It’s only a drill: the Oconee County School District says Oconee Middle School will be on lockdown starting around 9:45 this morning in the first in a series of tests of first responders that will take place at all Oconee County schools over the next two weeks. From the Oconee Co School District… WHAT: Oconee County Middle School is holding a lockdown drill to test its new Crisis Alert System and this drill is open to local media. All schools in OCS will be holding lockdown drills over the next two weeks. This new Crisis Alert System provides an opportunity for any OCS employee to activate their Centegix badge to alert local law enforcement immediately. With the press of a button, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, school administrators, and district administrators will be notified of the exact location and the specific person that activated the alert. After a button on the badge has been pressed, beacon lights will flash in classrooms and hallways. Students will hear an intercom message to “Avoid. Deny. Defend.” Desktop computers will be taken over with the alert. Law enforcement will be en route. For a short video on the Centegix Crisis Alert System, please visit www.oconeeschools.org/alert. WHO: At the OCMS lockdown drill, school and district administrators, local law enforcement, and Centegix staff will be present. WHEN: Fri., Aug. 16 at 9:45 a.m. WHERE: Oconee County Middle School 1101 Mars Hill Rd. Watkinsville, GA 30677
Democrat Deborah Gonzalez kicks off her campaign for District Attorney with a weekend rally at Little King’s on West Hancock Avenue in Athens: State Rep Scott Holcomb is the featured speaker for the event that is set for 4 o’clock Saturday. Gonzalez, who served a year in the Georgia House, is so far the only announced candidate in the race to replace Ken Mauldin, who says he is not running for another as DA in Clarke and Oconee counties. From Deborah Gonzalez’ Facebook page… We are so excited to kickoff my DA campaign and celebrate my birthday at one of my favorite places with many of my special friends and supporters. Together we will bring fair and just prosecution to Athens and Oconee. Guest Speaker: Rep Scott Holcomb
A 22 year-old Bogart man was killed in a Thursday evening car vs motorcycle crash on Jefferson Road: Christopher Kurian’s motorcycle collided with a car near Jefferson River Road. Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating. He was arrested for obstructing traffic while riding a bicycle: the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office says Chance Wade was caught with marijuana and methamphetamine. There are misdemeanor marijuana charges and felony counts for the meth possession for the 45 year-old man from Elberton, who was also caught with what deputies say was counterfeit cash. The investigation into a fire and a death in Stephens County continues, with firefighters saying it looks like the blaze that burned a house was intentionally set, apparently by the man whose body was found in the charred remains of the home in Toccoa. Police say the death of the 60 year-old man appears to have been a suicide. A Braselton man was, at last report, still on the run after a traffic stop in Gainesville: Gainesville Police say they pulled over 26 year-old Khalil Washington when they spotted him using his cell phone in violation of Georgia’s hands-free law; they say he ran away after they found marijuana and other drugs in his car. State Corrections officials were, at last report, still trying to track down an inmate in Hall County: David Johnson is on a work-release program; he did not return to a transition center from his place of employment in Lula.