Prospect for Oconee park

Besides locations for public education, Oconee’s Information and TechnologyPark has room for manufacturing.  And Richard Blackwell, the county’s economic recruiter, confirmed today there is a prospect.  “Yes sir, it’s not a done deal….but we are looking very strong for a new industry to come into that industrial park.”  And that’s besides the Tech campus, the career center, and the economic […]

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Jobless percentage up, but so is employment

The latest unemployment rate for OconeeCounty comes in at 6.4%, slightly below the statewide figure of 6.6%.  June figures were released today by the state Department of Employment and Workforce.  Oconee’s rate for May was 6.3%.  The June percentages translated to these numbers:  2,310 Oconeeans on unemployment and 33,575 on the job.  

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Christian school attains accreditation!

Two accrediting commissions have given the OconeeChristianAcademy on South Carolina 188 full accreditation for the next five years.  Awarding the accreditation were the Association of Christian Schools International and AdvanceED.  The review conducted focused on direction and purpose, capacity of leadership, impact of teaching and learning, use of resources, and student assessment.  There were 26 classroom observations.  The school’s final […]

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Streetscape “traffic drection” today

Look for traffic to be directed today during Streetscape work, as crews cross Main Street to install the water line on the other side of block.  They will also do valve work for the fire hydrant that will set in the center of the future Main Street island.  On the block from Tugaloo to College, according to the contractor, the […]

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UPDATE: Seneca’s “Argo” has been found

The drug dog assigned to the Seneca Police Department went missing during the night, having run  from its handler behind the Blue RidgeElementary School.  Just before the noon hour Tuesday, we learned “Argo” has been found. The dog is said to be OK and is heading to the VET for an exam. “Argo” was found, fatigued, outside Seneca Baptist Church. […]

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Students honored for their academics and work

In four high school students, the OconeeSchool District and the community in general hold hope for a new program that should bode well for transition to the work world.  At last night’s board of trustees meeting, congratulations were extended to Calvin Roach, Cole Lowery, William Lee, and Justin Turner as the first four student apprentices.  They’ll do their work at […]

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The schools add administrator, but not an employee

Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent of Oconee public schools, announced last night a handful of organization changes—including the creation of a new administrative position.  But Thorsland was careful to say, in his report to the board of trustees, that while the job of Director of Early Learning is new, the district is not adding an employee.  A current district work is […]

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Revenues add up, projected deficit shrinks

The budget deficit with which Oconee public schools close out the past year is likely to be hundreds of thousands of dollars below the projected deficit.  Gloria Moore, chief finance officer for the public schools, told a meeting of the county board of trustees last night that while not all figures are final, it appears the district will officially close […]

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Ronald Wirtz

Ronald Lee Wirtz, 59, of 609 S. Hampton Street, Westminster died Saturday at his home. He was the husband of Frances Phillips Wirtz. The funeral will be 4 p-m Tuesday from the Chapel of the Sandifer Funeral Home. A private burial will be held later. Family members are at their homes. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com. Sandifer […]

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