Encouraged by selfless acts of Oconee students

Dr. Michael Thorsland, Oconee superintendent of education, took time this week to praise a select number of students for their selfless acts that have impressed others. Thorsland spoke about the actions that are encouraging to him at two venues—Monday night’s school board meeting and a meeting the following morning with the working press. One had to do with a skilled […]

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Megan Hicks, ambassador for cancer reseasrch funding

A Lexington woman visited Washington this week as the state’s ambassador to help generate money for research efforts to find a cure for cancer. Megan Hicks works for the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative and, when we spoke to her Tuesday morning, she was getting ready for a day to meet staff members of senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Some […]

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Chairman McCall makes a plea

Chairman Wayne McCall of Oconee County Council has issued a public appeal. The county has been unable to generate sufficient interest to fill seats on a pair of boards needed to help with the flow of county business. The committee that sets policy for the county’s scenic highway efforts is in need of one member. And the Conservation Bank Board […]

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Emergency food and shelter money allocated

Seven social service agencies in Oconee County will share $30 thousand in emergency food and shelter money. The local board that governs how that money is spent met Tuesday and approved allotments to the following organizations: to the Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund for utility assistance; to Golden Harvest, for food assistance; to the Salvation Army, for utilities assistance; to Golden […]

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Clemson moves August graduation ceremonies

Clemson University will move its graduation ceremonies to Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville beginning with the August 7 ceremony and continuing through the August 2016 graduation. Major renovation to Littlejohn Coliseum makes the move necessary. Clemson Athletics also announced that the men’s basketball team will play its 2015-16 schedule at the Greenville arena. The women’s basketball and volleyball games […]

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Litter pickup campaign underway

 On a sunny and warm late winter day the Oconee Sheriff’s Office started its spring litter pickup campaign. Inmates from the Detention Center, supervised by Corp. Tim Rice, picked up trash on highway 11—south between Mountain Road and highway 123. Rice, the county’s environmental services officer, also led the inmates to pick up trash Tuesday on Camp Road near Five […]

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Fires in and around Westminster

 Yesterday afternoon proved to be a hot time for fire fighters in and around Westminster. One of the fires involved an engine fire in a truck sitting beneath the over-hang in the drive-thru of the Community First Bank on Windsor Street. Around the same time, fire burned through a mobile home, large barn, and an acre of brush near the […]

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Westminster changes utility rules

A change made by Westminster to its rules covering utility service will affect future water and sewer customers in the city’s service territory outside the corporate limits.  It has no effect on existing utility customers in the unincorporated areas.  City council last night approved a deed restriction on the property that requires the owners to annex when requested. City Administrator […]

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Hospital debt refinanced

Action by the governing board of Greenville Health System re-finances debt accrued from the takeover of Oconee Memorial Hospital, and the GHS treasurer says yesterday’s action is expected to save $140 thousand dollars. In the resolution approved by the GHS board, the amortization and final maturity of the bonds is to be re-structured to blend the debt service requirements with […]

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Game plan for those annoying potholes

The severe winter weather was no friend to the condition of the state-maintained roads and highways in Oconee County. Mike Smith, resident maintenance engineer for the DOT, says crews are now working extended hours to fill potholes. They are aware of many of the potholes, but the public is invited to report potholes by calling 864/647-0798 or through the internet […]

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