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5% of bank’s debit cards compromised

August 2, 2013

Oconee-based Community First Bank says 5% of its debit cards were compromised during routine merchant transactions in June and July. Federal, state and local enforcement authorities are investigating. And, according to a statement from the bank, the investigation is delving into possible criminal activity related to other unauthorized transactions involving debit card activity in the…

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Deputy Sheriff Randy Jones retires

August 2, 2013

A 15-year veteran of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Randy Jones, retired this week. Jones’s departure was marked by a ceremony Wednesday attended by family members, along with current and former members of the sheriff’s office. He received several gifts, including a plaque from Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. Jones started as a road patrol officer in…

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National pastime makes for Seneca crowds

August 2, 2013

One big reason for the big crowds expected in Seneca this weekend is a Dixie Youth baseball tournament that’s bringing in players, coaches, and fans from the outside. Once opening ceremonies take place at 7:30 tonight, there’ll be a lot of baseball played through out the weekend. Riley Johnson, the city events coordinator, gives credit…

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Tax-free weekend underway!

August 2, 2013

If you’re wondering what’s so special about this weekend, the first weeked in August, well, in South Carolina this is tax-free weekend. It means that the purchases of those back-to-school supplies, clothes, household items and computer is made somewhat less painful by the state’s waiving of the sales tax—between now and midnight Sunday.

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Picnic lunch to be spread at 1 tomorrow

August 2, 2013

An organization that works to save mountain heritage calls attention to the picnic tomorrow to celebrate the effort that saved Stumphouse Mountain in Oconee County from development. According to Naturaland Trust, a developer wanted to carve up Stumphouse. But today 500 acres there are protected by a conservation easement, 500 acres by a DNR heritage…

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Pickens County charter school gets perfect score

August 2, 2013

The South Carolina Department of Education released letter grades for the state’s public schools yesterday based on student achievement and improvement during 2012-13. Pickens County’s only charter school, the Youth Leadership Academy, is one of 33 schools achieving a perfect score of 100. The letter grades were a key component of the state’s approved flexibility…

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Mayor to determine pool’s status

August 2, 2013

The Walhalla mayor plans to pick up the telephone to find out the status of the municipal swimming pool. Mayor Danny Edwards told 96.3/WGOG NEWS last night he was unsure of what the latest might be. After a major public-private effort to make repairs, the pool is full of water and sports a fresh paint…

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Sewer South slowdown?

August 1, 2013

A letter this week questioning whether the project to sewer southern parts of Oconee County is in a delay has prompted a response from the county administrator. On behalf of Voice of Southern Oconee, Glen McPheeters acknowledged that Scott Moulder, county administrator, had given a timeline in March at a meeting attended by more than…

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With one exception, schools met or exceeded

August 1, 2013

All Oconee schools, with one exception, met or exceeded expectations for a new rating system developed by the state Department of Education. Results of ESEA, the South Carolina Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver approved by the U-S Department of Education were released today. Seneca’s Blue Ridge Elementary, a school with a high percentage of…

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Burglars strike church near Salem

August 1, 2013

Burglars struck a rural church near Salem sometime since Sunday night. They left without taking anything. Still what happened at the Little River Baptist Church is a concern for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, for Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Watt says this is not the first time that something like this has happened at Little River Baptist.…

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