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Moulder not reluctant to wield the ax

April 30, 2014

“It was like Christmas time around here.” That remark by Scott Moulder was used by the Oconee County administrator to describe a wide-eyed anticipation with which county department heads approached their individual budget requests for a new year. Moulder told the County Council that he counted total requests above $50 million. Some of those requests…

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State aid for public schools likened to “shell game”

April 30, 2014

After a presentation last night, Oconee County councilmen have in hand the official request for funding the local public schools for a new year beginning July 1. In all, the county public schools are banking on $92 million—an increase of $2.8 million. As for state aid for the local schools, interim superintendent Michael Thorsland said…

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Bon Voyage time for Dr. Lucas

April 30, 2014

The official presentation of a new education budget gave Dr. Mike Lucas, the retiring Oconee superintendent of education, a chance last night to thank the Oconee County Council. Lucas looks back on his time as county superintendent with fondness and satisfaction and gave a hint as to what he looks forward after a career in…

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School District personnel moves

April 30, 2014

Personnel changes within Oconee public schools. After an executive session, Chairman Andy Inabinet of the board of trustees said the board approved a letter of agreement that provides Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations, will serve as interim superintendent “at the will of the board until the board decides to make a permanent position…

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UPDATE: Seneca vote probe

April 29, 2014

The state police have no timetable as to when they will finish their investigation of a complaint that four people illegally cast ballots in last month’s Seneca election. But once the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division finishes, a report will be sent to the 10th Circuit office of Solicitor Chrissy Adams. SLED spokesman Thom Berry…

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Tree on a line takes out city’s power

April 29, 2014

Something seemingly as minor as a tree down on a power line created work for power crews and a great deal of annoyance last night for Walhalla customers of Duke Energy. Last night’s outage started at 9:30 and lasted until 5 this morning. The origin for the outage was a tree on a line on…

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Be preared for severe weather!

April 29, 2014

The storm system that began in the central U-S and since hit hard in both Arkansas and Alabama could tonight move into the Carolinas. And that’s why the South Carolina Insurance News Service says it pays to follow safety and loss tips—including keep your family inside and, if a tornado threatens, move to a room…

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Motorcyle mishap at Keowee Key

April 29, 2014

Wet roads in Keowee Key this morning apparently contributed to a motorcycle accident. On Port Track Drive, a motorcyclist lost control and he and the bike wound up in a ditch. His injuries—cuts and scapes—could have been a lot worse, in the estimation of Chief Richie Caudill of the Keowee Fire Department.

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Broadband project progress

April 29, 2014

Oconee County announces a partnership between Oconee FOCUS and one-half dozen ISPs—Internet Service Providers. The six providers are authorized to offer internet services to residents and businesses across Oconee County. They are Net Drs., M2P Net, Technology Solutions, Family View Cablevision, OneTone Telecom, and Golden Corner Internet Services. According to the county, negotiations continue with…

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Singletons displaced by home fire

April 29, 2014

Janice and retired Oconee Sheriff James Singleton have been displaced from their home near Seneca by a fire early last night that apparently had its origins with a yard bush set afire with gasoline to exterminate bees. The bush fire was extinguished, but it apparently re-ignited causing heavy damage to the Singletons’ double-wide mobile home…

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Calendar

  • September 16, 2014 7:00 pmLeague of Women Voters of the Clemson Area
  • September 20, 2014John W. Gibson Reunion
  • September 20, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 20, 2014 6:00 amCommunity Yard Sale Fundraiser
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