Video will catch drivers who break school bus law

Video cameras may now record evidence of motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus in South Carolina. And, as was pointed out during a Greenville news conference today, the authority comes from changes to the law. State Senator Thomas Alexander says the stories he is hearing about the extent to which the school bus stop law is being violated […]

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Expanded pre-kindergarten program

Parents of Oconee 4-year olds are finding out this week if there’s room in the county school district’s expanded program this year for pre-kindergarten. Schools cannot accept every student who went through screening. Nevertheless, Oconee expects to accommodate as many as 320 of the county’s 4-year olds. “We’re very excited about that,” says Ginger Hopkins, assistant superintendent for instruction. Additional […]

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Walhallan arrested in club burglary

A 30-year old Walhalla man has been arrested on multiple charges from a burglary this summer at the Blue Ridge Shrine Club in Oconee County’s Bountyland Community. The Sheriff’s Office has announced charges of third degree burglary, grand larceny and giving false information to a law enforcement officer against Joseph Ryan Jones of Kenneth Street. Jones was arrested yesterday afternoon. […]

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Funding source for museum project

A committee of the Seneca City Council recommends a funding source for the project to build the city’s African-American history museum. At a meeting this morning, the finance committee recommended the use of up to $600 thousand of Light and Water funds to build the Bertha Strickland Museum on the block between S. 1st and 2nd streets behind the city’s […]

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Filing opens for non-partisan seats

Local filing remains open for three sets of seats in the November General Election, but the deadlines to run are next week. At last report, three people were in the fold to seek a pair of seats on Oconee County School Board. The deadline to run is noon Monday. Meantime, the office of Oconee Elections is accepting candidates for both […]

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Tech co-workers retire tomorrow!

For more than 20 years, they’ve been best friends. And tomorrow Christee Williams and Dr. Peggy Champion retire from Tri-County Technical College. For the last 10 years, Williams and Champion worked toward a goal of making Tech’s veterinary technology program the best in the country. Champion became department head in 2004 and Williams has 32 years as an instructor. They […]

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August School Board meetings

Because of a light agenda, this month’s two meetings of the Oconee County School Board of Trustees are being combined into one regular meeting on the evening of Monday, August 18—which is the first day for school for the 2014-15 year. Elsewhere, on the trustees August schedule: a planning session at Devil’s Fork State Park and a conference at the […]

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Moment of silence for two Walhallans

This week’s meeting of Walhalla City Council started with a moment of silence in memory and thoughts of two prominent Walhallans. Mayor Danny Edwards asked the city council and those in the audience to remember long-time merchant Bill McLees, who died Tuesday at his apartment home on E. Main Street downtown. And the mayor asked those at the meeting to […]

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Hiring event next week in Seneca

A South Carolina Works Worklink hiring event takes place next week in Seneca. Employers will be on hand to greet job-seekers from 9 a-m to noon Friday, August 15 at the Gignilliat Community Center. Among those employers who will have representatives there are Borg Warner, KBR (hiring for BASF), HTI, Loving Health Care Inc., Phillips Staffing, RBC AeroStructures, and Senior […]

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Plane at Oconee Regional termed “nuisance”

A judge today gave a North Carolina man seven days to have an airplane moved from where it sits at the Oconee Regional Airport. Common Pleas Judge Lawton McIntosh acted at the request of an attorney for Oconee County. That attorney, Douglas Gray, called the Helio Stallion airplane a nuisance and said its presence on the airport grounds constitutes trespassing. […]

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