Special school board meeting

Dr. Michael Thorsland has been named interim superintendent of education for the Oconee public school district, in the aftermath of the retirement announcement of Dr. Michael Lucas. The Lucas retirement is timed for this Friday. In the meantime, however, there is the matter of a “letter of agreement” for the interim superintendent. And that letter of agreement is an agenda […]

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New signs posted at Stumphouse Tunnel Park

New signs have been posted at Stumphouse Tunnel near Walhalla, and they are designed to make visits to the historic attraction easier and safer. The signs are the work of the Blue Ridge Historic Trail Committee and the South Carolina DNR. The way-finding signs point the visitors along the approaches to the Middle and Saddle tunnels. There are nearly 40 […]

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Phone caller is an imposter

A phone caller falsely posing as a health department worker has drawn the attention of state government. The caller is said to be seeking private information and contacts South Carolinians about recent surgeries, saying they may be eligible for a re-imbursement. But the state Department of Health and Environmental Control says the caller is an imposter. DHEC is not associated […]

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County library leaders pin hopes on voters

Library leaders at opposite ends of South Carolina will look to the voters in their counties for the go ahead to renovate and modernize. Oconee and Charleston library officials will bank on favorable referendum votes during the November General Election. Oconee wants to build new libraries and renovate others with the help of a one penny local sales tax. Charleston […]

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For low income Oconee families, an urgent need

Oconeeans are being asked to help needy families in their community meet what’s considered an urgent and important need. You can help by donating diapers and wipes the week of May 5. Oconee families screened by the United Way for Medicaid eligibility receive one package a month unless there is an extreme health need. But one in every three mothers […]

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Judicial candidate has business in Columbia

Walhalla resident and Seneca attorney Scott Sprouse is the only candidate for the Tenth Circuit Seat Two judgeship. And he’ll find himself in Columbia today for a hearing before the state Judicial Merit Selection Commission. The hearing will delve into Sprouse’s qualifications to succeed Alex Macaulay who is scheduled for retirement December 31.

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Operation Infinity new roundup

By 3 this afternoon, 10 people sought in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office latest “Operation Infinity” had been arrested. Four of those 10 were already jailed for unrelated charges. Ten other people were being sought. This drug roundup makes five since Sheriff Crenshaw took office last year. The charges being alleged are a variety from the world of drug distribution. They […]

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Sweep UPDATE

Oconee’s Westminster-based magistrate Will Derrick this afternooon was in the midst of holding bond hearings for defendants who’ve been swept up by “Infinity Five”–the latest drig sweep by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. At one point, Derrick had held hearings for six defendants, with the expectation that he’ll hear bond requests for as many as 14 more.  The hearings are taking […]

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