Pruitt to disclose his compensation

Terry Pruitt says he’ll disclose tonight his salary covering the last 10 years as general manager of Pioneer Rural Water District.  Pruitt says he is responding to a Daily Journal Freedom of Information request.  The occasion tonight is the annual meeting of Pioneer Rural Water District where Pruitt says, besides his pay record, he will go on record to justify […]

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Amateur astronomer re-schedules Walhalla talk

An amateur astronomer in Seneca, Dennis Barnes, has announced a change in date for when he speaks at a Walhalla church about this summer’s total eclipse of the sun.  Originally, Dennis Barnes planned to make a presentation June 28 at College Street Baptist Church.  Because of a conflict with choir rehearsal for this year’s “God and Country Celebration,” Barnes will […]

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Ex-NASA scientist draws big crowd!

A large crowd was seated in the Duke World of Energy auditorium for Myles Standish’s presentation on what’s ahead August 21.  Standish is a former NASA scientist living in Oconee County who has experienced two total eclipses of the sun.  “It’s fascinating.  If you have a nice, clear sky, it really is kind of awe inspiring.  All of sudden daylight […]

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Arrest at Lake Keowee headed for court trial

High on the trial docket for next week’s term of Oconee General Sessions Court are multiple charges against a Pickens County man arrested last summer after alleged incidents at Lake Keowee.  The office of the 10th Circuit Solicitor has placed its case against Frederick Sloan Parrington of Liberty in second position for trial during court week—Monday, June 19 thru Friday, […]

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Trustees award their superintendent

Andy Inabinet, chairman of Oconee School Board, made the following announcement last night:  “The board is very pleased with Dr. Thorsland’s leadership and the direction he is carrying the district. He rated exemplary or proficient on all 8 evaluation indicators. The board will extend his contract 1 year and grant a 3% increase in compensation.”  That 3% increase will be […]

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Seneca to trot out its 2017-18 budgets

Seneca will be ready later this month to place its new budget plans before the public for comments and questions.  Spending projected over the next year is calculated at $42 million dollars in the six separate budgets that make up city government.  Seneca’s annual budget hearing takes place at 6 o’clock Tuesday night, June 27 at City Hall.  After the […]

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Foul-tasting water re-surfaces at Clemson

Once again, there’s a significant algae bloom increase in Lake Hartwell, and it’s affecting the taste of water distributed by the city of Clemson.  The city attributes this development within the last seven days to the increase in lake temperatures and the significant rainfall of May.  The Anderson Regional Joint Water System has conducted laboratory tests on the lake water.  […]

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Three mental health counselors resign

Three mental health counselors for the Oconee School District have quit their jobs—leaving the district with openings before the start of the new year in August.  Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, announced the resignations during this afternoon’s annual planning session of the county trustees.  No reasons were given during the discussion.  Thorsland said the plan is to ask the state Department […]

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Trustees learn of late budget “surplus”

Only hours before they will be asked to take a final vote on their new budget, Oconee school trustees were told this afternoon that changes made in Columbia will mean an extra $885 thousand dollars in 2017-18.  Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, called the additional money a surplus.  And trustees, during their planning meeting this afternoon, discussed how to incorporate that […]

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