Citizenship and Immigration Test required next year

Whether a student is a citizen or not, the taking of a U-S Citizenship and Immigration Test will be a requirement for freshmen classes at Oconee high schools starting next year.  Ginger Hopkins, assistant superintendent for instruction, says the test becomes a requirement starting with the 2016-17 year.  While students are not required to meet a minimum score, the county […]

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Corn growers lok for fresh start in 2016

South Carolina corn growers escaped the wrath of the epic rainfall of last October, but the damage had already been done.  Before that brutal storm, a severe summer drought and heat wave scorched cornfields throughout most of the state.  Farmers lost tens of millions of dollars, thousands of acres of planted corn were destroyed and much of the corn that […]

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U-S Attorney announces indictments

The U-S Attorney for South Carolina, Bill Nettles, announced yesterday indictments against four people charged with conspiracy to alter money orders.  According to the U-S Attorney’s announcement, the following four people were charged in a one-count indictment with conspiracy:  Hannah A. McAdams, 25, of Townville; DeWayne S. Brooks, 28, of Pendleton; Gary M. Whitfield, 26, of Pendleton; and Roger L. […]

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Preston Moore

Preston Moore, 48, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, a former Westminster resident, died Tuesday at Genesis Healthcare.  The funeral will be a graveside service at 2 pm Thursday at Burketts Baptist Church.  Wainwright-Parlor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Woman’s club wins tree display contest

More than 1,500 people cast votes for their favorite tree decorated this year at Duke’s World of Energy in Oconee County.  And the winner of a one thousand dollar donation from Duke was the Cosmopolitan Woman’s Club.  In turn, the club will extend its support of its preferred non-profit charity:  the Collins Children’s Home and Family Ministries.  Shari Roberts, club […]

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Traffic congestion predicted today

Motorists’ patience is being requested in parts of downtown Walhalla today, as concrete trucks move in and out.  As many as 30 workers are expected to go to work on curbs and islands on Main Street—between Ann and Catherine streets.  As you make your way through the construction zone, you are asked to pay special attention to the work crew.  […]

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Pioneer awaits go ahead to bid its project

A consultant attempted to assure the chairman of the board at the Pioneer Rural Water District that Pioneer will get its long-awaited authority to bid its treatment plant project within the next three months.  Donald Phillips of Design South Professionals responded yesterday to a question from Barry Stevenson, chairman of the Pioneer board.  In a progress report, Phillips noted six […]

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Cecil Harry Hawkins

Cecil Harry Hawkins, 77, of 327 Lawrence Bridge Road, Seneca died Monday at AnMed Health.  He was the husband of Margaret B. Hawkins.  The funeral will be 2 pm Friday at Oconee Memorial Park Mauseoleum Chapel with entombment to follow.  The family receives friends from 1-2 pm Friday, prior to the service at Oconee Memorial Park.  In place of flowers, […]

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