All-Region Orchestra selections

 Four students at Seneca High School have been selected to All-Region Orchestra. Top string players Hannah Chitty, Keegan Wade, and Stephen and Stephanie Justice were chosen October 5 at the League Academy in Greenville. They’ll join the rest of the All-Region Orchestra members for rehearsal and a performance November 16 in Greenville.

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Lucas return three weeks away!

The recovery of Oconee’s superintendent of education from a heart procedure continues to go well, and November 4 remains the date on the calendar for the return of Dr. Mike Lucas. And that’ll mean Dr. Michael Thorsland will give up his duty as acting superintendent and return full-time to assistant superintendent for operations. Meeting with reporters, Thorsland described his boss […]

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Wingard replaces Hammill

A new commissioner has joined the policy-making board of the fire district that serves Keowee Key and other Lake Keowee communities. The commission yesterday accepted the resignation of Greg Hammill and replaced him with Larry Wingard. Hammill is moving outside the district and Wingard will serve as interim until the district holds its next election in November 2014. Wingard worked […]

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Horse rescued

A horse that got out of its pasture has been rescued near Walhalla. Oconee Animal Control and Walhalla Fire Department accomplished the rescue of a blind horse early last night that wound up in a creek at Hefner Lane and Beaverdam Trail.

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Earthquake Awareness Week

Governor Nikki Haley has issued a statewide proclamation designating Earthquake Awareness Week. It recognizes the unpredictable nature of major earthquakes and the extensive damage that would occur in any of the South Carolina’s major cities. The proclamation also recognizes that South Carolina has partnered with North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia for Thursday’s Great Southeast Shake […]

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He’s here!

Guess who Phil Shirley went fishing with yesterday? The one and only Burt Reynolds. And, to offer proof, that Reynolds is really here, the director of Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism posted a picture on Facebook of both Reynolds and Shirley. The Hollywood actor is in Oconee to film scenes for his part in the movie “Elbow Grease.” At least […]

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Tech opens Quick Jobs center in Anderson

Tri-County Technical College held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony in Anderson for a Quick Jobs Development Center to prepare an advanced workforce to meet the needs of area manufacturers. It’s the college’s third such center for its three-county area. Others are located at the Hamilton Career Center in Seneca and at the Easley campus. The centers are also home […]

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9-11 Memorial Committee ready to move ahead

In separate meetings across Oconee, fire fighters and school board members were given the status of a planned memorial to the tragic, yet heroic, events of September 11, 2001. A volunteer committee that has worked behind the scenes for three years is ready to move toward raising funds to make the memorial a reality. Land has been secured and a […]

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Man who threatened Graham sent to prison

A Pickens County man who admitted he wrote a letter threatening to kill Senator Lindsey Graham drew a near seven-year prison term when sentenced Friday in U-S District Court at Anderson. As ordered by Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr., 32-year old Easley resident Simon Peter Long was sent to federal prison for 87 months for the offense of a mailing […]

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Missing swimmers OK!

On a morning when the water temperature apparently is warmer than the surface air, three boys decided to go for a swim in Lake Keowee. They created concern for adults who feared they might have drowned. But all’s well that ended well this morning in the Ebenezer Community. Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services says the three, 13-year olds were […]

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