No takers during Seneca hearing

Big numbers reflected Seneca’s various budgets during a hearing last night at City Hall.  After there were no takers from the audience to address the city leaders, Mayor Dan Alexander entertained a motion to amend the city’s general budget to reflect a higher tax rate of 59.33 mills.  After the general budget received final approval, the council approved a $29.2 […]

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Terms of superintendent’s new deal

  In the next year the Oconee superintendent of education will see his base salary exceed $140 thousand dollars.  The school district said, by action of the county trustees on Monday night, the annual salary of Dr. Michael Thorsland will be $141,831.  After reviewing the quality of the superintendent’s work over the last 12 months, the trustees also decided to […]

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Administrator revises project funding statement

  An Oconee School District administrator has new information on what’s going to be required for design work in the Workforce Development Center planned for the county’s Information and Technology Park on highway 11.  Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for education, had told county trustees Monday that a decision by the county against building an economic development office in the complex […]

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Public hearing speakers have taxes on their minds

County Council winner Wayne McCall believes the issue of taxes helped return him to office for a new four year term.  During last night’s budget hearing, McCall and the council heard two men talk about taxes.  One man, former county councilman Steven Moore, called for the county to lower taxes.  The other, former councilman Paul Corbeil, said the county government’s accomplishments […]

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Appeals sounded for higher law enforcement spending

Oconee County Council heard appeals last night for higher spending to help the cops and the judges keep the bad guys off the streets.  The occasion was the annual hearing on the new Oconee County budgets.  Chief Magistrate Todd Simmons complained that he and his colleagues are constrained by the lack of a database of information that gives a true […]

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Incumbent loses bid for re-election

One incumbent coasted to re-election.  A second incumbent saw his re-election hopes dashed.  Those are highlights from primary election in Oconee County.  Wayne McCall of District Two dispatched his opponent, Jared Ketterman, with a tally of nearly 72.5%, to Ketterman’s 27.5%.  Julian Davis III topped a three-man field for Seat Four County Council, with Davis taking 62.68%; incumbent Joel Thrift, […]

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Carolyn Fitzgerald Blackwell

Walhalla, SC— Carolyn Fitzgerald Blackwell, 71, wife of Morris C. Blackwell for 53 years, of 219 Wagner Circle, Walhalla, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at Cannon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Davenport Funeral Home chapel, with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive […]

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Barbara Ellen Hicks Sechrist

  Mountain Rest, SC— Barbara Ellen Hicks Sechrist, 85, wife of the late Leonard Gene Sechrist, of 151 Chauga Hill Road, Mountain Rest, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at her home. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sechrist was preceded in death by her son: Leonard Brent Sechrist; and sisters: Faye Baumgarner and Dell Nora Hicks. Funeral […]

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An election night to remember!

New faces emerge in the winner’s column is not the only reason that GOP primary night will be one for the books in Oconee County.  A widespread power outage in the upper parts of the county that took 101.7/WGOG off the air is another reason.  So is what’s believed to be the poorest voter turnout in modern Oconee times.  Only […]

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Oconeean Ritter a faithful blood donor

Governor Nikki R. Haley has proclaimed June as Blood Donor Appreciation Month and June 14, 2016, as World Blood Donor Day in South Carolina, as The Blood Connection joins other organizations in the US and around the world to celebrate people who save lives. “We want our blood donors to feel as special they are, for saving lives every day […]

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