Superintendent knocks down rumor

Dr. Michael Thorsland made clear today he’s not going to leave his position as Oconee Superintendent of Education.  Responding to a rumor, Thorsland says he is staying. He told 101.7/WGOG NEWS that he has made no application for another position. Thorsland, who is under contract with the district,  says he has no intention to leave the job, to which he […]

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Casey Waddell

Casey Allen Waddell, 25, died Saturday in Anderson.  The funeral will be 2 pm Wednesday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park. The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.  The family is at the mother’s home, 204 Knotty Pine Court, Westminster, SC  29693.  Flowers accepted. Memorials may […]

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Additional diplomas awarded

Sixty-one people are carrying a high school diploma from Oconee County who previously had no sheepskin to their credit.  According to the school district announcement, by the deadline December 31 a total of 97 applications were processed.  From that number, the district granted diplomas to 61 of the applicants.  The remaining 36 were judged ineligible under the provisions of the […]

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Months later, school closing vote still sensitive

A vote in October by the Oconee School Board set the closing of the county’s smallest high school for the end of this academic year.  But it remains a sensitive issue, as evidenced by last night’s public comment session at the board of trustees’ meeting.  All five speakers expressed hope the trustees will reverse their decision.  Failing that, they implore […]

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Court to hear Tamassee-Salem appeal

A court docket indicates the appeal of the decision to close an Oconee County school will be heard next month.  As part of a week of non-jury matters, the docket lists the appeal of Lynne Martin of the Oconee School Board’s decision to close the Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School at the end of this school year and send its student to […]

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Atkins’ retirement date March 1

After 28 years with West Union, Cecelia Atkins will retire as the town’s clerk-treasurer.  At its meeting tomorrow, the town council is to act on Atkins’ retirement request and discuss what’s next.  She plans to retire March 1.  West Union Town Council tomorrow also receives a report from its external auditor and will discuss the appointment of a planning commission. […]

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Test for radon can save a life

January is National Radon Action Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today that it encourages all South Carolinians to test their homes for radon so they can find it, fix it, and potentially save a life. A free radon test kit can be ordered from DHEC’s website at www.scdhec.gov/radon or by calling 1-800-768-0362. The Environmental […]

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How an administrator comports himself important

Scott Moulder went to work for Oconee County in 2010.  The years since have proved that he was successful closing the revolving door of Oconee County administrators.  Considering that a county administrator some times can’t please his immediate employers, the county county council, or satisfy those he serves, the general public.  Moulder told the Walhalla Rotary Club that he made […]

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