Two Oconee Teens Among First Female Eagle Scouts

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This year marks the first time that girls will be able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. 

Two Oconee County teens are going to be among the first female Eagle Scouts in the country. 

Halen DeMattei and Betsy Chapeau will be part of the 2020 class of Scouts achieving this high honor. DeMattei and Chapeau rebuilt the butterfly garden at Oconee County Middle School for their service project.

The pair are accomplishing this just over a year and a half after Boy Scouts changed their name to Scouts BSA and began accepting girls to their program. 


To promote the health and safety of the University of Georgia and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, UGA’s Spring 2021 Academic Calendar has been modified. These modifications have been developed following consultations with the University’s Medical Oversight Taskforce, Educational Affairs Committee, University Curriculum Committee, Academic Advising Coordinating Council, Student Government Association, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Deans, as well as other faculty and students.


The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, is calling for a coordinated, national testing strategy to identify, track and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the nation. Dr. Ross McKinney is the Chief Scientific Officer with the nonprofit. 


St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, along with Sacred Heart in Lavonia are providing more than 2,000 free food boxes to community residents in need.

The Farmers to Families Food Box Program will hand out 30 to 40-pound boxes to anyone coming through their drive-through line. Dr. Tamara Bourda is Regional VP of Community Health and Wellbeing with the facility. She explains how the process works.


Tropical Storm Zeta resulted in the deaths of at least three people and left 2.5 million customers without power in Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi after high winds and gusts knocked trees and limbs onto power lines.

Georgia Power reported more than 550,000 customers lost power in the wake of Zeta traveling through the state. Jackson EMC reported more than 50,000 outages at the height of the storm, with linemen restoring nearly 30,000 since 4:30 this morning. Jackson EMC received support from crews from Flint Energies and Ocmulgee EMC.