In school zone, refrain from cell phone

Day one of any public school year can be hectic and emotional.  Oconee schools start a new year on Monday morning, and here are some tips to stay safe and make the adjustment as smooth as possible. ·      If you are traveling in a motor vehicle on a two lane road, you are required to come to a complete stop […]

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At Clemson, more students and more housing

With classes to start next week, Clemson University has yet to project student enrollment for a new academic year.  But there is concern on the part of Clemson city officials.  The city’s planning commission will convene a workshop Monday, August 22—in part to talk about a possible increase in student enrollment and a correlated increase in student housing.  There has […]

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Arrest made in home burglary near Lake Hartwell

Justin Andrew Serva

An Anderson County man has been arrested and charged with home burglary across the county line in Oconee County.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office this afternoon announced burglary and larceny charges against Justin Andrew Serva (right).  The 34-year old Serva is accused in May of taking household items worth $13,300 from a home on Lake Point Road, Fair Play.  Among the […]

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Georgia man charged with crime in rural Oconee

Copeland Lee Vaughn

  A Lavonia, Georgia man is accused of victimizing a Toccoa, Georgia man on a rural road in the Westminster area of Oconee County.  Law enforcement records show Copeland Lee Vaughn (left) was arrested and charged with carjacking on the Rich Mountain Road.  Sgt. Kevin Cain of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office signed an arrest affidavit that alleges the 22-year old […]

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School trustee field set for November

When Oconeeans mark their ballot for President in November, they can also choose members of their five-seat board of school trustees.  The candidate field is now set for the General Election.  Qualifying for Seats 2, 4 and 5 ended today.  There are contests for two of the seats.  Joe Rukat and Steven Moore will compete for Seat 2.  Incumbent Denise […]

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Small tax increase approved in West Union

  An approximate one-half of a tax mill is being added to the West Union property tax rate.  The town council this week voted to raise the tax by .51% of one mill.  The vote went 4-0 with one council member absent, Kelly Weiser.  Mayor Linda Oliver is hopeful that the increased tax mill rate will create revenue for a […]

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Consent orders before DHEC board

Two area public entities have been named by state health authorities for violating effluent regulations.  In one instance, it involves pollutant discharge.  In the other, effluent limits.  Among consent orders in front of the board of the Department of Health and Environmental Control today are consent orders between DHEC staff and the City of Clemson and the state Department of […]

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Introducing multi-language instruction

Government leaders, business, and educators are endorsing what’s to be a new profile of a South Carolina graduate.  There have been discussions within the Oconee public schools how to adapt to what Governor Haley, the chambers of commerce, and others want to see in future graduates.  And one way to prepare Oconee students for the world is to equip them […]

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Seneca FFA students to compete in national convention


At this fall’s 89th National FFA convention in Indiana, seven Seneca students will compete in an agri-science fair.  Looking forward to the science and technology competition in agriculture are (Left to Right in picture) Madison Towe, Bailey Worley, Caroline Crowe, Grace Powell, Trey Hawk, Alexis Le, and Riley Hard.  At the SC State Agri-science Fair in June, the Seneca FFA […]

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