Eugene Elrod

Westminster – Luther Eugene Elrod, 87, widower of the late Maudie Sue Elrod, passed away Thursday April 7, 2016 at the Cottingham Hospice House. A funeral service will be held 2pm Saturday April 9, 2016 at the chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home with burial to follow First Baptist Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the […]

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Apartments change hands for $8.6M

The deal consummated for the sale of a large Seneca apartment complex this week involved multi-millions of dollars.  The deed and documents filed with Oconee County show the transaction price at $8.6 million—between the seller, Seneca Prescott LLC of West Springfield, Massachusetts and the buyer, LCP Clemson LLC, a Delaware limited liability company with an address in Summit, New Jersey.  […]

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Refunding patronage capital

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will refund capital credits next week to its members.  On Thursday, April 14 Blue Ridge will send $1 million dollars worth of credits reflecting margins earned by Blue Ridge in previous years. Each check includes that member’s pro-rata share of the net earnings during the years covered by the payment. In each of the last 34 […]

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New leadership position for Neil Smith

Pickens County announces that its county council chairman, Neil Smith, is the  new vice chairman of the regional government service agency—the S.C. Appalachian Council of Governments in Greenville.  “A-COG” consists of 44 board members who represent 42 municipalities and six counties: Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, Oconee, Spartanburg, and Cherokee.   Besides vice chairman, Smith is also a board member of Economic Development […]

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Strategy manager hired for Destination Oconee

The tourism-based project Destination Oconee has a manager.  Announcement is being made of the hiring of Janet Hartman, Iowa native, who is joining efforts of the Oconee Economic Alliance after having worked as downtown development manager in Blairsville, Georgia.  Hartman will take charge of implementing a strategy for “Destination Oconee:  Realizing the Future of Oconee County.”  She also will help […]

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New assignment for former Oconeean

Former Oconee County resident Hayley Thrift is the new communications director for the office of the South Carolina Attorney General.  Thrift took the job April 1.  She is a 2007 graduate of Seneca High School, graduated in 2011 from Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations.  She worked two years for the William Mills public relations firm in Atlanta.  […]

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Conyous Prater Whitfield

  Conyous Prater Whitfield, 97, of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, formerly of Westminster, passed away on April 6, 2016. Visitation is Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 AM in the fellowship hall of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Services will follow at 12:00 PM in the church sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon […]

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Judge to rule against school challenge

Lynne Martin, the plaintiff in a legal challenge to closing the middle and high school in Salem, has confirmed talk that she has learned a judge will rule in favor of the Oconee School District.  Which means that Judge Maddox will uphold the school board’s decision to close Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School at the end of the current year.  The town […]

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A street “not used by the general public”

With an amendment, the Oconee County Council agreed last night to end maintenance of a county road near Walhalla described “not used by the general public.”  As part of the action, the council consents to the judicial abandonment and the close of a part of Hetrick Street near Walhalla and not far from where a Bojangles restaurant is proposed.  Council […]

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Candidates invited to Seneca meeting

All local candidates seeking election have an invitation to participate next week in a meeting of the Oconee Republican Party.  The meeting takes place at 6 o’clock Monday night at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center.  A meet and greet the candidates will start at 5:30.  Bob Skipp, chairman of the Oconee GOP, plans a candidates’ debate at the party’s May meeting […]

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