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Act 155 qualifies students for diplomas

August 19, 2014

An exit exam no longer a requirement for a high school diploma, Oconee School District has begun to issue diplomas to former students who met all the requirements except that one. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, estimates as many as 200 former students may now qualify for diplomas under South Carolina Act 155. So…

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A smooth day one for the Oconee schools

August 19, 2014

Overall, day one for Oconee public schools went well. In a report to the trustees last night Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, estimated first day attendance fell between 10,100 and 10, 200. The day was not without its normal opening day problems—such as some children left behind at their bus stops. Thorsland says advancements in communication…

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Fair Play woman charged with soliciting prostitution

August 19, 2014

Oconee sheriff’s officers have issued a ticket alleging that a Fair Play woman solicited prostitution. Jongsoon Back, 51 years old, was booked into the Oconee Detention Center yesterday afternoon after, according to the Sheriff’s Office, an undercover agent entered the King’s Spa on Herring Road in Fair Play and was solicited for sexual favors for…

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Liberty man arrested in Oconee County

August 18, 2014

A man became a crime victim even before he was able to move into his new residence near Seneca. While moving into that home last year, someone took household items that he had placed there. Now the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a 29-year old Pickens County man, Timothy Rip Bryant of Liberty,…

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Schools re-open

August 18, 2014

Oconee County opened a new school year this morning.  And, first reports are, no problems.

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Aviation important to Oconee County

August 18, 2014

During National Aviation Week this week, Oconee Economic Alliance draws attention to a pair of successful aero-space industries that call the county home. Oconee is home to Just Aircraft, a light sport aircraft maker near Walhalla, and to RBC AeroStructures, a maker of aero-space control rods in the Oconee Commerce Park. Governor Nikki Haley last…

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Cars collide in Seneca

August 18, 2014

An accident this morning at a Seneca street corner. The police say one of the drivers required a trip to the hospital when two cars collided at E. Main and Lindsay Road. In the 9 o’clock hour accident, the police say, charges are pending against the other driver.

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Joblessness inches its way upward

August 18, 2014

Unemployment in both Oconee County and South Carolina increased in the month of July. The Department of Employment and Workforce report covering the summer month shows the state’s rate rose nearly one-half of a percentage point—from 5.3% in June to 5.7% in July. For Oconee County, the size of the increase was nearly identical—from 6.2%…

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Welcome back follows move-in

August 18, 2014

Clemson became a sea of u-hauls for the annual move-in weekend. But tonight’s a time for festivities ahead of the new academic year. The official welcome back festival takes place this evening. And that’ll mean a part of College Avenue downtown, from Keith Street to highway 93, will be closed starting at 4:45 this afternoon…

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Walhalla fire leads to the arrest of Georgia woman

August 16, 2014

A 31-year old Toccoa, Georgia woman has been arrested in Oconee County and charged with third degree arson at a home in Walhalla. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office seeks a second person related to the crime. The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest by the Walhalla police of April Dawn Lakey originally on the charge of forgery…

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  • October 25, 2014 10:00 amCORVETTES AT TAMASSEE DAR School
  • October 25, 2014 4:00 pmWestminster First Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat
  • October 26, 2014 10:00 amMonti Vista Baptist Church's Homecoming
  • October 26, 2014 4:00 pmReturn Baptist Church's Community Wide Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
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