County budget hearings tonight

Oconee County plans public hearings tonight on three budget ordinances, covering county spending, education spending, and the Keowee Fire special tax districts.  The hearings start at 6 o’clock tonight and take place at an alternate meeting location:  the conference room at the school district administrative offices across Pine Street from the county administrative complex. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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School District banks on increased value of a tax mill

The finance director for Oconee public schools gave the county trustees revised budget numbers as they approached a final vote last night on a budget which projects 2016-17 spending at nearly $93.5 million dollars.  Gloria Moore told last night’s meeting that a variety of factors will lower the projected budget deficit to approximately $1 million dollars.  But Moore holds out […]

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Your vote counts today!

This is South Carolina primary election day.  For Oconee County, it’s voting in the Republican primary during regular hours—7 until 7.  With one exception, you go to your regular polling place.  Newry-Corinth voters, however, cast ballots today at the Newry Church of God.  Because of a couple of local contests have fields of more than two candidates, there is the […]

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Laura Black recognized as Master Teacher

  A Latin and English teacher at Walhalla High, Laura Black, recently was inducted into the Newberry Hall of Master Teachers. The Hall of Master Teachers recognizes alumni for exemplary dedication and service to the profession. Educators are nominated and then scored on the basis of their professional activities, educational leadership, philosophy, and influence on students and colleagues. Black has […]

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DAR donation to restore historic Clemson property

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has donated $10 thousand to the Clemson University Foundation to restore the front porch at the historical Hopewell Plantation.  The plantation, at Cherry Farm, is the 18th century home of Gen. Andrew Pickens and includes some of the land Pickens received for his service as a brigadier general in the American Revolution. […]

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Water interruption near Walhalla

Walhalla customers in the vicinity of Coffee Road temporarily lost service last night when the utilities superintendent said a small crack developed in a pipe.  “Nothing major,” said Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent.  And there was no need to declare a boil water advisory for affected customers. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Trail for Walhalla hotel leads to Columbia

The trail to renovate an old government building into a Walhalla hotel will take the developers next month to Columbia.  Mayor Danny Edwards says developer Tom Markovich and his partner have a date in July with the commission that governs the state Archives and History Department.  The mayor told a meeting of the Destination Oconee committee on Friday a place […]

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