Lawsuits settled within weeks of trial

A pair of lawsuits naming an Oconee County doctor and others has been settled—within two weeks of their date for trial. As a result, the cases alleging medical malpractice and wrongful death have been removed from atop the docket for an August 4 term of the Oconee Common Pleas Court. The lawsuit against Dr. Frank Rao, two nurses, and the […]

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What life was like for the frontiersmen

After the American Revolutionary War, an Oconee County stone blockhouse was used as an outpost for the State Militia. Today that stone house, along with an adjacent historic structure, the Indian trading post, makes up Oconee Station State Historic Site. And this summer there will again be a chance to experience what it might have been like to have been […]

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Mobile home to be allowed

A zoning change will allow a couple to place a mobile home at Seneca’s 104 Worth Street—near the Old Salem Road. No opposition was presented last night to the request of Lonnie and Kim Hammond to change the zoning at the property from Residential-10 to Residential General. According to Tamy Sanford, city planner, the mobile home will will cover 1,200 […]

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Jerry Lee to run again!

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 on during the General Election. […]

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So far, 16 qualify for diplomas

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 be inviting all of those […]

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The next Oconee school building projects

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 Putnam,  said it’s not beyond […]

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New school under budget and on schedule

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, but said it’s expected to […]

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Ex-police chief sent to prison

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 for 11 years, the 46-year […]

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Meth labs at a Mountain Rest house

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 old resident of the Long […]

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First day on the job for Steve Harris!

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. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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