OSD top performer in achievement test

All Oconee schools exceeded the midway position in both state and national performance for public schools in the achievement test called A-C-T. It’s a test that measures academic skills and knowledge critical for success in college. The Oconee district this morning released a chart of top performing districts statewide that ranks Oconee number nine. Dr. Mike Lucas, district superintendent, says, […]

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Pool passes inspection, still not open

The Walhalla Swimming Pool passed a D-HEC inspection. But it still has yet to open, although it remained the intent of city leaders last night to have the pool open for weekends as summer turns to fall. And possibly, according to Councilman David Underwood, open on selected evenings. City Administrator Nancy Goehle reported to the mayor and council that arrangements […]

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First day attendance at 10,720

From what the district superintendent could gather by early afternoon today, the opening of Oconee public schools for the new year went smoothly. And the first day attendance at all schools across the county numbered 10, 720 students. That apparently is a raw number, very raw, and subject to change.  Dr. Michael Lucas says he visited all schools in the […]

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Seneca grant officially approved

Seneca’s source for funding to prepare for those electric-power buses has been confirmed with the receipt this week of an approval from the South Carolina DOT. “We received the letter from SC DOT that we’ve been awarded the $1.8 million for the Livability Grant which is going to allow us to build improved bus shelters…,” said Ed Halbig, director of […]

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Salem third OC town to hold elections

All the speculation can begin to end next week when candidates’ books open for this year’s Walhalla Municipal Election. It’s being said around town there’s interest among Walhallans in running for the available three city council seats. Qualifying for both the Walhalla and Westminster elections this November will open at noon Monday at the Pine Street office of the Oconee […]

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Biologist calls for less arsenic in apple juice

Lowering arsenic levels in apple juice is a step in the right direction, but regulators could—and should—go further, says Clemson University biologist Lisa Bain. She researches the genetic and developmental effects of arsenic on animals. The U-S Food and Drug Administration is moving to decrease the amount of arsenic allowed in apple juice to 10 parts per billion – the […]

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Rain gauges fill up

Weather watchers focused their eye yesterday on Walhalla’s Cane Creek, as the tributary through the recreation complex Sertoma Field appeared to approach an overflow. On another side of town Barbara Wilson, Official U-S Weather Observer, has been watching her rain gauge fill up. She reported two day totals of more than two inches and seven inches so far in August.

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Second and third arrests in the books

Oconee sheriff’s officers have made additional arrests in their investigation of the theft of $30 thousand worth of tools and fiber optic equipment near Seneca. Arrested yesterday afternoon on charges of receiving stolen goods were Tammy Renee Cobb, 44, and Robert Earl Heaton, 45, both of the same Seneca address. Previously arrested on the same charge was a third Seneca […]

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SC: an agriculture disaster?

You’ve heard the cry from farmers that crops need rain. Well, you don’t hear that anymore—especially in South Carolina. According to Governor Haley, enough’s enough. She visited Pendarvis Farms yesterday to survey damage caused by the excessive summer rains and talked about the need for a disaster declaration from the U-S Department of Agriculture.

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Commissioners make a Table Rock visit

The commissioners representing the Pendleton District take their meeting today to one of the Upstate’s showcase spots. The commission meeting takes place at Table Rock Lodge in Pickens County and begins at 4 this afternoon. The mission of the commission is to collect, preserve and promote the rich history of Oconee, Anderson and Pickens counties and promote economic development through […]

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