Pickens court week has Oconee connections

Criminal charges against a Greenville man top the docket for next week’s term of Pickens County General Sessions Court. Those charges allege that Brent Christopher McLaurin committed grand larceny and entering a bank with the intent of robbery. The arrest affidavits naming McLaurin allege the crimes took place January 14, 2014 at the Sun Trust Bank in Pickens. During court […]

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Oconee to make exemptions for noise

If a certain industry comes calling, will Oconee make exception if what that manufacturer does runs afoul of the county’s noise rules? The answer at last night’s County Council meeting appeared to be yes. Four of the five council members approved an ordinance adding exemptions to the noise code that are conducive to business. Voting no was the council’s newest […]

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Smoky sky this afternoon!

Smoke from the U-S Forest Service controlled burn at Long Creek has made for a cloud cover this afternoon in large parts of Oconee County–including Seneca and Walhalla.  And it has the people talking, asking questions. The Forest Service early today make known its plans for the controlled burn to consumer about 155 acres off the Damascus Church Road.

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Teachers to get a new grade

A decision by the state Board of Education last week will make for a new method to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s public school teachers. And the personnel director for the Oconee School District says the change is going to be more palatable to the teachers who prepare for their profession by earning college degrees and who enhance their […]

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888 key number for Oconee schools

Oconee public schools are anticipating a workforce of teachers, staff, and administrators at 888 for the 2015-16 year that begins in August. Earnestine Williams, personnel director, says at its meeting last night the county board of trustees approved contracts to be issued by the district by the middle of next month, to be signed and returned by April 25. And […]

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The new Walhalla High from above

  Oconee school officials have been given pictures of what the new Walhalla High looks like from above, and they like what they see. The high-definition pictures are courtesy of someone’s robotic drone. Down on the ground work has progressed enough to allow the district to begin to move certain items to the new campus. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for […]

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Oconee job picture a mixed bag in January

In the first month of 2015 more people were working in Oconee County, but more people were receiving state benefits for unemployment. On the surface, the Oconee County figures in the state’s job report amount to a non-sequitur. In January 32,426 members of the Oconee job force were gainfully employed. The 2,240 Oconeeans considered unemployed translated to 6.5% of the […]

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Fire burns Utica home

Fire burned a home late yesterday afternoon in the Utica Community near Seneca. Neighbors used the telephone at 4:45 to alert authorities to the fire on Brown Street. Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, says fire fighters were able to put a stop to the fire within five minutes of their arrival. At one point, it was thought someone may have […]

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