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Weekend home fire under investigation

August 19, 2014

Investigation continues as to what caused fire Saturday night that destroyed a home near Walhalla. Firemen were called shortly before 11 Saturday night to Laurel Estates on the Highlands Highway where they found flames shooting through the roof of the two-story home. As many as seven people are said to have lived in the home,…

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School District’s top two goals

August 19, 2014

OSD’s top two goals 0700, Tue., 19 August 2014..lrm Above all others, there are two goals which Oconee public schools will pursue. The trustees last week retreated to Lake Jocassee’s Devil’s Fork State Park for a planning meeting. And, at last night’s regular meeting, Dr. Michael Thorsland, the superintendent, said the first goal is to…

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Act 155 qualifies students for diplomas

August 19, 2014

An exit exam no longer a requirement for a high school diploma, Oconee School District has begun to issue diplomas to former students who met all the requirements except that one. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, estimates as many as 200 former students may now qualify for diplomas under South Carolina Act 155. So…

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A smooth day one for the Oconee schools

August 19, 2014

Overall, day one for Oconee public schools went well. In a report to the trustees last night Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, estimated first day attendance fell between 10,100 and 10, 200. The day was not without its normal opening day problems—such as some children left behind at their bus stops. Thorsland says advancements in communication…

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Fair Play woman charged with soliciting prostitution

August 19, 2014

Oconee sheriff’s officers have issued a ticket alleging that a Fair Play woman solicited prostitution. Jongsoon Back, 51 years old, was booked into the Oconee Detention Center yesterday afternoon after, according to the Sheriff’s Office, an undercover agent entered the King’s Spa on Herring Road in Fair Play and was solicited for sexual favors for…

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Liberty man arrested in Oconee County

August 18, 2014

A man became a crime victim even before he was able to move into his new residence near Seneca. While moving into that home last year, someone took household items that he had placed there. Now the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a 29-year old Pickens County man, Timothy Rip Bryant of Liberty,…

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Schools re-open

August 18, 2014

Oconee County opened a new school year this morning.  And, first reports are, no problems.

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Aviation important to Oconee County

August 18, 2014

During National Aviation Week this week, Oconee Economic Alliance draws attention to a pair of successful aero-space industries that call the county home. Oconee is home to Just Aircraft, a light sport aircraft maker near Walhalla, and to RBC AeroStructures, a maker of aero-space control rods in the Oconee Commerce Park. Governor Nikki Haley last…

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Cars collide in Seneca

August 18, 2014

An accident this morning at a Seneca street corner. The police say one of the drivers required a trip to the hospital when two cars collided at E. Main and Lindsay Road. In the 9 o’clock hour accident, the police say, charges are pending against the other driver.

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Joblessness inches its way upward

August 18, 2014

Unemployment in both Oconee County and South Carolina increased in the month of July. The Department of Employment and Workforce report covering the summer month shows the state’s rate rose nearly one-half of a percentage point—from 5.3% in June to 5.7% in July. For Oconee County, the size of the increase was nearly identical—from 6.2%…

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Calendar

  • August 29, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 30, 2014 9:00 amOconee County Friends of the Library Book Sale
  • August 31, 2014 3:00 pmThe Westminster United Methodist Church's Community Singing
  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
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