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UPDATE: Seneca’s “Argo” has been found

July 21, 2015

The drug dog assigned to the Seneca Police Department went missing during the night, having run  from its handler behind the Blue RidgeElementary School.  Just before the noon hour Tuesday, we learned “Argo” has been found. The dog is said to be OK and is heading to the VET for an exam. “Argo” was found,…

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Students honored for their academics and work

July 21, 2015

In four high school students, the OconeeSchool District and the community in general hold hope for a new program that should bode well for transition to the work world.  At last night’s board of trustees meeting, congratulations were extended to Calvin Roach, Cole Lowery, William Lee, and Justin Turner as the first four student apprentices. …

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The schools add administrator, but not an employee

July 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent of Oconee public schools, announced last night a handful of organization changes—including the creation of a new administrative position.  But Thorsland was careful to say, in his report to the board of trustees, that while the job of Director of Early Learning is new, the district is not adding an employee. …

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Revenues add up, projected deficit shrinks

July 21, 2015

The budget deficit with which Oconee public schools close out the past year is likely to be hundreds of thousands of dollars below the projected deficit.  Gloria Moore, chief finance officer for the public schools, told a meeting of the county board of trustees last night that while not all figures are final, it appears…

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Water service to be temporarily shut off

July 21, 2015

City of Westminster will interrupt water service starting at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning affecting customers between Calvary Church of God on Hwy 76 to those across the Chauga River near the river pumps. This should affect fewer than one dozen customers. The water should only be off 2-3 hours while a connection is made on…

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“Destination Oconee” plan to be presented

July 20, 2015

A plan to guide the county in taking advantage of its cultural, natural and historical resources is to be presented tomorrow night to the Oconee County Council with the recommendation the county adopt the plan “Destination Oconee:  Realizing the Future of Oconee County.”  Ken Sloan, executive director of the Mountain Lakes CVB, says everyone interested…

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Serious accident in Poplar Springs

July 20, 2015

The drivers were hurt in this morning’s 6:30 accident in the Poplar Spring Community on Critter Road at the Poplar Springs Road.  The drivers from a car and a small pickup truck were involved in a head-on collision.  One received a helicopter flight to the Anderson hospital.  The second went by ambulance to Oconee Memorial. …

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SC 11 site for Tech’s Oconee campus

July 20, 2015

Announcement this morning of a recommendation to build the first Tri-County Tech Oconee campus on SC 11,  inside the county’s Industry and Technology Park.  The park sits empty, but “pad ready.”  At the location, in tandem, with Tech’s Oconee campus would a new public school care er center for high school students, adult education and…

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A first request for bond denied

July 20, 2015

A judge in Seneca has said no to setting a bond for a 58-year old man suspected in an attack last week of a neighbor. Municipal Judge Danny Singleton’s decision amounts to denial of Zenen Alvarez’s first request to set a bond, in hopes that he may be freed from jail until he is due…

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Streetscape starts another work week

July 20, 2015

New water service work continues today at the Walhalla Streetscape Main Street section between SouthCollege and Catherine streets.  On that block they’ll be grading for re-construction.  Meantime, on the block from Tugaloo to College actual installation of bases for the new light poles is planned today.  Hutch ‘N Son predicts reconstruction on that block begins…

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Calendar

  • July 31, 2015 5:00 pmChristmas in July to support Heath's Haven
  • July 31, 2015 7:00 pmConservation Theory in Concert
  • July 31, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • August 2, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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