Overall Thorsland performance regarded “excellent”

In all eight categories measured, according to the trustees’ chairman, the work done by the Oconee district superintendent of education is exemplary or satisfactory.  And Chairman Andy Inabinet said he and the trustees agreed last night to award Dr. Michael Thorsland a three percent pay raise and an extra year on his contract.  The budget that received final trustees’ approval […]

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Power bill relief envisioned in Westminster

  At a Westminster meeting, a couple of figures were tossed around as to how much relief certain retail electric customers can expect for their participation in a voluntary “smart meter” program.  This morning Mayor Brian Ramey predicted his city will stick with a 5% break on the bill of the smart meter customer.  Last night the mayor and council […]

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Emergency food and shelter money

Funds through “FEMA”—the Federal Emergency Management Agency—will help Oconeeans who qualify pay for emergency food and shelter.  Oconee County’s share in the amount of $35,485 is to be distributed by the United Way.  The United Way invites interested social service agencies to apply for funds by contacting Kimberly Ellis at 882-9743 ext. 106 no later than noon Friday, June 24. […]

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Hanvey determines the numbers don’t add up

  An Oconee School District administrator says a decision by the county to cut out an economic development office at the planned Workforce Development Center has prompted new language in a memorandum of understanding among the parties involved.  And Steve Hanvey indicates a juggling of project design cost numbers will be required.  County Administrator Scott Moulder recently told the county […]

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Ideas aplenty for former Oakway school

  Ideas are many for the future for a complex of school buildings and property in Oakway no longer needed by the Oconee School District.  During the public comment part of the county trustees’ meeting, Tony Adams mentioned several possible uses for the property, some of which could address needs in the Oakway and southern Oconee County area.  Adams commended […]

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County budget hearings tonight

Oconee County plans public hearings tonight on three budget ordinances, covering county spending, education spending, and the Keowee Fire special tax districts.  The hearings start at 6 o’clock tonight and take place at an alternate meeting location:  the conference room at the school district administrative offices across Pine Street from the county administrative complex. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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School District banks on increased value of a tax mill

The finance director for Oconee public schools gave the county trustees revised budget numbers as they approached a final vote last night on a budget which projects 2016-17 spending at nearly $93.5 million dollars.  Gloria Moore told last night’s meeting that a variety of factors will lower the projected budget deficit to approximately $1 million dollars.  But Moore holds out […]

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Your vote counts today!

This is South Carolina primary election day.  For Oconee County, it’s voting in the Republican primary during regular hours—7 until 7.  With one exception, you go to your regular polling place.  Newry-Corinth voters, however, cast ballots today at the Newry Church of God.  Because of a couple of local contests have fields of more than two candidates, there is the […]

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