Oconee ladies to compete for title

Twenty Oconee ladies compete this weekend for the title of the 2012 Miss Oktoberfest and the chance to wear the tiara during next month’s official celebration of Walhalla’s Germanic roots. The pageant, at 7 Saturday night at Walhalla High School, is open to all young ladies attending high school in Oconee. Contestants will compete in interview, casual wear, and formal […]

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SHS Band stands out in competition

At this year’s Pride of Pendleton Classic, the Seneca High Band took first place in Division 1-A and 8th overall in a field of 19 bands in levels 1-A through 4-A. The band was led by Matt Smith, band director; Samantha Mumford, Seneca Middle School band director; Fritz Wewers, percussion instructor; and Christin Sharp, color guard director.

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Body ID’d

A body found last weekend in Rabun County, Georgia has been identified as a Kennesaw, Georgia man. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Division of Forensic Science confirmed that the body found on Saturday, September 15th off the Bartram Trail in the Darnell Creek area is Richard Arnold Masters of Kennesaw, Georgia.Sheriff Frank Andrews gave the few available details surrounding Master’s […]

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Bacon shortage expected worldwide

Might want to get your fill of ham this year, because “a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable,” according to an industry trade group. Blame the drought conditions that blazed through the corn and soybean crop this year. Less feed led to herds declining across the European Union “at a significant rate,” according to the […]

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Child abduction emergency

A child abduction emergency was reported early this morning by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The state police are looking for a 12-year old girl believed to have been abducted in Newport, North Carolina—the eastern part of the Tarheel State. Abigale Faith Lefevers, white female, weighs 90 pounds, five-feet-four, green eyes, and shoulder-length brown hair. Clothing description not available. […]

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OMC projects the year ahead

“A very difficult year for us” is how Jeanne Ward, president/CEO of Oconee Medical Center, described the current year. Last night Ward began the presentation last night of a new budget for a new fiscal year. For the hospital year that officially begins next week, the budget writers project net revenues at $144 million and expenses of $142.4 million. To […]

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Congressman visits Walhalla

Congressman Jeff Duncan was full of numbers and statistics during an appearance today in Walhalla. The amounts in spending and debt, in the trillions, may have made it difficult for the Rotary Club members to digest their meal. Earlier in his talk, Republican Duncan acknowledged media reports that when it comes to getting things done, his Congress has a poor […]

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9/24 Top Political Headlines

*From NBC News First Read: Battleground Ohio.  On Sunday, the University of Cincinnati poll became the latest survey to show Mitt Romney trailing in the Buckeye State — and perhaps more importantly, President Obama hitting 50% or more there.  According to the poll, Obama leads Romney by five points among likely voters in the state, 51%-46%.  No Republican has ever won […]

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SAT scores slip

2012 SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores are being released statewide for graduating high school seniors. They are down a little this year. Oconee’s graduating seniors mirrored the trend. The mean score performance in the Oconee district, however, exceeded state performance in critical reading, math and composite, according to an announcement by the county’s public schools. In a listing of the […]

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