A smooth day one for the Oconee schools

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 technology helped make this opening […]

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Fair Play woman charged with soliciting prostitution

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 money. An investigation had begun, […]

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Liberty man arrested in Oconee County

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, with receiving stolen goods. According […]

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Aviation important to Oconee County

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 year proclaimed the first South […]

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Cars collide in Seneca

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. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Joblessness inches its way upward

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% in June to 6.7% in […]

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Welcome back follows move-in

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 and re-opening no later than […]

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Walhalla fire leads to the arrest of Georgia woman

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 and later arson. Investigators believe […]

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