New arrivals for the family of Andrew and Abby Evatt

Andrew Evatt may be stationed in the army across the country, but he still considers Oconee County his home. Sgt. Evatt and his wife, Abby, are counting their blessings. Identical twins Brody and Jackson Evatt were born to the Evatts last Thursday at Fort Lewis, Washington. Sgt. Evatt’s father, Mike Evatt, is the proud grandfather in Oconee County’s Keowee community.

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A top-performing micropolitan

The Seneca micropolitan area, which takes in all of Oconee County, was recently ranked the top performing micropolitan in South Carolina and eighth overall in the country. There are 576 micropolitan areas and those are defined by having an urban core of at least 10,000 residents but no more than 50 thousand in population. Site Selection Magazine is an economic […]

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Thorsland: “It’s just the way we do business”

From time to time, questions arise as to just what purpose Oconee public school credit cards are being used. But the district’s top officials say the use of the credit cards by individual schools and individual school personnel is carefully monitored. District policy allows the cards to be used for purchases under $2,500 dollars. Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, told the […]

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Westminster house fire

A house fire early this morning in Westminster. 96.3/WGOG NEWS has been told the fire occurred around 2:30 this morning in a home at 112 Oak Street in the vicinity of E. Main Street.  Lt. Michael Smith says the city police are helping the fire department in the investigation of the fire, and he said that just about everything about […]

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Two deputies pick up their diplomas

 Oconee County deputy sheriffs Colby Mize and Jordei Jameson are the seventh and eighth graduates of a basic law enforcement program, since Mike Crenshaw became Sheriff in 2013. Mize and Jameson graduated Friday from the basic law enforcement program of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Mize was hired by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office in September of last year. He […]

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Four causes to benefit from golf tourney

Money has poured in as the result of last year’s golf classic, sponsored by the Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation. Each of the following causes received checks for $25,500: Safe Kids Upstate, Lifeline Services, the Mountain Lakes AccessHealth Dental Clinic, and equipment needs at Oconee Memorial Hospital. The committee also announced plans for its golf ball drop and evening reception. The […]

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Renovation plans for Fair-Oak Elementary

Plans to renovate Oconee’s Fair-Oak Elementary School were detailed last night to the county school trustees. In a presentation by members of the Columbia architect firm Jumper Carter Sease, the trustees were told they can expect new classrooms, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium to be among the improvements undertaken by Trehel Corporation, the district’s construction management company. Although trustees have […]

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School make-up days “up in the air”

Still “up in the air” is the issue of the extent to which Oconee public schools will be required to make-up for class days lost to this winter’s severe weather. During a meeting of county trustees last night, Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland relayed a message from Senator Thomas Alexander in which the Oconee-Pickens lawmaker indicated the state likely will take […]

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Mercedes-Benz Vans chooses Charleston County

Mercedes-Benz Vans has chosen N. Charleston to be a production plant for its new, full van manufacturing plant in North America. According to the announcement made today by Governor Haley and the state Commerce Department, the car-maker will invest $500 million and, over the next several years, create 1,300 new jobs. On about 200 acres of Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Mercedes-Benz […]

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Judge makes pre-trial ruling in Walhalla homicide case

A magistrate has decided the Oconee Grand Jury should hear the State’s case against Kenneth Strother Collins Jr., charged with the stabbing death of Jeremy Lee Little nearly two months ago inside a Walhalla home. Two other people, including the granddaughter of the home owner, are co-defendants in the case. But a Walhalla police officer testified this morning his department […]

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