County Council passes school budget on first reading

Any debate the Oconee County Council has on any additional funding for the Oconee School District will wait until its May 7 meeting. The Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the School Board’s tentative budget on a first reading, but according to school officials the budget they’ll ask the Council to approve might change. The School Board on Monday unanimously […]

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Tetsimony finishes in one-day trial

All testimony has been completed in a trial in which a young Walhalla area resident is accused of having distributed methamphetamine to an informant working on behalf of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. It’s the case of South Carolina v. Bowdy Crowe-Key. From the prosecution side, the case included a video and the testimonies of the informant and a laboratory chemical […]

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Crack cocaine offender headed to prison

A 51-year old Seneca man is headed to prison for 12 years for distributing crack cocaine. Deputy Solicitor Lindsey Simmons says the sentence handed down this morning to Michael Bernard Christian, also known as Qwai Aziz Kabir, amounts to 12 years without the chance for parole. Simmons says the defendant pleaded guilty this morning in the Oconee General Sessions Court. […]

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AT&T’s South Carolina president to address graduates

Jane S. Sosebee, state President, AT&T South Carolina, will deliver Tri-County Technical College’s spring commencement address. The ceremony will be held Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at Clemson University’s Littlejohn Coliseum. Graduates will be awarded degrees, diplomas and/or certificates during the College’s commencement. In addition to families and guests of the graduates, alumni and other friends of the College […]

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New camp opens Saturday at Pickens County state park

Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will formally open the new Camp Cedar Creek at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at the Keowee-Toxaway State Park in Pickens County. Leading the event will be state PRT Director Duane Parish and Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke’s South Carolina president. Camp Cedar Creek is a new recreation facility developed as […]

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2020-21 school calendar remains work in progress

Oconee school leaders are going to take additional time to gauge public feedback before voting on whether to make a major change in their calendar for the school year 2020-21. The calendar for 2019-20 has already been decided, but there’s a debate going on as to whether the district should try to divert from the state mandate that the school […]

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School Board to seek an additional tax mill

Oconee school trustees exercised an available option last night, but it might not please the county’s governing board—the Oconee County Council. On a motion by Buddy Herring, the board unanimously voted to request one additional tax mill from the county council for the new school year that will start July 1. District officials had been contemplating a new budget that […]

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Flash flood damages sewer pump station

The Joint Regional Sewer Authority is at work to repair a wastewater pump station damaged by a flash flood that occurred Friday at Coneross Creek. The creek level rose 12 feet in four hours, submerging the station at the wastewater treatment plant and causing a sewer overflow that continues to flow into the creek. Greenstone Construction has been hired to […]

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Back to jail for murder defendant

An Oconee judge refused to set bond today for an Oconee man accused of murdering his grandmother by shooting her at a home in Seneca. Decota Castle Brown, one of two men arrested in the death March 7 of Geraldine Castle, appeared in front of General Sessions Judge Cordell Maddox, but the judge decided that, at least for now, he’s […]

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