SDOC 2020-2021 Instructional Options: Parents must pre-register each student by Tuesday, July 14th

In mid-June, SDOC families completed a “2020-2021 Reopening of School Survey” in order to gather information about whether parents were comfortable with their children returning to school for face-to-face instruction. Results from the survey support that the school district should provide both a traditional face-to-face instructional model and an “at-home” option for students during this time of uncertainty. Option 1: […]

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Pickens County woman charged with evading taxes on more than $1 million of income

South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents today arrested a Pickens County independent contractor and charged her with seven counts of tax evasion. According to the arrest warrants, Julie Ann Scott, 63, of Central, failed to file Individual Income Tax returns from 2012 through 2018, during which she earned $1,321,344. Scott’s tax liability for those years totals $77,538, according to the […]

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Plane Crashes into Lake Jocassee

Update from Oconee Emergency Services: Oconee County Emergency Services (OCES)  responded to a small float-plane crash at Lake Jocassee in Oconee County. The float-plane crashed into Lake Jocassee with a pilot and passenger on board however both occupants were rescued without injury. No other injuries to anyone else on the lake have been reported at this time. Original Story: Just before […]

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Water Complaints in Rural District Communities

Some customers of the Pioneer Rural Water District in Double Springs in Anderson County and Oconee County’s Crossroads Community have complained recently about the taste and smell of their drinking water. The topic was raised during a meeting of the Board on Tuesday afternoon, who said that changes are being made and improvements should be noticeable in the coming days. […]

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Face Coverings Sensitive Topic in Westminster

The idea of mandating facial coverings proved to be a sensitive topic not only around the Westminster City Council meeting table, but among audience members, some of whom argued with each other outside the meeting room. During the public comment session inside the meeting room, the mayor and council heard stark differing views from a couple of the speakers. One […]

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SDOC Staff and Parent Re-Opening Survey Results

In mid-June, the School District of Oconee County asked staff and families to complete a survey concerning the re-opening of schools for the 2020 – 2021 school year. The district received 1,152 staff responses and 4,615 family responses. Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland sat down with JoAnn Johnson on the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce’s news program and talked about the […]

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