Jennifer Dodd “engineers” the tracking page

The public information officer for the Oconee public schools is doing exactly what a PIO should do, in the estimation of her boss.  Dr. Michael Thorsland, district superintendent, bragged last night on how clear a picture that Jennifer Dodd is showing of the true impact of the COVID-19 virus within the county public schools.  You simply have to go to […]

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Education boss detects case drop

As much as anyone, Michael Thorsland watches the case numbers reported by the state health agency.  Last night the Oconee superintendent told the county trustees that, in recent days, he sees a downward trend in the daily number of COVID-19 cases recorded by the state DHEC.  It gives him hope that if a trend such as this continues, Oconee will […]

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“Masks are not a silver bullet”–says Thorsland

Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, expressed pride tonight that, in his view, the Oconee County public schools have since the arrival of COVID-19 been able to educate their students “as close to normal” as any other school district.  At tonight’s meeting, the superintendent referred to the combination of in-class and virtual learning conducted during the last few months of last year […]

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Muddy water pours thru intersection

Utility crews in Seneca were attempting late this morning to determine the source of water that poured through the Bountyland traffic intersection.  Bob Faires, utilities director, said the immediate suspicion was a broken water line at or in the vicinity of nearby apartment units on SC 188.  The pouring water quickly turned to muddy water, an unusual spectacle considering today was […]

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Gas prices dip–slightly

With fall approaching and the height of summer in our rearview, motorists in the Carolinas are starting to see slight relief at the pump as gas price averages dropped lower by a penny on the week. “Even though supply has tightened after slow recovery from Hurricane Ida, we’ve also reached the point when gasoline demand starts its seasonal decline,” said […]

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Monday’s Covid-19 Report from DHEC

The numbers reported today by South Carolina DHEC reflect the case count on Saturday.  Across the state, there were 3,474 new COVID-19 cases (93 in Oconee County).  New deaths recorded statewide:  45.  None in Oconee County, but six in Pickens County. Of 49,119 test results received, the positivity was 10.1%.

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“Usher Syndrome Awareness” to be observed

Mayor Dan Alexander of Seneca affixed his John Hancock to a proclamation to create awareness and recognize an observance of a relatively rare genetic disorder, Usher syndrome.  It is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation in any one of at least 11 genes that results in a combination of hearing loss and visual impairment and is a leading cause […]

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Personal loans to be considered for town workers

Town of West Union employees with more than one year service would be eligible for a personal loan from their employer, provided the town council takes a required vote.  An addition to the employee handbook is to be considered during tomorrow’s meeting that would institute personal loans to employees, provided they sign a promissory note and agree to a deduction […]

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