appeals of Georgia declined last December to hear Jackson County’s appeal of a Piedmont Judicial Circuit judge’s ruling. Judge Joseph Booth had ruled against Jackson County’s attempt to force a recalculation of the established yield of the Bear Creek Reservoir.
The lawsuit has been ongoing since 2008.
By LEANNE AKIN
After two community meetings at which public input was received about the possibility of Benton Elementary School being repurposed for another education-related use, Jackson County Board of Education chairman Michael Cronic announced Monday that Benton would remain open.
“We are going to leave Benton open but we are going to need your help,” said Cronic, who pointed out that keeping Benton open will come at a price which has yet to be determined. Redistricting of students will likely be ahead to help even out the student population between the east side where classrooms are sitting empty and the crowded and growing west side.
The Jackson County Comprehensive High School fine arts auditorium erupted into cheers and shouts from Benton Elementary supporters.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded Jan. 23 to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Commerce in reference to a theft from a Fed Ex delivery truck.
The driver of the Fed Ex vehicle reported two females stole a package from the delivery truck.
The two females were later apprehended and transported to the Jackson County Jail. Litishia Faye Lawrence, 57, of Commerce, and Janis Elizabeth Vaughn, 57, of Toccoa, are both facing burglary in the second charges.
Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718. You can provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 706-367-3784 to report any criminal or suspicious activity.
BY CHARLES PHELPS
NORCROSS – The Mill Creek Hawks have dropped three straight games against region rivals. The latest being a 68-59 road loss at the hands of the Norcross Blue Devils.
The Hawks (14-9, 6-6 Region 7-AAAAAA) were led by senior Davion Clark’s 22 point-performance.
The Hawks led 18-15 after the first quarter and when Ryan Dobbs connected for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half, they were tied 34-34.
They opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run, but the Blue Devils rallied, gaining the lead behind a 12-0 run, a lead they never relinquished. The closest the Hawks could get was two points.