End-of-course test quandary

The Oconee superintendent of education has been blogging about it, and last night there was a full discussion by the board of trustees about the fairness of an end-of-course test that weighs on whether a student will graduate. Dr. Michael Lucas, county superintendent, has asked the question, “Could you pass the end-of-course exam in U-S history?

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Breaking new ground

City of Seneca invites everyone to the re-scheduled groundbreaking ceremony of the new Hampton Inn and Suites. It’ll take place at the E. N. 1st Street site, starting at 5 this afternoon. Immediately afterward, city council will move to City Hall for its 6 o’clock regular October meeting.

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First, a word with the pastors

Before the Oconee School District makes any change to its policy of no prayer at the start of board meetings, school leaders are going to discuss the matter with their ecumenical council. The meeting is planned next week. Invocation at school board meetings was an agenda item for last night’s work session of the board, but there was discussion only. […]

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OSB receives report on new high school

Oconee school administrators say, so far, the project to build the new Walhalla High School has seen a couple of change orders amounting to about $200 thousand. Those change orders apply to the grading and site preparation. Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Dr. Michael Thorsland, says it’s still too early for the district to receive its overall guaranteed maximum price from […]

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Victim flown to burn center

A man found on the driveway outside a home fire near Walhalla was flown to the regional burn center at Augusta, Georgia. Neither the man’s condition, nor his identity, was made available last night to 96.3/WGOG NEWS. Captain Mark Hollifield of the Walhalla Fire Department discovered the burn victim in front of a single-wide mobile home on Tammy Lane, near […]

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Calorie-counting vending machines to go national

As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that display just how many calories are in their drinks. The machines will let customers see the calorie counts for drinks before making a purchase. They will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before rolling out nationally. The American […]

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Home fire near Walhalla

96.3/WGOG NEWS has learned that a medical helicopter, with patient aboard, has lifted off from near a Walhalla area fire scene. The fire is reported to be a home fire, off the White Cut Road, north of the city limit. No other details immediately available.

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Give your input today

  If you have a question or a comment about the possibility of passenger bus service beyond Seneca, your opinion or question will count this afternoon at Keowee. At the Keowee Key Country Club, at 3 this afternoon, Ernie Boughman is hosting a public meeting and would like to hear from you. Boughman is updating the county’s four-year old study. […]

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Flu shots again tomorrow

There’s a flu shot availability again tomorrow in Seneca, courtesy of the public health department The vaccine is to be administered 1 to 4:30 p-m at the Seneca Health Department, 609 N. Townville Street, by appointment only. For an appointment, call 882-2245.

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OSD wins national recognition

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Department and its K-9 unit have received a national recognition. Members of the sheriff’s Office Pro Active Criminal Enforcement Team were recognized late last month by the American Police Canine Association in Vincennes, Indiana. The association president, Michael Johnson, presented the award during a banquet that followed a weeklong k9 training session. The award represents an […]

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