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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Mack Marett

Pisgah Forest, NC – Mack Owen Marett, 69, of Pisgah Forest, NC, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016, at his home. Surviving are his wife, Tammie Moss Marett, of the home and his sister, Doris Housley, of Seneca. The family is at their respective homes. Obituary courtesy of Sandifer Funeral Home, Westminster, SC    

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Valued collection transferred to Seneca

The bulk of a museum collection has been transferred from a mansion east of Columbia to the city of Seneca, and Seneca officials are excited.  The city and its museums are announcing the acquisition of more than 3,000 pieces that include furniture and textiles that had been kept for 19 years in the Kensington Mansion in Eastover until its owner […]

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Smooth school opening

An Oconee school administrator reports a smooth school opening this morning across the district, including schools that are getting additional students this year, such as the Fair-Oak Elementary.  The Walhalla police say they were pleasantly surprised by how well traffic moved to the city’s schools.

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Oconee felines to find new home in Virginia

The new Oconee Humane Society transfer van is leaving Thursday morning for its first out-of-state trip.  More than one dozen puppies and several adult dogs will be making the trek to a rescue group in northern Virginia. The dogs are to go into caring foster homes and some have adoptive families awaiting their arrival. According to Angel Newman of the county […]

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Which fish are safe to eat?

New information is available on how much of which fish is safe to eat from South Carolina waters. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control today released the annual state fish consumption advisory, which includes several new species and locations. Spotted bass in Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell, and largemouth bass in Lake Keowee have been added to this year’s […]

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Trehel gets double duty at SC 11 park

  The Clemson-based contractor Trehel Corporation will do double duty at the Oconee Information and Technology Park on highway 11.  101.7/WGOG NEWS received confirmation from Steve Hanvey of the school district that Trehel will serve as the general contractor for both the district career center and the adjacent Oconee County campus of Tri-County Technical College.  A spokeswoman for Tech, Rebecca […]

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