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School leaders talk budget with county officials

February 10, 2015

Apparently some ground work has been laid between Oconee County leaders and the school district as to the size of the next budget for the public schools. Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, announced last night that district officials have held “informal meetings” with some members of the new Oconee County Council that took office January…

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$2.3 million in cuts outlined

February 10, 2015

In the final months of another government year, Oconee public school officials are immersed in numbers—the financial kind and specifically how they mesh with the district’s goal to eventually balance their budget. By 2016-17, the goal is to even expenses with revenues. But, during a work session last night, trustees focused on the upcoming 2015-16…

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Harold Welborn honored for his American Legion work

February 9, 2015

Harold Welborn, commander of the Walhalla American Legion Post 124, has been recognized for the vital role he fills in post duties. At the Christmas dinner, Welborn received the Post Meritorious Service Award for his vital role. Post 124 holds regular monthly/dinner meetings at 6 o’clock on the second Monday of the month. All veterans…

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Dalton to speak at business forum

February 9, 2015

Charles Dalton, president/CEO of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, will make the featured talk at the business forum this week of the Oconee Economic Alliance. Dalton will speak on how Blue Ridge remains a competitive, quality provider of energy while adapting to the challenges of a changing world. The forum takes place at 8 o’clock…

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A first, partial payment

February 9, 2015

Those who were left holding the bag when a Seneca-based health insurer became insolvent can expect to receive what’s called an initial, partial payment by the end of February, though it’s liable to amount to no more than pennies on the dollar. The court-appointed deputy receiver for South Carolina Health Cooperative, Michael FitzGibbons of Scottsdale,…

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Four road projects in Oconee County

February 9, 2015

A road contractor is announcing the start of four projects in Oconee County, and the public’s patience is being requested so that it will able to make the road improvements. Work is scheduled by King Asphalt of Liberty on the following roads and highways: 183, from 76 to 28; on the Blackjack Road, from highway…

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No official word–yet!

February 9, 2015

There is still no official update on what remains the most frequently asked question we get here at 96.3/WGOG NEWS. And, that is, will Oconee County be chosen as the location for a new venture by the Michelin North America Company? Here’s the latest this morning from Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance: “…

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Two building inspectors to be added

February 9, 2015

Oconee County to add building inspectors. David Stokes, the county’s building official, says his office will be hiring two additional inspectors.

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Mountain Rest fire

February 9, 2015

Fire fighters responded yesterday morning to a house fire on Chauga Hill Road, in the vicinity of the Highlands Highway, at Mountain Rest.  In all, about 25 fire fighters from as many as four stations responded.  The first to arrive found a home engulfed by flames.  County Fire Chief Charlie King says, “The cause of…

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Heritage Center worker receives employee award

February 9, 2015

Jennifer Moss, assistant curator at the Oconee Heritage Center, has been named 2014 Pendleton District Hospitality Employee of the Year. Moss will represent Oconee County and the Pendleton District at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel in Myrtle Beach. She has also been nominated for the award of state Hospitality Employee of the Year.

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  • May 2, 2015 8:00 amPancakes for Princess Raelyn
  • May 2, 2015 9:00 amWidowed Persons Moving Foward meeting
  • May 3, 2015Seneca HS Choral Concert
  • May 3, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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