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Prater succeeds in basic and advanced training

April 30, 2014

Army Pvt. Amanda Prater has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Her training included basic and advanced, along with instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, map reading, tactics, and military courtesy, among other subjects. Prater is the daughter of Rhonda Giese of Seneca and Marvin Prater of Westminster. She’s…

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User fees to remain unchanged

April 30, 2014

For a third year, the charge that Oconee’s three largest municipalities pay for sewer treatment will remain steady. City officials in Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster are being told today that the total treatment charge for 2014-15 will amount to $2.8 million. Though that figure doesn’t change, what does change is the percentage each of the…

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Patience required for new park signs

April 30, 2014

Oconee’s leading recruiter for economic development says his office is at work to secure the proper signs and determine the best spots to put them at two of county’s developing industrial parks. Both Golden Corner Commerce Park near Fair Play and the Oconee Industry and Technology Center on highway 11 are key pieces in the…

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Walhalla to flush hydrants

April 30, 2014

Water hydrants will be flushed across the Walhalla water system throughout the month of May. The project begins tomorrow and will last until May 30. For a short time, the flushing will cause  discoloration. The city promises the water will be safe to drink, but it’s good advice to check the water before running laundry.…

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Worry over potential cuts in charity care

April 30, 2014

Each year Oconee Medical Center writes-off million dollars worth of charity care that is either uncollectible or non-reimbursable. Wayne McCall, the Oconee County councilman, is worried whether a local commitment to charity care will be lessened if and when the Greenville Health System takeover of OMC becomes final.  McCall should not worry, according to Hunter…

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Moulder not reluctant to wield the ax

April 30, 2014

“It was like Christmas time around here.” That remark by Scott Moulder was used by the Oconee County administrator to describe a wide-eyed anticipation with which county department heads approached their individual budget requests for a new year. Moulder told the County Council that he counted total requests above $50 million. Some of those requests…

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State aid for public schools likened to “shell game”

April 30, 2014

After a presentation last night, Oconee County councilmen have in hand the official request for funding the local public schools for a new year beginning July 1. In all, the county public schools are banking on $92 million—an increase of $2.8 million. As for state aid for the local schools, interim superintendent Michael Thorsland said…

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Bon Voyage time for Dr. Lucas

April 30, 2014

The official presentation of a new education budget gave Dr. Mike Lucas, the retiring Oconee superintendent of education, a chance last night to thank the Oconee County Council. Lucas looks back on his time as county superintendent with fondness and satisfaction and gave a hint as to what he looks forward after a career in…

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School District personnel moves

April 30, 2014

Personnel changes within Oconee public schools. After an executive session, Chairman Andy Inabinet of the board of trustees said the board approved a letter of agreement that provides Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations, will serve as interim superintendent “at the will of the board until the board decides to make a permanent position…

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UPDATE: Seneca vote probe

April 29, 2014

The state police have no timetable as to when they will finish their investigation of a complaint that four people illegally cast ballots in last month’s Seneca election. But once the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division finishes, a report will be sent to the 10th Circuit office of Solicitor Chrissy Adams. SLED spokesman Thom Berry…

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  • October 31, 2014Faith Baptist Church's Fall Festival
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