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Teacher of the Year

May 1, 2013

The suspense ends at 5:30 this afternoon with the announcement in Columbia of South Carolina’s new Teacher of the Year. A first grade teacher at Pickens Elementary School, Darlene Sutton, is one of the five finalists. The winner gets a cash reward and the use of a BMX3 for a year.

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Caution to thieves!

May 1, 2013
Caution to thieves!

This is a message you can typically spot along Oconee roadways where crews are burying fiber optic for the high-speed Internet access project.

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First of two suspects arrested

May 1, 2013

A 46-year old Walhalla woman has been arrested as one of two suspects in a Sunday night home burglary on S. Cedar Street. Lt. Paul Harris says Teresa Diane Durham was arrested yesterday and charged with burglary first degree. According to Harris, the police were led to Durham and a second suspect when they were…

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Dyar sees hope to reduce backlog

May 1, 2013

The Oconee Veterans Affairs Director, Jerry Dyar, sees hope for the U-S Department of veterans Affairs to begin to reduce the backlog of disability claims. U-S Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, among others, calls on President Obama for a plan. Dyar says, “We have numerous veterans right here in Oconee County who have rating…

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Lakeside restaurant temporarily closed

May 1, 2013

A Lake Keowee restaurant near Seneca has closed temporarily because of a kitchen fire. According to the Seneca Fire Department, yesterday morning’s fire at the Tikki Hutt on Old Salem Road was doused by kitchen workers using extinguishers. Department spokesman Chris Cartee says the investigation of the fire is in the hands of Shane Gibbs,…

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“Flat” local budget request

May 1, 2013

Before Oconee County Council, Dr. Mike Lucas, county Superintendent of Education, offered what he called a “flat” budget request—meaning it seeks no additional local tax funds for general education purposes in the next year. Bottom line figures for the budgets projected for Oconee School District: $86.8 million in both state and local source revenues; $88.6…

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Oconee’s financial crunch

May 1, 2013

In the eyes of its administrator, Oconee County faces a stark challenge in what some see as a new normal after the Great Recession. Scott Moulder laid out for the County Council last night a choice of either raising taxes and fees or cutting spending which means fewer services. Moulder proposed a general county budget…

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Skipp succeeds Adams

May 1, 2013

Oconee Republicans have reorganized for 2013, and they have new a new chairman and a new vice-chairman. Bob Skipp succeeded Eddie Adams, who stepped down as chairman. Bill Jerome is the new vice chairman. New chairman Skipp embraces the conservative philosophy and claims to be an original Tea Party organizer. In a 96.3/WGOG NEWS interview,…

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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

April 30, 2013

The United Way of Oconee, partnering with the state DSS, will issue free coupons to low income adults 60 and older that may be used to buy fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets. Each eligible person will receive $35 worth of coupons that may be used from June through October 15. They’ll be issued…

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Fire in restaurant kitchen

April 30, 2013

Employees at a lakeside restaurant near Seneca this morning used extinguishers to put out a kitchen fire. The 9-1-1 call received from the Seneca Fire Department reported a gas leak at the Tikki Hut preceded the fire. It occurred as the restaurant was preparing today’s lunch, and two of the employees required medical attention—one for…

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Calendar

  • October 26, 2014 10:00 amMonti Vista Baptist Church's Homecoming
  • October 26, 2014 4:00 pmReturn Baptist Church's Community Wide Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
  • October 26, 2014 4:30 pmCheohee Baptist Church Fall Festival
  • October 26, 2014 5:00 pmCollege Street Baptist Church's Fall Celebration
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