Oconee expansion OK’d for NEXT High School

NEXT High School has cleared a new hurdle to expand to serve students at the soon-to-be-closed Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School.  The board of the South Carolina Public Charter School District on Monday conditionally approved the needed amendment to NEXT’s charter.  The board of trustees for NEXT has set a goal of 215 enrolled students by the start of the school.  Zach […]

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Town Hall workers now permanent

West Union’s two Town Hall office workers have completed their 90-day probationary periods, and town leaders have elevated them to permanent status.  The action was taken after an executive session last night.  Mayor Linda Oliver said the employees are full-time worker Jackie Kelley and part-time employee Arabia Lydick.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Scott talks about the fight against poverty

A South Carolina U-S senator is talking about a new track toward fighting poverty.  At a Washington hearing, Republican Tim Scott touted his Investing in Opportunity Act.  Scott is a co-supporter of a bill that creates a new model for unlocking private investment in economically distressed communities in every state. It offers a temporary capital gains deferral in exchange for […]

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Solicitor candidates’ forum at Keowee Key

The three men who’ve set their hopes on winning office as the area’s chief criminal prosecutor are being invited to campaign next month in Keowee Key—in the week leading up to the Republican primary vote.  Chuck Rau has announced that the Stamp Creek GOP precinct will welcome candidates Wilson Burr, Rame Campbell, and David Wagner to a forum that will […]

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Harold Williams

West Union – Harold Lee Williams, Sr., 76, husband of Deborah Dodgins Williams, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Earle’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors.  The family will receive friends […]

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Hazel Clay

Westminster – Hazel Lecy Clay, 69, of 233 N. Seed Farm Road, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at her residence. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Rock Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Rock Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at […]

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Syble McQueen

Seneca – Syble Jones McQueen, 87, widow of the late Wilton Ray McQueen, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Peregrine’s Landing, Norcross, GA.   A funeral service will be held 4 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm, prior to […]

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“No progress” reported at Westminster

After a second private meeting this week to consider candidates, the Westminster mayor reports “no progress at this time” in finding his city’s next administrator.  Mayor Brian Ramey says there will be another meeting tomorrow to narrow the field of those applicants who will be asked to make in-person interviews.  Earlier the mayor and council had resorted to the video […]

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Ken Nix to leave office June 30

Ken Nix, Oconee County auditor the last seven years, announced yesterday he will leave office June 30—a year short of his full term which was to have expired June 30, 2017.  Nix says he is now at full retirement age and looks forward to spending time with his family and doing things he’s never had the time for.  He believes […]

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