Pay attention to the stopped school bus law

The public school year is already several weeks old, yet there remains questions about the law that applies when school buses stop to pick up children. According to South Carolina law, motorists on two lane roads in both directions must stop when a bus flashes amber/red lights. But motorists approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction on roads with […]

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Lucas portrait to hang in place of honor

 A portrait of Oconee’s immediate past superintendent of education will hang in the school district’s board conference room, alongside others who’ve served in the position. Now retired, Dr. Mike Lucas returned to this week’s meeting of the county trustees, where the portrait was presented by Sherry Moore, president of the Oconee Education Association. OCEA recently re-vitalized itself and now, as […]

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County files lawsuit alleging unpaid taxes

Oconee County yesterday filed suit alleging that principals of the Journal newspaper owe $315,675 in property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane kept at the Oconee Regional Airport. The suit, for which a jury trial is requested in the Common Pleas Court, names as defendants Jerry Edwards, Steve Edwards, a partnership, and a company that operates a hangar at […]

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“Courthouse Inn” project faces new deadline

The businessmen who want to turn the former Oconee Courthouse into a boutique-type hotel are facing a new deadline. Oconee County Council last night directed John Powell and Jim Carswell to produce an official document by council’s October 21 meeting that assures there is a lender willing to provide funds to repay a loan for the project. Powell and Carswell […]

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Craft beer tasting on the Green

A vote cast last night at Walhalla City Hall divided the mayor and the council practically down the middle. By a margin of one vote, the council agreed to allow the chamber of commerce to stage a craft beer tasting event on the downtown green for part of Oktoberfest weekend. The vote was three in favor, two against, and one […]

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Oconee tax rate to remain unchanged

Oconee County Council decided it’s better to shun a small tax decrease this year to help avoid or deflect a tax increase next year. And with that the council last night decided to keep the county tax mill rate at 215—even though it was told that a revised Duke Energy assessment will mean an additional $405 thousand. Based on that […]

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Former nursing home administrator on stand

As a witness for the plaintiff, a former administrator of Seneca Health and Rehabilitation took the stand this afternoon in the Common Pleas courtroom. At the start of her testimony, Pamela Smith of Seneca was answering questions about her time as administrator and about the chain of command within the national nursing home company called Sava Senior Care. Smith told […]

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Buell receives suspended prison sentence

A relationship that a young man formed on an Oconee school field trip with an underage girl led him down the wrong path and, for that, Tyler Garner Buell apologized today in the General Sessions Court. The court allowed Buell to plead guilty to a reduced charge of assault and battery second degree. Judge Mark Hayes II sentenced the 21-year […]

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Public meetings ahead on capital sales tax vote

At least two information meetings are set in advance of the November capital sales tax referendum in Oconee County. Scott Moulder, county administrator, will be among leaders who will address the public on two occasions. The first meeting will be 9 o’clock Friday morning, September 26 at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. The second one, 5 o’clock Monday evening, October 27 […]

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