Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues 2024 Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

(Walhalla, SC) ——————————-The unofficial start of summer here as Memorial Day Weekend has arrived. With vacations and travel on everyone’s minds, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is providing some safety tips as you prepare to drive the roads, highways and interstates, or perhaps stay close to home. If you are planning to travel for the Memorial Day weekend, the Oconee […]

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Courtesy Boat Inspections Offered This Weekend

Courtesy boat inspections are being offered in the Upstate this Memorial Day weekend. Greg Lucas says that SCDNR officers provide the free checks three times annually, at Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. He also says that boaters found with any violations will be afforded the opportunity to correct the violation and will not be given a citation… Greg […]

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Local EMS Shown Appreciation in Walhalla

A small crowd of deputies and emergency medical services personnel gathered at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla on Tuesday to recognize local first responders during EMS Appreciation Week. Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw praised EMS workers for their crucial role in public safety and expressed gratitude for their dedication. Special recognitions included commendations related to the November 16 incident […]

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Clarios expanding Oconee County operations

Approximately $16 million investment will create 12 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Clarios, a global leader in advanced battery solutions, today announced it is expanding operations in Oconee County. The company will invest approximately $16 million and create 12 new jobs. Based in Glendale, Wisconsin, Clarios is a leading battery manufacturer, producing over 150 million advanced, low-voltage batteries for the mobility […]

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Belton to Merge Police Services with Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in $1.2M Annual Partnership

The City of Belton will come under the jurisdiction of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office through a proposed partnership, as approved by the Belton City Council and Anderson County Council. This agreement aims to address staffing shortages in Belton’s police department. Belton will dissolve its police force, with current officers becoming county deputies. The Sheriff’s Office will provide around-the-clock coverage […]

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Governor McMaster Signs Gender-Affirming Care Ban for Minors, Joins Efforts Against WHO Pandemic Treaty

On Tuesday, Governor Henry McMaster signed into law a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors, making South Carolina the 25th state to implement such restrictions. The law prohibits health professionals from performing gender-transition surgeries, prescribing puberty blockers, and overseeing hormone treatments for patients under 18. School principals or vice principals must inform parents if a child wishes to use […]

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School District of Oconee County Extends Superintendent’s Contract with Salary Increase

At its meeting on Monday, May 20, the School District of Oconee County Board of Trustees conducted the annual review of Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland. The board approved a 3% salary increase and extended his contract through 2026. Board Chair Denise McCormick praised Dr. Thorsland’s leadership and community involvement, noting positive evaluation results. Dr. Thorsland expressed gratitude for the opportunity […]

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