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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History to be made Thursday in Seneca

The public this week gets a sneak preview of a new history museum in Seneca.  Ribbon-cutting at the Bertha lee Strickland Cultural Museum takes place 11:30 Thursday morning at 208 W-S 2nd Street.  A network of two houses, the museum will celebrate the Golden Corner’s rich African-American history and culture.  Until her death in 1971, Bertha Lee Strickland lived in […]

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Streetscape on the job before the rain hits

With heavy rain in the forecast tomorrow, Streetscape workers are back on the job today to pour sidewalk on the north side of Main Street.   Fort Hill is to finish the gas line work in front of Arby’s.  Striping will start between Tugaloo and Catherine.  Contractor Hutch ‘N Son requests that everyone pay attention to both entrances to the 4 […]

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A Miss and a Mister West-Oak

West-Oak High School has a new slate of pageant winners.  Morghen Davis emerged from Saturday night’s pageant with the title of Miss West-Oak.  Her court includes Carly Waldroup, Miss Senior; Kennedy Burton, Miss Junior; Zoe Corbett, Miss Sophomore; and Gracie Holbrooks, Miss Freshman.  During intermission, Price Ratliff was crowned Mr. West-Oak.   

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Additional arrests in drug sweep

Six additional drug suspects have been apprehended in what Oconee Sheriff’s Office calls “Operation Ice Chizel.”  Yesterday’s announcement states that the six bring to 14 the number of those who have been rounded up so far.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said, “This drug round-up is focused on our continued efforts to further disrupt the distribution and trafficking of methamphetamine in Oconee […]

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Refugees not welcome here

The violence in the Middle East is thousands of miles from Oconee County’s front door.  But those who are being displaced from their countries are not likely to encounter a welcome mat in Oconee.  At its meeting tonight, there is to be first and final reading of a resolution to declare that the county will not take part in the […]

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Diploma made possible by Act 155

A South Carolina law makes certain students who left school without graduating eligible for that all-important diploma.  Oconee public schools want to locate those who qualify for diplomas under state act 155.  “We have tried to get the word out about this so that eligible students can apply before the December 31 deadline,” said Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations.  […]

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Store burglary in southern Oconee

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Cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money were taken during a store burglary in southern Oconee County.  The crime occurred early yesterday at highway 11 and Rock Hill Road.  Around 5 a-m an employee there discovered no power and a hole in the wall.  If you can help the Oconee Sheriff’s Office solve this burglary, you are eligible for a […]

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Ruth Holland Jones

Ruth Holland Jones, 80, of 9449 N. Hwy. 11, Tamassee died Thursday at her home.  She was the wife of Bill Jones.  The funeral will be 2 pm Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens.  The family receives friends from 12:30-1:30 pm, prior to the service, at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers accepted.  Memorials may […]

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