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Teachers to get a new grade

March 17, 2015

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…

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888 key number for Oconee schools

March 17, 2015

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…

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The new Walhalla High from above

March 17, 2015

  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.…

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Oconee job picture a mixed bag in January

March 17, 2015

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…

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Look for smoke in the sky today!

March 17, 2015

A controlled burn is planned today in Long Creek, near the Damascus Church Road. Randy McCoy of the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest says the plan calls for burning about 155 acres.

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Warning: caution when opening a door to a stranger

March 17, 2015

Oconeeans are known to be hospitable and to lend a hand to neighbors and even strangers. But an incident last month near Westminster has prompted the Oconee Sheriff’s Office to urge the public to always be cautious when answering the door to a stranger. A man who visited a home on the Dr. John’s Road…

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Fire burns Utica home

March 17, 2015

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…

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State patrol makes arrest

March 16, 2015

State troopers have made an arrest of a young Walhalla man on charges of felony driving under the influence great bodily injury and felony driving under the influence resulting in death.  Law enforcement records show the charges were placed against Jordan Scott Tilson, 17, of Agar Lane, Walhalla.  The patrol initially identified a 17-year old…

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New school still on budget

March 16, 2015

The project to build the new Walhalla High is still on budget. In fact, the school district’s top official, says it’s likely the new high school at Picket Post will cost less than the approved $54 million dollar budget. For the record today Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, clarified an estimate reported by a regional…

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Refinancing hospital debt

March 16, 2015

At a meeting tomorrow morning, the board of trustees of GHS—the Greenville Health System—will consider a resolution to refinance the debt owed by Oconee Memorial Hospital. When GHS took over OMH last October, it assumed about $70 million in bond indebtedness and what are called “related interest rate swaps.” A spokeswoman says GHS has determined…

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  • May 29, 2015 7:00 pmKingdom Youth Conference
  • May 29, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • May 30, 2015 8:00 amDNR Boater Education Class
  • May 31, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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