Getting political with the public

It will soon be officially time to get political with Oconee County public education. School District headquarters has announced the qualifying period to run this year for two of the five seats on the Oconee School Board of Trustees. Voters in districts One and Three get the chance this year to vote on individuals to serve in those seats. Qualifying […]

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Congressman lauds off-shore drill bill

Congressman Jeff Duncan commends the House of Representatives for passing an off-shore oil and gas bill that he believes will mean economic benefits for South Carolina and other coastal states. The bill is H-R 4899—“the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act.” According to Duncan’s office, the bill would unleash potential economic activity currently constrained by the […]

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A “TAN” just in case the schools need cash

Just in case Oconee public schools run low on cash for payroll and other obligations, a measure is in place for the district to borrow. During yesterday’s special meeting, county trustees approved a tax anticipation note on the recommendation of Gloria Moore, executive director of finance. It will allow the public schools to borrow as much as $5.8 million, if […]

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Jury acquits

A jury in the Oconee General Sessions Court has acquitted a 32-year old man arrested and charged with assaulting police officers while resisting arrest. The not guilty verdicts were returned yesterday in the state’s case against Christopher Eric Gaines. The defendant’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Danny Day, said the account Gaines gave the jury was instrumental in his client’s acquittal. […]

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“Extremely low” Clemson water

Clemson water reserves are extremely low and the boil water notice remains in effect. By 2:30 yesterday afternoon, the Anderson Regional Joint Water System was pumping water to Clemson—but the reserves for all of the water service providers were severely depleted during the emergency. A limited supply provided by adjoining Central has allowed Clemson to maintain adequate emergency water. Until […]

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No confirmation of downed plane

A call late last night from a Westminster area homeowner reporting a possible airplane crash set in motion a search. But no crash site was ever found, although Oconee County authorities are continuing to work with the FAA and the Civil Air Patrol for a further determination. Fire and EMS searchers were told by several residents that they saw the […]

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Statewide conference coming to the Gorges

The 2014 South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting will be held Sept. 24-25 in the Upstate and will feature a look at the prescribed burning and research going on in the mountains of Jocassee Gorges. The 2014 gathering will be a one-and-a-half-day workshop and annual meeting. The first day will start late morning Sept. 24 at Jocassee Gorges in […]

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Hikers found

A search today for hikers along the Chattooga River has succeeded in locating those who were missing.  And Mike Crane, District Ranger, says the hikers are fine–having been found near the highway 28 bridge not far from Georgia.  No details as yet to as how they came to difficulty. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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NRC finding: apparent Unit One violation

Nuclear Regulatory Commission is disclosing a preliminary greater than green finding and related apparent violation involving a crack in a weld in Unit One at the Oconee Nuclear Station. The report was addressed today in NRC correspondence to Scott Batson, site vice president at Oconee Nuclear. The government watchdog agency describes the finding as “greater than very low significance.” As […]

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Personnel changes within Oconee schools

A new administrator and three new principals have been appointed to start work within the Oconee public school system. In meetings today, the county trustees are making personnel moves. They include the selection of Ginger Hopkins as assistant superintendent of instruction. Angie Henderson will take over as principal of Ravenel Elementary School; Rosemary Wise is the new principal at Orchard […]

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