School District separates from behavioral camp

Effective September 22, the Oconee School District ended its relationship with a behavioral camp in Tamassee.  Camp Ghigau is operated by the Clemson Youth Learning Institute, but the school district by contract provided a teacher and two assistants for the program.  But the school district’s Steve Hanvey says, “When it was brought to our attention that other districts were not […]

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West Union goes off the clock!

No longer must West Union town employees track their hours by the use of a time clock.  The town council last night voted to do away with time clocks and instead require town workers to keep track of their hours by paperwork.  Mayor Linda Oliver says the feeling among the majority of council members is that the new arrangement will […]

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Greenville man identified as suspect in Oconee school crime

Quorius Nicholson

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect in an incident last week of disturbing school.  An arrest warrant alleges Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson of Greenville “did willfully and unnecessarily disturb the students and teacher of Ravenel Elementary School by attempting to evade and elude the South Carolina Highway Patrol in the vicinity of the School, causing a lockdown and interruption […]

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A distinction for which Westminster is proud


Plaudits were given during last night’s meeting of Westminster City Council for a distinction made possible by the work of Fire Chief Chris Smith and his staff.  Westminster has attained a 2-rating from the ISO—the Insurance Services Office.  The capability of fire fighting, as rated by the ISO, is rated 1 to 10—with the lowest number the better.  Smith told […]

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Price tag for raising sheriff’s deputy pay

There’s now a price tag for raising the starting pay for Oconee County deputies.  At a committee meeting, County Administrator Scott Moulder announced almost $1 million will be needed to boost the starting pay for deputies by $4 thousand a year.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has complained to County Council that his office is losing officers to nearby municipal police departments […]

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Incremental progress toward new water plant

Pioneer Rural Water District has no date for which to request contractor bids for its treatment plant.  But board members and their outside consultants feel progress is being made.  According to Design South, authority to bid is still awaited from Pioneer’s lending agency—the Rural Development Division of the U-S Department of Agriculture.  Design South’s Donald Phillips gave a progress report […]

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At Clemson, Biden issues a challenge

Vice President Joe Biden may not be running for a higher office, but he has accepted the call to do something about the problem of violence against women—especially on the nation’s college campuses.  Biden visited Clemson University to promote the campaign “It’s On Us.”  Among those who pledge to do what they can to prevent sexual assault are Clemson’s president, […]

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Transition started in Westminster

In last week’s election, all incumbent candidates in Westminster lost re-election.  It means a new mayor and three new council members for the Oconee municipality.  A transition has already begun.  Mayor-elect Brian Ramey met for about four hours yesterday with Mayor Rick McCormick, City Administrator Jeff Lord, and Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Bill Brockington.  Before the start of last night’s […]

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