Principal vows school will finish strong

Principal Steve Moore presented his school highlights to the Oconee School Board of Trustees last night—likely the last time the Tamassee-Salem principal will speak to the board in that capacity.  Moore vowed, however, that his school, scheduled for a June closing, will finish strong and, he told, the trustees the school’s finish will make them proud.  The principal’s report last […]

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Elizabeth Louise Waldrep Ramey

Elizabeth Louise Waldrep Ramey, 86, wife of the late David Olen Ramey, of 210 David Drive, Walhalla, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016, at Seneca Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from […]

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Four accidents within six minutes

Once the Oconee County driving public took to the roads this morning, there followed a number of accidents.  Four of them within six minutes once the clock struck 7 this morning. Among the accidents logged by the state patrol are the following locations:  123 and the Armstrong Road, SC 28/the Highlands Highway and Laurel Hill Drive; 123 and Mauldin Mill […]

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Trustee anxious for judge’s ruling

The Oconee school trustee who made the motion to close the county’s smallest high school awaits a judge’s ruling on a challenge to that action.  In an interview after last night’s open session of the school board, District Two’s Rosemary Bailes said it’s her hope and prayer that once Circuit Judge Cordell Maddox rules on Lynn Martin’s challenge to the […]

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Two fires in rural Oconee

Oconee escaped the worst of Winter Storm Olympia, but the early morning hours have been a busy time for fire fighters in two parts of the county.  A midnight hour fire on the Owens Road near Seneca brought out fire departments.  The latest structure fire was reported on the Chattooga Lake Road, Mountain Rest.

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Trustees table changes to visitor policy

At the suggestion of a member of the audience, the Oconee School Board tabled amendments to the district wide policy covering visits to the public schools.  Going into last night’s meeting, here’s what would be inserted into the existing policy “Persons wishing to visit a school during the school day, should request the principal’s authorization in advance, except in cases […]

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Swanee Smith

Swanee Harbin Smith, 85, of 102 Dawn Drive, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the Cottingham Hospice House. pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The funeral will be 3 pm Wednesday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior to the service at the funeral home.  […]

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Roads pre-treated, Oconee awaits nature’s move

There’s a reason that Oconee County’s state-maintained roads and highways have a brighter than normal glint to them.  The DOT took the pro-active action of dousing them with a de-icer in the event that the latest winter storm deposits ice on them.  Mike Smith, resident maintenance engineer, is concerned.  Here’s his advice to motorists:  “Ask the folks to be careful […]

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JUST IN–early dismissals!

Due to ice/freezing rain, SDOC will dismiss schools this morning, 2/15, at 11:30 for elementary and 11:45 for middle/high schools. Parents should call their schools if they have questions.  This announcement from Oconee public school was received by 101.7/WGOG NEWS by telephone and by email.

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