Pipe NOT on the head of “Piper”

 The stray Oconee County dog that is the object of a large search is reported still loose, but is said to be all right. And the Sheriff’s Office has sent out pictures taken by an animal control officer that show, contrary to earlier ones, the dog does not have a pipe on its head. Animal Control is confident that it […]

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New principal tonight!

At their meeting tonight, look for Oconee school trustees to select a new principal for Seneca’s Blue Ridge Elementary School. That is the expectation of Dr. Michael Thorsland, interim county superintendent, as late as this afternoon. The district received about 20 applications for the principal’s job at Walhalla High School. However, Thorsland says no one has yet to be interviewed.

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Road work underway in Tokeena Crossroads

A road contractor, Ashmore Brothers, has announced the start of work on highway 24 in Oconee County. The project on 24, between highway 11 and 59, will continue until Friday, May 23. Drivers should pay attention to construction signs and use caution when driving through the work zone. You are asked to pay attention to the men and the equipment […]

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Judge tosses former Pickens teacher’s suit

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a former Pickens County teacher that accused public school districts in two counties and some of their top officials. Tenth Circuit Judge Cordell Maddox’s order dismissing Mariam Noorai’s three-year old lawsuit covers 35 pages and was filed in the Oconee Common Pleas Court last week “with prejudice”—meaning that Noorai may not renew […]

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A rally for Oconee County conservation

Organizers say an annual event that raises awareness for the conservation of Oconee County natural resources is shaping up well. The event takes place Saturday and, once again, will be centered at Calyx Farms on Scenic Highway 11 north of Walhalla. “We’re getting excited,” said Emily Hitchcock, volunteer for Oconee Forever. “We’ve had more pre-event registration than ever….” There will […]

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Library trustees meet tonight!

The business of Oconee’s public libraries will be transacted during a board of trustees meeting at 5:30 this evening at the Seneca Branch Library. The meeting is open to the public, and a brief period at the start of the meeting is set aside for anyone wishing to make comment. The Seneca branch is located at 300 E. S. 2nd […]

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Hope to lessen the divisiveness

At Salem last week, Oconee County Councilman Paul Corbeil said he’s hopeful that the state’s counties and the state’s lawmakers can find peace when it comes to replenishing the aid to local government money. Bill Whitmire is hopeful, also. He’s the state representative for District One in Oconee County. And we spoke to him on Friday.

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Promising development for free clinics

Notwithstanding the seniority he has accrued, Thomas Alexander alone cannot by himself assure that South Carolina’s free medical clinics will continue to receive state funding. But he is influential, as a free medical clinic official recently told 96.3/WGOG NEWS. And Alexander now says prospects appear favorable that as much as $2 million included in the new budget approved last week […]

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38-year old man charged with attempted murder

A late night house fire in Utica near Seneca has led to the arrest of a 38-year old man on the charge of attempted murder. According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Jacob Daniel Drotning is charged with attempted murder. An arrest affidavit alleges Drotning poured gasoline onto Catherine Cook at 8044 Utica Street and set her on fire. Deputies, along […]

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Riley running!

Ernest Riley, a former Seneca councilman and retired educator, is announcing he will stand tomorrow as a write-in candidate to decide a special election for the Seneca seat on Oconee County Council. With no ballot candidate remaining, the task facing voters in Seneca, Utica, and Newry-Corinth tomorrow is to fill the open District Three seat by writing in a name. […]

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