Georgia man charged with crime in rural Oconee

Copeland Lee Vaughn

  A Lavonia, Georgia man is accused of victimizing a Toccoa, Georgia man on a rural road in the Westminster area of Oconee County.  Law enforcement records show Copeland Lee Vaughn (left) was arrested and charged with carjacking on the Rich Mountain Road.  Sgt. Kevin Cain of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office signed an arrest affidavit that alleges the 22-year old […]

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School trustee field set for November

When Oconeeans mark their ballot for President in November, they can also choose members of their five-seat board of school trustees.  The candidate field is now set for the General Election.  Qualifying for Seats 2, 4 and 5 ended today.  There are contests for two of the seats.  Joe Rukat and Steven Moore will compete for Seat 2.  Incumbent Denise […]

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Small tax increase approved in West Union

  An approximate one-half of a tax mill is being added to the West Union property tax rate.  The town council this week voted to raise the tax by .51% of one mill.  The vote went 4-0 with one council member absent, Kelly Weiser.  Mayor Linda Oliver is hopeful that the increased tax mill rate will create revenue for a […]

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Consent orders before DHEC board

Two area public entities have been named by state health authorities for violating effluent regulations.  In one instance, it involves pollutant discharge.  In the other, effluent limits.  Among consent orders in front of the board of the Department of Health and Environmental Control today are consent orders between DHEC staff and the City of Clemson and the state Department of […]

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Introducing multi-language instruction

Government leaders, business, and educators are endorsing what’s to be a new profile of a South Carolina graduate.  There have been discussions within the Oconee public schools how to adapt to what Governor Haley, the chambers of commerce, and others want to see in future graduates.  And one way to prepare Oconee students for the world is to equip them […]

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Seneca FFA students to compete in national convention


At this fall’s 89th National FFA convention in Indiana, seven Seneca students will compete in an agri-science fair.  Looking forward to the science and technology competition in agriculture are (Left to Right in picture) Madison Towe, Bailey Worley, Caroline Crowe, Grace Powell, Trey Hawk, Alexis Le, and Riley Hard.  At the SC State Agri-science Fair in June, the Seneca FFA […]

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Warning: there are scammers out there

Scammers whose intent is to deprive you of your money continue to be a problem for Oconee County residents.  The Sheriff’s Office has been hearing about scams that include threats of arrest by telephone callers who pose as agents of the IRS.  Other scammers dial businesses and claim they are representing Duke Energy.  Their tact is to claim that because […]

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Backpack giveaway tomorrow at Seneca school

  Tajh Boyd and members of his foundation will distribute backpacks and other school supplies at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning at Seneca’s Blue Ridge Elementary School.  The focus of the foundation of the former Clemson quarterback is to equip at-risk students with tools to succeed.  The mission statement of the foundation is “Empowering and enabling youth in South Carolina to […]

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21-year old is a school trustee candidate

Patrick James of the Clearmont Community is shouldering a lot for a 21-year old.  He’s newly-married and has started working in the insurance business.  James is also giving politics a try.  Today he explained his candidacy for a seat on the Oconee School Board, saying he’s against liberal agendas that push what he says are immoral laws.  James says he […]

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