The color teal draws attention to Alzheimer’s

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. The disease is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States, and the only one of the top 10 without a cure or meaningful treatment. On November 3, in honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, landmarks across the country and around the world will light up teal. Among […]

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Bond issue in front of Oconee County Council

Oconee County Council is scheduled to take the second of three required readings tonight to a general obligation bond worth up to $16 million dollars.  The backup information to tonight’s agenda shows the purposes for which the county would apply the proceeds.  They are to defray costs of the following projects: a new Westminster magistrate building; the Oconee Workforce Development […]

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Clemson faculty preps for start of new year

Tomorrow will see the start of Clemson University classes for a new year.  And this morning the faculty, staff and student organization representatives marched into the Brooks Center for the Victor Hurst Convocation.  A woman who as a child stared into the sky above her southside Chicago neighborhood and dreamed of outer space keynoted the start of Clemson’s academic year. […]

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Free Wi-Fi in Fair Play

  Free Wi-Fi is now available on the grounds of the old school  building in Fair Play.  The Oconee County Public Library is partnering with the Fair Oaks Youth Association, which is housing the equipment in the cafeteria building on the campus.  Fair Play joins Mountain Rest and Long Creek as sites where library Wi-Fi is available to connect electronic […]

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Trading police vehicles

At a special meeting this evening, West Union Town Council will consider trading in the police department’s pickup truck and replacing it with a fuel efficient car.  Mayor Linda Oliver says the truck was getting only nine miles a gallon.  Town Council meets at 5:30 at the Town Hall. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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All types of blood donations needed NOW

Thru new billboards, the Blood Connection (TBC) hopes to generate awareness about the need for all blood types leading up to a “Missing Types” Blood Drive that starts Thursday.  The Blood Connection hopes to encourage younger populations to roll up their sleeves.  Those in the business of ensuring that hospitals maintain an adequate supply of blood are worried that, as […]

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Arizona sheriff to speak at Duncan event

A man who is known as ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ is going to be one of the featured speakers for this year’s barbecue event that attracts conservatives from across South Carolina.  The speakers lineup announced by Congressman Jeff Duncan for his annual Faith and Freedom BBQ includes Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.   The event will be held Monday, August 22nd at 6:00pm […]

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New Seneca school and work on others

A new middle school in Seneca has been added to the capital improvement schedule for the Oconee School District.  At their retreat meeting this summer, the trustees learned that buying land onto which the new middle school would be built is a possibility within two years.  In line with district goals, plans are being pursued for construction work at both […]

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Goals outline quest to be top school district

Out of this summer’s retreat meeting of the Oconee school board of trustees are goals designed to elevate the county district to top ten status throughout South Carolina.  The goals are described as benchmarks to be attained by the end of 2016-17.  Here are the objectives the district aspires for:  Exceed the national mean on each AP exam offered to […]

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School opening “very few problems”

A new year of academic enrichment opened yesterday across the Oconee School District, and Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland called it an opening with “very few problems”–apart from lines of drop-off vehicles outside the schools and some uncertainty over bus routes. An opening day of attendance was recorded, 10,081 students including more than one thousand at the second-year Walhalla High School. […]

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