Refugee resolution tabled

An Oconee County Council resolution opposing the settlement of refugees in South Carolina has been tabled.  At the request of Edda Cammick, the resolution needs a re-write.  The District One councilwoman says she’s uncomfortable with the issue and aware of Palestinian families in Oconee County.  “Some of them are citizens,” she said.  “Their problem is with Israel, not with the […]

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Residents displaced by home fire


As the result of yesterday’s fire near Westminster. the American Red Cross now says it is helping four adults by providing services to meet their immediate needs, including financial assistance for food, clothing, and temporary lodging, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, and referrals to partner agencies to assist with their long-term recovery. The fire scene yesterday afternoon was 146 Dawn Drive near […]

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Helping those who earn under $40 thousand

Starting December 1, Oconee school district employees who earn under $40 thousand a year will see something extra in their paychecks.  The district has approved a $300 dollar bonus.  According to Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, some of those workers struggle to make ends meet, and this is an attempt to help them.

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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 […]

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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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