SDOC monitoring Enrollment

The new school year has begun in Oconee County and even though students have returned to the classroom we will not know exactly how many there are in the School District of Oconee County until after ten days, explains Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas. “I know we will probably have about 10,500 students and of course what we will do the […]

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Yard Signs congratulating Summer Readers in OC

As we begin another school year in Oconee County motorist may notice something a little different around bus stops, yard signs congratulating students who read during the summer.  The yard signs are something new the Oconee County Public Library is doing this year to draw attention to those students who enjoyed a book this summer, explains Oconee County Public Library […]

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OC Rain Totals

It is has been a very unusual summer, weather wise, in Oconee County this year.  Constant rain has saturated the Upstate area and official U.S. Weather Observer Barbara Wilson of Walhalla has stayed busy recording record-breaking data.  “The total from January through June was 43 inches and was starting to become a record, then in July we had 15.13 inches […]

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Labor Day Travel Estimates

There’s less than two weeks left until Labor Day weekend and AAA forecasts that holiday travel will be up this year by 4.2%. Heather Hunter, Public Relations Director for AAA, says this represents a post-recession high. “We are projecting that 34.1 million Americans are going to take a trip this year.” Hunter says that the busiest travel day will be […]

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Four killed on SC Highways over weekend

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces four people being killed on state roadways from Friday, August 16, at 6pm until Sunday, August 18, at midnight. As of August 18, 443 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 523 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012. Oconee County has experienced one highway fatality in 2013 […]

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Blood Pressure improves with Hypertension Program

Hypertension or high blood pressure affects 65 million Americans. Uncontrolled, it can put people at risk for heart attack and stroke. A new study examined how a large-scale program, could influence blood pressure control rates.  “I don’t believe we can really effectively address hypertension control by thinking about it every once in a while. It’s the kind of thing that […]

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Three arrested in Fiber Optics Theft

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests have been made in the case of stolen fiber optics equipment.  The Sheriff’s Office announces that 44-year-old James Gus Orr Jr., 44-year-old Tammy Renee Cobb and 45-year-old Robert Earl Heaton, all from Seneca, were arrested in the theft investigation of $30,000 worth of tools and fiber optic equipment near Seneca.  The three […]

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Slow Down for School Buses

Tuesday is the first day of school in the School District of Oconee County and motorists are being cautioned to slow down to watch for kids.  Oconee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas urges motorists to be careful in the vicinity of schools and bus stops.  “Just a reminder that there will be kids out, often they will be up […]

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Start School Year off right by being Prepared

Excitement surrounds the start of another school year in Oconee County and getting kids to bed tonight could be difficult.  Oconee County Schools Assistant Superintendent Earnestine Williams says being prepared will help.  “It is very exciting when you see the students come back after the summer and also you get to see the parents again, so its just that community […]

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SDOC Summer Graduates recognized

Summer graduation ceremonies were held earlier this month to recognize the newest high school graduates from Oconee County.  “We had 19 students who graduated this summer.  Two of them graduated in a program we have with Tri-County Technical College called Connect to College, which is actually where they finish their high school diploma and they work on an associate’s degree […]

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