So far, 16 qualify for diplomas

Now that exit exams are no longer the law of the land in South Carolina, as many as 16 former Oconee County students are qualifying for high school diplomas. At last night’s meeting of the county school trustees, Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland announced, “So we’ve ordered 16 diplomas and at an upcoming board meeting we’ll be inviting all of those […]

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The next Oconee school building projects

Oconee School District officials have identified two companies who graded out the best to provide architect and engineer services for the next building projects within the district. The companies–Jumper Carter Sease of Columbia and McMillan Pazden Smith of Greenville/Spartanburg–are being considered for renovation work at two elementary schools—Ravenel and Fair-Oak. The district’s purchasing coordinator, Wayne Putnam,  said it’s not beyond […]

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New school under budget and on schedule

At last night’s meeting of Oconee school trustees, Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland announced construction of the new Walhalla High School is coming under the $55 million budget and is likely to be ready on time for the academic year that will begin in August of 2015. Thorsland declined to put an exact dollar figure savings, but said it’s expected to […]

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Ex-police chief sent to prison

A former Westminster chief of police has been sent for prison to two years and ordered to pay his ex-employer money that he embezzled.  Scott Bannister this afternoon pleaded guilty in the Oconee General Sessions Court to misconduct in office and embezzlement.  As part of a suspended sentence that could have sent him to prison for 11 years, the 46-year […]

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Meth labs at a Mountain Rest house

Multiple charges have been placed against two Westminster area residents after deputies say they found shake and bake meth labs in the yard and inside a Mountain Rest house. An anonymous tip led one of the deputies to an abandoned house near the Cassidy Bridge Road. There, deputies say they arrested Matthew Blake Sosby, 40-year old resident of the Long […]

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First day on the job for Steve Harris!

South Carolina has assigned a new agent-in-charge of its Oconee County office for Probation, Parole and Pardons. Steve Harris of Anderson went on the job today. Harris’s predecessor, Greg Stewart, gave his replacement a tour of the Oconee Courthouse. And Harris got a look the county’s largest courtroom, on the fourth floor of the courthouse.

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Jury picked for trial Wednesday

A jury was selected today to hear the state’s case against a young man, arrested in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office investigation of a stabbing last summer near Seneca. Oconee General Sessions Judge Alex Macaulay told the jury to report for duty at 10:30 Wednesday morning and be ready for the start of Laquavius Cleveland’s trial. Sixteen years old at the […]

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Victim’s name released

The woman killed in last night’s accident near Townville has been identified as Jessica Hope Bramlett. Coroner Karl Addis said Bramlett, a 29-year old Seneca resident, died of a head injury and other blunt force traumatic injuries suffered when hit while walking on South Carolina 24. Authorities say the car that struck Bramlett was driven by a 16-year old Townville […]

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A rainy, cool weekend!

As provided by Walhalla’s Official U-S Weather Observer, yesterday afternoon’s high temperature registered 82 degrees. The overnight low dipped to 62 and nearly one-half inch was added to the weekend’s rain totals. In the annals of Barbara Wilson, Saturday was an unforgettable day. The third Saturday in July measured nearly two inches of rain and a high temperature of just […]

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Oconee debt rating upgraded

Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder calls attention to a decision by the rating service Standard and Poor’s to increase the county’s general obligation debt rating to “AA.” It indicates a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.” Previously, the county was assigned “AA-“—which indicated a “high probability of meeting financial commitments.”

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