Taking time to recruit the best teacher available

Oconee’s public school year is not yet half over, but it’s not too early to begin to size up the roster of faculty available for the next year.  Earnestine Williams, personnel director, announced today letters have already been sent to this year’s teachers for the purpose of whether they wish to be considered for re-employment for the 2016-17 year.  In […]

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26-year old accused of taking school bus

The police are classifying the recent theft of an Oconee school activity bus as an opportunity of chance for the man who has been arrested and charged. Zachery Aaron Smith, 26-year old resident of the Williams Farm Road, Westminster was arrested Thursday and charged with grand larceny with a value of more than $10 thousand dollars. Walhalla Capt. Paul Harris […]

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Sanitation workers to be idle on Thanksgiving

All Oconee solid waste facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays.  All recycling centers will be open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving—Wednesday, November 25.  The city of Walhalla announces that garbage pickups scheduled for Thursday and Friday next week will instead run on Wednesday, November 25.

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Shan Thrift Pate

Shan Thrift Pate died Friday.  The life of the Westminster native will be celebrated at 3 pm Wednesday at John’s Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta  30005 with visitation to follow. A graveside service will be 11 a-m Thursday at Oconee Memorial Park, 1923 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Seneca, SC  29672. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com […]

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Glenn H. Towe

Glenn H. Towe, Command Sergeant Major, U-S Army Ret., 89, died Sunday at the Alvin C. York Veterans Administration Hospice Unit in Murfreesboro, TN.  He was the widower of Marian McGuffin Towe.  The funeral will be 2 pm Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with full military rites.  Entombment follows in the Oconee Memorial Park Mausoleum.  The family receives friends […]

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Late night police chase Oconee-Anderson

Stanley Milland Ledford

A late night police chase that started on the West Pine Grove Road in southern Oconee County stretched into Anderson.  The deputy who apprehended the suspect used TAZER before Stanley Milland Ledford  of Townville was handcuffed and taken into custody.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the 56-year old Ledford was charged with failure to stop for a blue light […]

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Superintendent reflects on Tamassee-Salem decision


Some words of reflection today from the Oconee superintendent of education on the controversial action to close Tamassee-Salem’s middle and high school.  Dr. Michael Thorsland remains convinced that the administration’s recommendation and the school board’s vote were correct, but he does concede that Tamassee-Salem parents have the right to be upset.  Especially those, he said, who are the parents of […]

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History to be made Thursday in Seneca

The public this week gets a sneak preview of a new history museum in Seneca.  Ribbon-cutting at the Bertha lee Strickland Cultural Museum takes place 11:30 Thursday morning at 208 W-S 2nd Street.  A network of two houses, the museum will celebrate the Golden Corner’s rich African-American history and culture.  Until her death in 1971, Bertha Lee Strickland lived in […]

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Streetscape on the job before the rain hits

With heavy rain in the forecast tomorrow, Streetscape workers are back on the job today to pour sidewalk on the north side of Main Street.   Fort Hill is to finish the gas line work in front of Arby’s.  Striping will start between Tugaloo and Catherine.  Contractor Hutch ‘N Son requests that everyone pay attention to both entrances to the 4 […]

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