County staff training day

For most of one day next week, Oconee County office staff will engage in a training session, which means that the county administrative offices on Walhalla’s S. Pine Street will be closed for much of the work day on Wednesday, April 26.  No public access will be granted to the building from 8:30 am to 2 pm.  The County Administrative […]

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Shooting threat at West-Oak High leads to student’s arrest

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office confirmed the arrest this afternoon of a student accused of threatening a “Columbine style shooting” at West-Oak High School.  Amy McKenzie Faust, 18-year old Seneca resident, was arrested yesterday on the charge of disturbing school March 28.  An affidavit to an arrest warrant, signed by Magistrate Blake Norton, reads, “The defendant did on 3-28-17 willfully and […]

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Partnership: The “Y” and the public schools

A vote this week by the Oconee school board made official a partnership between the public schools and the organization that is raising money to build the county’s first YMCA.  The board approved a $3 million commitment, to be payable over a 20-year period.  Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, explained the district’s interest is to have access to an indoor swimming […]

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Seized vehicles to be sold

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw will auction to the highest bidder drug seized vehicles and equipment.  The auction Saturday, April 29 will take place at the county Vehicle Maintenance Facility on Wells Highway, Seneca from 9am until all everything is sold. The vehicles and equipment were seized by the Sheriff’s Office during drug investigations.  All vehicles and equipment have been searched to […]

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1st graders perform anti-litter skits

In advance of “The Great Oconee Cleanup,” first graders in Westminster are raising awareness about the problem of litter, with the hope that everyone will do their part to keep the county’s roadsides clean.  Students from Mrs. Nelson’s 1st grade class at Orchard Park Elementary School performed four skits at the start of last night’s city council meeting.    

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“Energy Saver” program headed to Walhalla

More than 1,100 Duke Energy customers in Walhalla will be asked next month to participate in a voluntary energy saver program designed to conserve energy and lower the electric power bills of Walhallans.  The program will be available at no cost to Duke’s Walhalla customers.  Crews of Duke representatives will fan out across the city’s service territory and target homes […]

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Special source credits ahead for developer

Oconee County will welcome a developer and his plans to build a housing development designed for college students at the eastern end of the county near the Clemson campus.  County Council approved on first reading an ordinance and passed a resolution last night for a fee-in-place-of tax agreement and special source credits for the developer who has yet to be […]

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Adding agriculture zoning districts dead for now

The creation of a pair of zoning districts designed to protect farm land failed during last night’s meeting of the Oconee County Council.  Edda Cammick, the chairwoman, joined the side of Glenn Hart and Wayne McCall to make for a one-vote margin.  In the 3 to 2 vote, Paul Cain and Julian Davis voted in favor.  The agriculture zoning districts […]

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