A new Miss Oktoberfest to be crowned

The one-year reign of Savannah Shope as Miss Oktoberfest draws to an end this weekend when she  crowns her successor.  Twenty-two young ladies are competing in the 2015 contest which takes place 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Walhalla Middle School.  All contestants are enrolled in Oconee high schools.  They will be judged by interviews and in casual and formal […]

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District looks to “exit” Oakway

Without a school in session, Oakway is another place in Oconee County where the school bells once rang.  And, now the policymakers for the county district, are facing what to do with the land and the buildings left behind.  They were given options last night.  Assistant Superintendent Steve Hanvey and Director of Facilities Richard Alexander recommend the district sell everything, […]

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Keeping an eye on school’s numbers

Chairman Andy Inabinet of the Oconee School Board of Trustees made the comment last night that the numbers pertaining to the Tamassee-Salem Middle and High School bear watching.  Inabinet spoke after District Five trustee Buddy Herring said, so far, this year there has been a 15% drop in enrollment from last year.  At their September meeting last night, the trustees […]

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Potential hepatitis ‘A’ exposure

For a third day, DHEC opened the doors of its Greenville and Spartanburg county health departments to provide post-exposure treatment to people who may have been exposed to hepatitis ‘A’ at two Hardee’s restaurants in Spartanburg County.  The restaurants are located at 11209 Greenville Highway in Lyman and 1397 E. Main Street in Duncan.  Those two county health departments will […]

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Walhalla to flush hydrants

Walhalla will flush the hydrants within its system between Monday, September 28 and Friday, October 30.  The activity may cause some discoloration of water for a short time, but the city promises the water will be safe to drink.  However, if you are doing laundry, check the water ahead of time. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Bartee parole chance this week

James Bartee gets a second chance at parole this week in Columbia.  Pete O’Boyle, spokesman for the State Probation, Parole and Pardon Board, has confirmed Bartee’s hearing Wednesday will be held in front of the entire board—whereas his failed attempt earlier this summer was handled by a three-member panel of the board. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Man stabbed in the chest

Matthew Jacob Eder

A stabbing yesterday in Newry has landed a 21-year old man in jail, charged with attempted murder.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office announced the charge and arrest of Matthew Jacob Eder of the Newry Road.  It is there on the Newry Road yesterday that, according to the arrest affidavit in a warrant, Eder is accused of attempting to kill David Seth […]

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Learn about your county’s comprehensive plan

Would it surprise you to know that Oconee County is trying to plan its future with an up-to-date comprehensive plan?  You can learn about the plan and its ingredients at one or both public meetings this week.  They are being hosted at the depots in Walhalla and Westminster at 6 o’clock tonight and again Thursday.  Tonight’s meeting takes place at […]

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Hailing those falling unemployment numbers

If you want work in Oconee but haven’t been fortunate enough to find it, you are slotted in a declining number of county residents these days.  The county’s economic development director is encouraged that fewer Oconeeans are left to draw benefit while the county’s workforce is growing.  The Economic Alliance’s Richard Blackwell focused on that 5.8% county jobless rate for […]

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Per pupil spending in Oconee schools

A report shows the spending per pupil in the Tamassee-Salem Middle and High School exceeded $10 thousand dollars during 2014.  And the projection for spending there this year is projected to surpass $11.5 thousand.  This information will be in front of Oconee school trustees as they sit for their September meeting tonight.  The figure of $10,139 per pupil at Tamassee-Salem […]

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