To avoid a total eclipse of the sun

Oconee school trustees at their regular meeting next week may vote to move up the start of classes next year—to avoid a total eclipse of the sun.  The approved calendar for 2017-18 has classes starting Monday, August 21—the first day that districts are permitted to start school for a new year.  But August 21 is also the date for the […]

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No dash cam video available

The state police say no dash cam video exists of the weekend officer-involved shooting near Westminster.  The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division yesterday announced that it continues its investigation of what happened.  In the aftermath of shots fired at a Brock Road home and later in the middle of the Blackjack Road, an unidentified Oconee deputy has been placed on […]

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Agenda set for Seneca meeting

During tonight’s Seneca City Council meeting, City Administrator Greg Dietterick presents bids for the roof at the recently acquired N. Walnut Street building—formerly Hometown Food Store.  The mayor and council are reserving executive session time tonight for one personnel matter and three pieces of legal and contract matters.  The February meeting of the city council takes place at 6 at […]

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Oconeean to lead three-state law enforcement group

An Oconee sheriff’s officer is the new leader of a three-state group that helps serve as a network for law enforcement in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.  Investigator David Smith was elected in December as president of the Tri-State Law Enforcement Association.  Smith is a 30-year officer who started his career in 1987 as a Seneca policeman.  […]

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Construction underway for new Legion home

Officials on Saturday marked the start of the “rise” for the new home of the Walhalla American Legion.  According to Jerry Dyar, the public information officer, builder and legionnaire Jack Arve is the construction chairman for the project.  Another 124 Post member Mike Baumgarner is lending his grading expertise, and, according to all of the brick masons on hand Saturday, […]

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K-9 possibility for West Union police

A police dog is a possibility for the police department in the small town of West Union.  A K-9 is one of the discussion items for the West Union Town Council meeting at 6 tomorrow night at the Town Hall.  The meeting will be preceded at 5 o’clock by a workshop with representatives of the Oconee Economic Alliance.     […]

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Wounded cops back on duty

  Two police officers are back for duty in Lavonia, Georgia, having recovered from gunshot wounds two months ago while on duty.  For the time being, it’s light duty work for Jeffrey Martin and Michael Schulman.  On Saturday, Martin and Schulman were presented the Purple Heart for bravery, along with other awards and citations.  The two were wounded December 12 […]

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