More Time to complete Sheep Farm Road

An extension has been approved by the state of South Carolina to allow the general contractor another month to complete Sheep Farm Road, which is Oconee County’s major highway project in 2012. The original agreement called for all work to be completed by December 15, but the new date is January 20.  According DOT resident construction engineer Ryan Miller, the […]

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Rising Cost of Twelve Days of Christmas

A pear tree, three French hens, five golden rings; the prices of items in the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” will cost shoppers a little more this year, according to PNC Wealth Management Managing Executive of Investments Jim Dunigan. “They were up 4.8%.  We exceeded this year for the first time $25,000, so the total cost of Christmas […]

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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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