Bon Voyage time for Dr. Lucas

The official presentation of a new education budget gave Dr. Mike Lucas, the retiring Oconee superintendent of education, a chance last night to thank the Oconee County Council. Lucas looks back on his time as county superintendent with fondness and satisfaction and gave a hint as to what he looks forward after a career in education that has lasted more […]

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School District personnel moves

Personnel changes within Oconee public schools. After an executive session, Chairman Andy Inabinet of the board of trustees said the board approved a letter of agreement that provides Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations, will serve as interim superintendent “at the will of the board until the board decides to make a permanent position there.” To cover the additional […]

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UPDATE: Seneca vote probe

The state police have no timetable as to when they will finish their investigation of a complaint that four people illegally cast ballots in last month’s Seneca election. But once the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division finishes, a report will be sent to the 10th Circuit office of Solicitor Chrissy Adams. SLED spokesman Thom Berry indicates the contents of that […]

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Tree on a line takes out city’s power

Something seemingly as minor as a tree down on a power line created work for power crews and a great deal of annoyance last night for Walhalla customers of Duke Energy. Last night’s outage started at 9:30 and lasted until 5 this morning. The origin for the outage was a tree on a line on Hazlewood Way near Earlestead Drive. […]

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Be preared for severe weather!

The storm system that began in the central U-S and since hit hard in both Arkansas and Alabama could tonight move into the Carolinas. And that’s why the South Carolina Insurance News Service says it pays to follow safety and loss tips—including keep your family inside and, if a tornado threatens, move to a room without windows in the center […]

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Motorcyle mishap at Keowee Key

Wet roads in Keowee Key this morning apparently contributed to a motorcycle accident. On Port Track Drive, a motorcyclist lost control and he and the bike wound up in a ditch. His injuries—cuts and scapes—could have been a lot worse, in the estimation of Chief Richie Caudill of the Keowee Fire Department. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Broadband project progress

Oconee County announces a partnership between Oconee FOCUS and one-half dozen ISPs—Internet Service Providers. The six providers are authorized to offer internet services to residents and businesses across Oconee County. They are Net Drs., M2P Net, Technology Solutions, Family View Cablevision, OneTone Telecom, and Golden Corner Internet Services. According to the county, negotiations continue with ISPs to expand high-speed internet […]

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Singletons displaced by home fire

Janice and retired Oconee Sheriff James Singleton have been displaced from their home near Seneca by a fire early last night that apparently had its origins with a yard bush set afire with gasoline to exterminate bees. The bush fire was extinguished, but it apparently re-ignited causing heavy damage to the Singletons’ double-wide mobile home inside the Crossroads Volunteer Fire […]

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Court ruling favors the Pickens County assessor

A ruling by an administrative law court upholds an assessment applied to a Pickens County property sold at a foreclosure auction. The state Department of Revenue announces the court ruling favors the Pickens County tax assessor who argued that the fair market value of the property was $1.2 million based on comparable sales as of December 31, 2012. But the […]

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