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Jerry Lee to run again!

July 22, 2014

A long-time Oconee County school board member, Jerry Lee, hopes to make it another four years this November. Lee told 96.3/WGOG NEWS last night that, when candidate qualifying for the school board opens next week, he plans to sign-up. Lee represents District One and is one of two current trustees whose seats will be voted…

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So far, 16 qualify for diplomas

July 22, 2014

Now that exit exams are no longer the law of the land in South Carolina, as many as 16 former Oconee County students are qualifying for high school diplomas. At last night’s meeting of the county school trustees, Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland announced, “So we’ve ordered 16 diplomas and at an upcoming board meeting we’ll…

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The next Oconee school building projects

July 22, 2014

Oconee School District officials have identified two companies who graded out the best to provide architect and engineer services for the next building projects within the district. The companies–Jumper Carter Sease of Columbia and McMillan Pazden Smith of Greenville/Spartanburg–are being considered for renovation work at two elementary schools—Ravenel and Fair-Oak. The district’s purchasing coordinator, Wayne…

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New school under budget and on schedule

July 22, 2014

At last night’s meeting of Oconee school trustees, Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland announced construction of the new Walhalla High School is coming under the $55 million budget and is likely to be ready on time for the academic year that will begin in August of 2015. Thorsland declined to put an exact dollar figure savings,…

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Ex-police chief sent to prison

July 21, 2014

A former Westminster chief of police has been sent for prison to two years and ordered to pay his ex-employer money that he embezzled.  Scott Bannister this afternoon pleaded guilty in the Oconee General Sessions Court to misconduct in office and embezzlement.  As part of a suspended sentence that could have sent him to prison…

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Meth labs at a Mountain Rest house

July 21, 2014

Multiple charges have been placed against two Westminster area residents after deputies say they found shake and bake meth labs in the yard and inside a Mountain Rest house. An anonymous tip led one of the deputies to an abandoned house near the Cassidy Bridge Road. There, deputies say they arrested Matthew Blake Sosby, 40-year…

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First day on the job for Steve Harris!

July 21, 2014

South Carolina has assigned a new agent-in-charge of its Oconee County office for Probation, Parole and Pardons. Steve Harris of Anderson went on the job today. Harris’s predecessor, Greg Stewart, gave his replacement a tour of the Oconee Courthouse. And Harris got a look the county’s largest courtroom, on the fourth floor of the courthouse.

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Jury picked for trial Wednesday

July 21, 2014

A jury was selected today to hear the state’s case against a young man, arrested in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office investigation of a stabbing last summer near Seneca. Oconee General Sessions Judge Alex Macaulay told the jury to report for duty at 10:30 Wednesday morning and be ready for the start of Laquavius Cleveland’s trial.…

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Victim’s name released

July 21, 2014

The woman killed in last night’s accident near Townville has been identified as Jessica Hope Bramlett. Coroner Karl Addis said Bramlett, a 29-year old Seneca resident, died of a head injury and other blunt force traumatic injuries suffered when hit while walking on South Carolina 24. Authorities say the car that struck Bramlett was driven…

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A rainy, cool weekend!

July 21, 2014

As provided by Walhalla’s Official U-S Weather Observer, yesterday afternoon’s high temperature registered 82 degrees. The overnight low dipped to 62 and nearly one-half inch was added to the weekend’s rain totals. In the annals of Barbara Wilson, Saturday was an unforgettable day. The third Saturday in July measured nearly two inches of rain and…

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Calendar

  • October 1, 2014Oconee County Humane Society Fundraiser
  • October 3, 2014 10:30 amLeTourneau-WABCO Employee Reunuion
  • October 3, 2014 3:00 pmBenefit for Phillip Brucke
  • October 4, 2014 6:00 pmOle Country Church Singing
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