“It has been determined that there was hazing”

A statement this afternoon from Dr. Michael Thorsland, Oconee superintendent of education, says, “It has been determined that there was hazing.” And the Walhalla police continue to investigate as to whether criminal charges are appropriate. Thorsland’s statement also says district administration is proceeding with disciplinary action and “the students are no longer on the soccer team.” Earlier five Walhalla soccer […]

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Ohioan arrested on Oconee drug charges

A 32-year old Akron, Ohio man has been arrested as the result of an investigation conducted by Oconee sheriff’s officers Tuesday afternoon near U-S 123 and Sheep Farm Road. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Todd Stewart was arrested and charged with distributing methamphetamine after a call from a Sandifer Boulevard business about two people acting suspiciously inside a red […]

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Multiple charges bring prison sentence

Oconee General Sessions Court defendant Mark Eldon Staton was ordered today to serve a four-year prison term for larceny and drug offenses, to which he entered guilty pleas. Staton attributed his behavior to “being stupid and having a bad habit.” He told Judge Lawton McIntosh that he apologizes to the owner of the stolen trailer, a person who he said […]

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Library in line for parking lot improvements

The Westminster Branch of the Oconee Public Library will close for one week next month to allow for the paving and re-construction of its parking lot. The work schedule, from April 6 through the 11th, will depend on the weather. All other branches of the library system will remain open. The library staff and the board of trustees request your […]

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Seneca fraud charges filed against Pickens County inmate

The Seneca police have filed charges of fraud against a 29-year old inmate in Pickens County. The police yesterday obtained warrants charging Atlanta area resident Richard Mark Springer with financial transaction card fraud and crimes against a federally-chartered financial institution. The offenses are alleged to have occurred in January at South State Bank when the suspicions of bank employees were […]

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Expecting large turnout Saturday

The office of Oconee Veterans Affairs has an idea of how many service men and women from the Second World War remain survivors today in Oconee County, but no idea of how many survive from a later war in a small country 10 thousand miles away. Nevertheless, V-A Officer Jerry Dyar expects a large turnout in Seneca Saturday of Vietnam […]

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Improving the borrower’s financial literacy

Senators Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, and Joe Donnelly, Indiana Democrat, have introduced a measure to raise the financial literacy of college students to ensure that student borrowers have access to the best tools and information to make responsible decisions. It’s called the Empowering Student Borrowers Act. A study released last year found that about one-half of college freshmen in […]

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You could be the next Barbara Wilson!

At the request of the South Carolina DNR, Friends of Lake Keowee is recruiting nature-minded individuals to take part in an effort to collect and report rainfall data. It’s important for weather forecasters to have reliable information on rain. Those interested are being asked to measure for the country-wide organization Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, sponsored by the […]

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Seneca school captures contest

Seneca’s Northside Elementary School won the 4th Annual Battle of the Books held last weekend at Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary. Ten county schools advanced to the competition from school-level contests. Contestants answered questions on the books they had read in their school media centers.

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