888 key number for Oconee schools

Oconee public schools are anticipating a workforce of teachers, staff, and administrators at 888 for the 2015-16 year that begins in August. Earnestine Williams, personnel director, says at its meeting last night the county board of trustees approved contracts to be issued by the district by the middle of next month, to be signed and returned by April 25. And […]

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The new Walhalla High from above

  Oconee school officials have been given pictures of what the new Walhalla High looks like from above, and they like what they see. The high-definition pictures are courtesy of someone’s robotic drone. Down on the ground work has progressed enough to allow the district to begin to move certain items to the new campus. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for […]

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Oconee job picture a mixed bag in January

In the first month of 2015 more people were working in Oconee County, but more people were receiving state benefits for unemployment. On the surface, the Oconee County figures in the state’s job report amount to a non-sequitur. In January 32,426 members of the Oconee job force were gainfully employed. The 2,240 Oconeeans considered unemployed translated to 6.5% of the […]

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Fire burns Utica home

Fire burned a home late yesterday afternoon in the Utica Community near Seneca. Neighbors used the telephone at 4:45 to alert authorities to the fire on Brown Street. Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, says fire fighters were able to put a stop to the fire within five minutes of their arrival. At one point, it was thought someone may have […]

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State patrol makes arrest

State troopers have made an arrest of a young Walhalla man on charges of felony driving under the influence great bodily injury and felony driving under the influence resulting in death.  Law enforcement records show the charges were placed against Jordan Scott Tilson, 17, of Agar Lane, Walhalla.  The patrol initially identified a 17-year old Walhallan as the driver of […]

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New school still on budget

The project to build the new Walhalla High is still on budget. In fact, the school district’s top official, says it’s likely the new high school at Picket Post will cost less than the approved $54 million dollar budget. For the record today Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, clarified an estimate reported by a regional business publication. That estimate amounted […]

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Refinancing hospital debt

At a meeting tomorrow morning, the board of trustees of GHS—the Greenville Health System—will consider a resolution to refinance the debt owed by Oconee Memorial Hospital. When GHS took over OMH last October, it assumed about $70 million in bond indebtedness and what are called “related interest rate swaps.” A spokeswoman says GHS has determined it is “financially favorable” for […]

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Bataan Death March survivor still walking!

Clemson legend and Bataan Death March survivor Ben Skardon, now at the age of 97 years old, will walk eight and a half miles this Sunday in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Skardon has taken part in the event seven previous times. But it’s nothing like what he and his […]

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