Walhalla has New Police Chief

By unanimous vote, the Walhalla City Council approved Ronald Wilbanks as the new chief of police. He succeeds Tim Chastain, for whom he served as the number two officer in command of the department. At their regular monthly meeting last night, the Walhalla City Council acted on a motion by Councilman James Powell to appoint Wilbanks. Councilman Powell complimented Wilbanks […]

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Legislators meet with OC School Board

The three member local legislative delegation representing Oconee County met with members of the Board of Trustees for the School District of Oconee County on Tuesday morning for their annual meeting before the start of another session.  Oconee Country Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas gives details.  “We had three Board members present, Mr. Lee, Mr. Herring and Mrs. Bailes, the […]

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West-Oak Football Coach Resigns

WGOG reports that West-Oak High School head football Coach Jay Brannon has resigned.  Earnestine Williams, Director of Human Resources for the School District of Oconee County confirmed the resignation.  In late October, Brannon’s West-Oak Warriors completed an 0-10 season.  He is expected to remain a teacher at West-Oak High School.  Brannon was the seventh head coach in the school’s history, […]

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Visitor Centers to close for Winter

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers begins seasonal weekend closings at the visitor centers at Hartwell Dam and Lake and Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake November 24 through February 24. The visitor centers remain open during normal business hours 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. All visitor centers are closed on federal holidays. The weekend closings are the result […]

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High Attendance Rate in SDOC

Statistics from the South Carolina Department of Education’s 2012 report card reveals that students and teachers are attending school in Oconee County.  If both students and teachers are in the classroom, learning is more likely to occur, says Oconee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas. “We know that if the teacher is present in school and the student is present […]

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E-Alerts keeping Seneca Residents Informed

In today’s fast-paced world, a little reminder can be helpful.  With that in mind, the City of Seneca invites area residents to sign up for e-alerts.  Seneca Events Coordinator Riley Johnson tells how e-alerts work to inform you about happenings in the city.  “I want to remind everybody to go to our website to sign up for e-mail alerts that […]

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Rosa Clark Clinic named Angel

A local charity has been honored for using its money in support of its mission. South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced that the Rosa Clark Medical Clinic in Seneca was chosen as one of ten Angles in South Carolina. Rosa Clark Clinic executive director Vicki Thompson was surprised by the announcement. “We were a bit overwhelmed but we […]

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37 SHS Students named to All-State Chorus

Once again, Seneca High School chorus students triumph as 37 were named to the South Carolina All-State Chorus, making this year’s group the largest ever for the school.  Of the 80 schools participating in the state, Seneca High School had the fourth largest number of students chosen to the All-State Chorus. Students selected will sing at Winthrop University in March […]

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Crenshaw names Chief Deputy

Next year’s number two officer in the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department has been named. Oconee County Sheriff-elect Mike Crenshaw announces that 40-year old Kevin Davis will serve as the next chief deputy. “Kevin Davis is a life-long native of Oconee County. He is a graduate of Walhalla High School and Tri-County Technical College with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. […]

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Red Cross in desperate need of Volunteers

With the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy as well as fires and other disasters, the American Red Cross is in desperate need of volunteers. Kathy Rogers, executive director of the Oconee County Chapter of the American Red Cross explains. “This is probably the first time in my 25-year career with the Red Cross we’ve had to set up special classes. […]

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