Public school year begins tomorrow

One day of summer freedom is all that remains for Oconee public school children. Approximately, 10 thousand Oconee children will make their way to the start of class tomorrow—by foot, by car, by bus. Last year’s day one enrollment was 10, 391. Dr. Mike Lucas, county superintendent, expresses excitement for the start of a new year and he believes the […]

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Non-profits may apply

The application process has begun for funds to be made available by next year’s Foothills Gala. Upstate non-profits may apply online or by contacting Cindy Swafford, the executive director. The deadline for applications is October 1 and charities selected will be notified nine days later. Successful charities are to receive money from annual “Diamonds & Denim” fundraiser February 23 at […]

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Westminster car break-ins

The police in Westminster placed a young man in investigative detention as they responded on Friday to at least three car-breaks on Gaston Circle. The police report that items stolen in the break-ins included a camera, a GPS device, coins, a flashlight, a pocket knife, and a pack of cigarettes. Some of the stolen items have been recovered.  

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Three stars for the FFA

Walhalla’s FFA Chapter is now a three-star winner. The National FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, recently selected the Walhalla chapter from a pool of more than 650 candidates nationwide. The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve. As part of the application process, Walhalla FFA showcased an active involvement with the […]

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River adventurers found safe

Three family members were described as cold and hungry, but safe from their overnight ordeal on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. A spokesman for Oconee responders says the three were found yesterday, overdue from their Saturday night river adventure. Concern mounted when the trio were overdue after having set in at the Low Water Bridge S.C. 28 area and […]

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College scholarships

The Oconee County Class of 2012 earned $18.2 million in college scholarships. The number represents two-year scholarship values for technical colleges and two-year schools, and four-year totals for four-year colleges and universities. Since the state began tracking the information, the collective statewide 2012 class was the first group to earn more than $1 billion worth of college scholarships.  

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No restitution paid yet

A year ago this week, a former worker for a consultant company for the Oconee Airport was sent to prison for a year and a day for mail and wire fraud committed while working on the airport runway project. Part of the sentence handed up to G. Martin Wynn required Wynn to make $118 thousand worth of restitution to Oconee […]

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Blackwell speaks with optimism and confidence

The Oconee County jobless rate moved up in July to 10.4%, from the June figure of 10.2%. Unemployment was also on the increase statewide and nationally for the same period. But, in Oconee, there’s optimism that this month’s announcement by the A. I. D. Company is going to put a dent into the jobless rate, by creating 75 jobs. And […]

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Former trooper sentenced

The U-S Attorney has announced that a former state trooper, living in Seneca, will be headed to prison. According to U-S Attorney Bill Nettles, Randy L. Quinn Jr. was ordered yesterday by Judge Michelle Childs to serve three years in prison for possession of child pornography. Quinn is 34 years old. According to the government’s announcement, “Evidence presented at the […]

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Brandt asks, “What’s fair here?”

Chairman Sam Lee of the Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals says the issue of whether the county’s zoning administrator acted properly in rejecting the appeal of a Walhalla church has become so complicated the board needs a finding of fact and consultation with the county attorney. The board took no action last night on the appeal by St. John’s Evangelical […]

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