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Thorsland gets glowing review

June 9, 2015

Oconee school trustees approve of the job turned in by Dr. Michael Thorsland, the first-year superintendent. After a closed door meeting last night, the trustees awarded Thorsland a 2% pay raise and extended his contract by another year. When hired last year, Thorsland got a three-year deal and an annual salary of $135 thousand. Trustees’…

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Lawmakers on one week break from Columbia

June 9, 2015

Like their counterparts from across the state, Oconee’s state lawmakers are not through with their legislative sessions. They are on a one-week break before having to return to Columbia to take up the still unfinished state budget. Left unfinished so far is something approaching an adequate solution to the need to repair the state’s roads…

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Auto parts maker to locate in Toccoa, Georgia

June 9, 2015

A German automotive supplier is going to set up shop in Toccoa, Georgia to supply high-quality injection-molded components. An announcement this morning by Governor Nathan Deal says NIFCO-KTW, within the first five years, will create 200 jobs and invest $27 million dollars. The factory is to be the company’s first North American headquarters and in…

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Burglars strike Cliffs and Keowee Falls

June 9, 2015

Burglars stole T-V sets and damaged the recreation center building at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls Golf Course. Oconee sheriff’s officers believe the burglary occurred between 4 and 6:30 yesterday morning. The stolen Sony televisions are worth hundreds of dollars. The burglars broke two lamps and left an estimated $250 dollars damage to the wall.…

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Proposed budgets go to hearing tonight

June 9, 2015

New budgets for a new year undergo public scrutiny tonight in Oconee County. The County Council will welcome the public for comment and questions about the budgets proposed for county government, the public schools, and the Keowee Fire District. Tonight’s meeting at Pine Street begins at 6 o’clock.

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New Walhalla High pronounced ready

June 9, 2015

Ten times around the circular walkway above the gymnasium equates to one mile. That’s one of the impressions drawn from the public’s first look yesterday at the new Walhalla High School. The spacious hallway inside the main entrance came in handy for the large crowd that turned out for the ribbon cutting and open house.…

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Proceeding delayed in Hiott case

June 9, 2015

A pre-trial conference in a criminal case against a former Oconee banker is being delayed, at the request of the prosecution. Federal Judge J-Michelle Childs signed an order last week continuing the case against Benjamin Lee Hiott until the August term of U-S District Court. Hiott, former vice president with Community First Bank, is charged…

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Accused bank robber’s daughter aids authorities

June 9, 2015

A document filed by an FBI agent shows that the daughter of the man who allegedly robbed a bank near Seneca gave authorities information that they were able to use to make the arrest. Jesse Ray Pate of Mountain Rest awaits trial on the charge of robbing a First Community branch May 19. In an…

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Chickens in backyards at Clemson?

June 8, 2015

Should Clemson join other cities such as Greenville and Columbia and allow its residents to keep a limited number of chickens. It’s an issue in the university town for which the city is seeking the opinions of its residents. Some Clemson residents have approached their city for permission, but concerns about backyard chickens include noise…

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What’s Bill Callahan’s plan?

June 8, 2015

A changing of the guard awaits the Westminster Rotary Club. On July 1, Bill Callahan will begin a one-year term as club president. And at tomorrow’s meeting Callahan will present his plan for 2015-16. The Rotary Club’s new officers will be inducted in a June 30 ceremony at Magnolia Manor.

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Calendar

  • July 31, 2015 5:00 pmChristmas in July to support Heath's Haven
  • July 31, 2015 7:00 pmConservation Theory in Concert
  • July 31, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • August 2, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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