Public schools hold open enrollment period

Oconee School District has moved this year’s open enrollment deadline until June 1. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, is reminding students and parents that the June 1 date is fast approaching to apply to attend a school outside a student’s assigned attendance area. Three standards must be met for the district to approve a request.

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Tara Williams pursued degree after layoff

For a young, single mother, a job layoff two years ago turned out to be the thing to inspire her to further education. Tara Williams graduates Friday with a 4.0 from Tri-County Technical College. Just as important to her, however, are the independence and financial stability that she has also acquired. Williams took advantage of her status as a dislocated […]

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May is ALS Awareness Month in South Carolina

All South Carolinians are urged to work together this month to raise awareness of a devastating disease. May is Amyoptrohic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in the state, and tomorrow Governor Haley will host a reading of a proclamation. ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The Muscular […]

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Libraries closed today and tomorrow

Oconee public libraries are closed today and tomorrow. They are closed today for Confederate Memorial Day—a county and state holiday. The libraries remain closed through tomorrow, a day for staff training. They reopen at regular time Wednesday. As always, the book-drops remain open and you can conduct other library business through the website, www.oconeelibrary.org.

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South Carolina Business Court convenes in Oconee

Oconee’s 4th floor courtroom at the county courthouse was used Friday for a session of the one-year old South Carolina Business Court. Several out of county attorneys made the trip to Walhalla to argue a case assigned to 10th Circuit Judge Lawton McIntosh. Motions were heard in a lawsuit, which originated in Beaufort County and challenges the use by banks […]

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Teacher Forum scholars announced

Four members of Oconee’s 2015 graduating class are being awarded $2 thousand scholarships through the Oconee Teacher Forum. The scholarships go to the following seniors who plan to attend a four-year college and major in education: Sierra Nicholson of Seneca High School, Emily Nicole Griffin of West-Oak High School, and Bennett Carpenter and Haley Keaton-Wilbanks of Walhalla High School. The […]

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Officers on the road, as usual, on Monday!

Oconee County regular offices are closed Monday to observe Confederate Memorial Day. But it’s no holiday for the men and women who keep the peace. One media report, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says, erroneously gave the impression that his office would completely shut down. In reality, the administrative offices housing the office staff, are closed for the holiday, but officers, as […]

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Electric power outage scheduled for three hours

Seneca Light and Water is alerting a large swath of its electric power customers to an outage that is scheduled to last three hours and take place beginning midnight Sunday. According to Bob Faires, utilities director, the outage is planned for a period when most people are asleep and is required for maintenance work at the city’s #2 substation on […]

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Charles Beamon Stancil

Charles Beamon Stancil, 81, of 185 Charlie B. Farm Road, Seneca died Wednesday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  He was the widower of Billie Ray Stancil.  Stancil was a self-employed farmer who was also known for presenting music events for young people, such as the years he and his wife ran the Chicken Shack dance club in Seneca and the outdoor […]

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