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Hospital debt refinanced

March 18, 2015

Action by the governing board of Greenville Health System re-finances debt accrued from the takeover of Oconee Memorial Hospital, and the GHS treasurer says yesterday’s action is expected to save $140 thousand dollars. In the resolution approved by the GHS board, the amortization and final maturity of the bonds is to be re-structured to blend…

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Game plan for those annoying potholes

March 18, 2015

The severe winter weather was no friend to the condition of the state-maintained roads and highways in Oconee County. Mike Smith, resident maintenance engineer for the DOT, says crews are now working extended hours to fill potholes. They are aware of many of the potholes, but the public is invited to report potholes by calling…

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For second day, a controlled burn

March 18, 2015

For a second day, Forest Service crews plan a controlled burn at or in the vicinity of Long Creek. A spokesman says today’s burn of 160 acres is to take place on the South Carolina side of the Chattooga River and is to be conducted by crews from the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter…

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Wording in Mission Statement changed

March 18, 2015

Only months into her first term, Oconee District One Councilwoman Edda Cammick has been thinking about the wording in the county mission statement, and last night she was able to do something about it. At her urging, the council amended the language. In Cammick’s view, the offending language was the last line “….managing growth and…

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Public sounds off on noise law

March 18, 2015

Sampling the public’s opinion, Oconee’s elected leaders heard some words of caution against a noise ordinance so strict that it could cost the county jobs. Bountyland resident Don Leslie, telling the council that he is pro-business, said while he also believes there should be “teeth” in a noise ordinance, but not enough that it would…

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Pickens court week has Oconee connections

March 18, 2015

Criminal charges against a Greenville man top the docket for next week’s term of Pickens County General Sessions Court. Those charges allege that Brent Christopher McLaurin committed grand larceny and entering a bank with the intent of robbery. The arrest affidavits naming McLaurin allege the crimes took place January 14, 2014 at the Sun Trust…

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Oconee to make exemptions for noise

March 18, 2015

If a certain industry comes calling, will Oconee make exception if what that manufacturer does runs afoul of the county’s noise rules? The answer at last night’s County Council meeting appeared to be yes. Four of the five council members approved an ordinance adding exemptions to the noise code that are conducive to business. Voting…

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Smoky sky this afternoon!

March 17, 2015

Smoke from the U-S Forest Service controlled burn at Long Creek has made for a cloud cover this afternoon in large parts of Oconee County–including Seneca and Walhalla.  And it has the people talking, asking questions. The Forest Service early today make known its plans for the controlled burn to consumer about 155 acres off…

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Teachers to get a new grade

March 17, 2015

A decision by the state Board of Education last week will make for a new method to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s public school teachers. And the personnel director for the Oconee School District says the change is going to be more palatable to the teachers who prepare for their profession by earning college…

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888 key number for Oconee schools

March 17, 2015

Oconee public schools are anticipating a workforce of teachers, staff, and administrators at 888 for the 2015-16 year that begins in August. Earnestine Williams, personnel director, says at its meeting last night the county board of trustees approved contracts to be issued by the district by the middle of next month, to be signed and…

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  • May 31, 2015 7:00 pmSpring Revival at Flat Shoals Baptist Church
  • June 2, 2015 3:00 pmWestminster Recreation Department Fall Sports Registration
  • June 3, 2015 3:00 pmWestminster Recreation Department Fall Sports Registration
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