CU students to spend spring break helping others

Clemson students are about to embark for spring break, but many of them will not relax. They are going to help others in need. More than 235 students from several organizations are taking part next week in some kind of service trip. The Alternate Break Program is sending 20 students to Biloxi, Mississippi to work on projects for erosion prevention […]

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Official: final tallies for Seneca candidates

As announced yesterday by Bob Brock, chairman of the Oconee Election Commission, here are the final and official vote count for the eight candidates this week for four seats on the Seneca City Council. The final tallies include the regular ballots, five provisional (or challenged) votes and three write-in votes. The four declared winners are Joel Ward, 436; Stuart Pohl, […]

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Tax relief for military service personnel

Governor Haley has signed a bill to provide property tax relief to active duty military men and women in South Carolina. Active duty soldiers have been eligible for a 4% property tax assessment while stationed in South Carolina, but if required to move to fulfill orders, they could incur an increase to 6% as their residence in the state is […]

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Forest Service worker killed in NC

The U-S Forest Service is mourning the death of a 38-year old officer killed yesterday in the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. Jason Crisp is survived by his wife and two children. Crisp and his K-9 partner were killed in the line of duty in Burke County—the details of which are still under investigation […]

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Awards presented for tornado safety posters

A 5th grader at Walhalla Elementary School is this year’s overall, grand prize winner in the annual Oconee County School Tornado Safety Contest. Kayleigh Toole receives a $45 cash reward and a weather radio. Oconee Emergency Services, contest sponsor, also named individual grade first and second place winners. The contest purpose is to educate children on the dangers of tornadoes […]

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Rozman holds on!

Oconee’s election commissioners added five provisional ballots to the Seneca vote totals announced Tuesday and, bottom line is, newcomer Denise Rozman holds onto the fourth highest total—meaning she gains a council seat. The official final tally of 314 Rozman votes means that incumbent, Ernest Riley at 311, has officially lost his bid to be re-elected. Other candidates saw their vote […]

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OC arrests Fairfield County man

An elderly man in Fairfield County has been arrested and charged by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office with a sex crime that occurred about 10 years ago. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identified the arrested man as Douglas Clifton McFarland, 78 years old, of the Fairfield County town of Ridgeway. McFarland arrived yesterday at the Oconee Jail from Fairfield County, where he […]

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OSB to act on reviseed calendar

Governor Haley has signed a bill to allow school boards to waive up to five days missed because of inclement weather this winter. And the Oconee School Board of Trustees is ready to act. Dr. Mike Lucas, superintendent, said today, “We’re on track for the Board to forgive three of the six days we missed….”   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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New lease to access lake areas

Oconee County and the Army Corps of Engineers have executed a new lease agreement covering access areas on Lake Hartwell. In some areas, the county will step in to maintain and operate access ramps, campgrounds, and recreation areas for which Army Corps faces difficulty because of decreasing federal aid. Under the terms of the new agreement, Oconee will become responsible […]

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