Duncan bill passes the House

A bill which Congressman Jeff Duncan has aimed at the Department of Homeland Security has made its way through the House of Representatives. It’s the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act Duncan, South Carolina’s 3rd District representative, says it’s an important step toward restoring accountability to the federal department—created after 9-11.

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School District ready for end of exit exam

The elimination of the state-required exit exam before a high school senior may graduate will make for new opportunities for affected students to qualify for a diploma. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for the Oconee School District, told trustees last night the district is preparing to process what potentially could be in excess of applications from 100 former students denied graduation […]

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Trustees clear up student welfare policy

Oconee school trustees have taken a first step to tighten the district’s policy on student welfare—as it pertains to how and when child abuse and neglect should be reported to authorities. The trustees last night gave first reading approval to revising the policy by requiring principals and other district employees to make reports to law enforcement agencies or to the […]

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Schools choose honchos from within

Oconee school trustees have signed a deal officially naming Dr. Michael Thorsland as county superintendent of education. They gave their unanimous support to a motion following an executive session last night to award Thorsland a three-year contract at a salary of $135 thousand annually—along with some other benefits such as an annuity and the use of a district car. Thorsland […]

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Qualifying workers for industry work!

For a special presentation this week, Tri-County Technical College representatives are coming to Oconee County to share information about new programs to qualify workers for local industry.  The program are aimed at high school students and adults seeking new careers.  And the public has a cordial invitation to learn all about it.  The presentation will take place at 8 o’clock […]

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Ervin says he has qualified for ballot

Many South Carolina politicians are heavily focused on this month’s primary election.  Not Tom Ervin.  The Greenville lawyer and Anderson radio station owner points to this fall’s General Election.  The Independent Republican candidate’s campaign for Governor announced today that has assured himself a spot on the November ballot by submitting 20, 137 petition signatures of registered voters.  Those petition signatures […]

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Lines to form for produce coupons

For as long as the coupons last, Oconee senior citizens can qualify starting tomorrow for $25 dollars worth of Farmers Market produce coupons. Lines are likely to form early tomorrow morning outside the United Way Office in downtown Seneca. LaShauna Harrison, United Way chief operating officer, says she and her staff can count on an adequate number of volunteers to […]

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Road pavers return to South Carolina 24

The road contractor, Ashmore Brothers, has returned its crews this week to Oconee County’s South Carolina 24 for paving work between highways 11 and 59. Work is scheduled today through Saturday. And motorists should be careful driving through the work zone. Be aware that there are men and equipment at work inside a lane closure, manned by flagmen. Avoid the […]

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Tomorrow is Primary Election Day!

Across Oconee County and across South Carolina tomorrow, it’ll be Primary Election Day 2014. Oconee voters are urged to turn out at the polls and participate in the process—by voting in either the Democratic or Republican primaries. The only contested local office on tomorrow’s ballot is the one between incumbent Paul Corbeil and his challenger, Edda Cammick for Seat 1, […]

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