All’s well that ends well at Oconee Nuclear

  For the rest of the year, the government’s nuclear watchdog plans routine inspections of the Oconee Nuclear Station.  A spokesman for the NRC says that is reflective of the year 2015 during which the Duke Energy nuclear station operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety and protected the environment.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission maintains resident inspectors […]

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Seneca makes statement

Seneca issued the following statement this afternoon:  “City of Seneca has received numerous questions concerning the pending federal litigation. Subject to Court approval, the parties have reached a settlement of that lawsuit. The City of Seneca’s contribution to the settlement was the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00). The City of Seneca will use utility proceeds to […]

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Debra Roach

Westminster – Debra Lynn Moore Roach, 54, wife of Luther Roach, Jr., 120 Dunn Roaming Ranch Drive, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 11 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 […]

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Fruit flies take toll on strawberries

It’s hard enough to grow sweet and tasty strawberries let alone a crop-eating pest destroying your patch.  Clemson University reports that the fruit-eating spotted wing drosphila has been found in a strawberry patch in Beaufort County for the first time.  Growers should take action to protect their harvests.  Cooperative Extension agent Zachary Snipes says the fruit fly was found in […]

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Computers stolen at Wal-Mart

Vehicle of Interest - March 16th,2016 Wal-Mart Shoplifting

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in identifying a white male and a white female as part of the effort to capture two shoplifters this month at the Wal-Mart near Seneca.  A Wal-Mart employee told a deputy that early in the morning Wednesday, March 16 the shoplifters got away with nearly $18 hundred dollars worth of computers without […]

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Sigh for relief for the Clerk of Court

A sign of relief to Beverly Whitfield, the Oconee Clerk of Court.  Whitfield is one of several Oconee officeholders who drew no opposition by the deadline candidate filing.  Seeking her third term in office, Whitfield will go into this year’s primary elections with no ballot opposition.  This morning she expressed gratitude for the confidence shown in her by Oconee voters. […]

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Area professor lauded for improving waterways

A biology professor at Southern Wesleyan University, Dr. Rocky Nation, is among a group that was recognized with the 2015 Beyond Borders Award for their enthusiasm and dedication to improving waterways in Georgia and South Carolina. The award is given to an Adopt-A-Stream group or volunteer outside Georgia for demonstrating drive and commitment to monitor and protect a watershed shared […]

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Sheriff makes note of cell phone contraband

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw vows to do what’s possible to ensure that once criminal suspects are placed behind bars in the new county jail, they won’t be able to victimize someone on the outside by the use of a contraband cell phone.  Crenshaw takes note of plans by a Federal Communications Commissioner to come to Columbia next week to hold […]

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For the Hammonds, “a new normal”

For the couple who lost a son when he was shot dead by a Seneca policeman, they live a life of a “new normal.”  A day after announcement of a $2.1 million settlement for the estate of Zachary Hammond, Paul and Angie Hammond spoke to reporters during a news conference at Greenville.  Of that settlement, Mrs. Hammond spoke confidently that […]

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Judge: “This thing needs to be resolved”

The judge in Oconee Common Pleas Court, on his way home tonight, will stop in downtown Seneca to have a look for himself at a building over which the city and the owner have been quarreling for about five years.  During a hearing this afternoon, Judge Cordell Maddox said he is concerned about the potential danger presented by the building […]

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