Jack Harrison Rochester Jr.

Walhalla, SC— Jack Harrison Rochester, Jr., 69, husband of Lois M. Rochester of 150 Edward Lane, Walhalla, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Salem Seventh-Day Adventist Church with burial to follow at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Cashiers, NC. The family will receive […]

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McCall donation resolves emergency Rock Crusher need

The donation by a member of Oconee County Council resolved an emergency need last spring at the county Rock Crusher, and the county last night formally thanked Councilman Wayne McCall for his generosity.  Scott Moulder, county administrator, read into the record a letter of gratitude from Rick Martin, quarry manager, for McCall’s donation of pieces of steel that were needed […]

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Voters Tuesday should be patient

At times, voting lines will be long on Tuesday in Oconee, but the county’s elections office promises everything will be done to avoid wait times.  Still, those voting at the polls are requested to be patient.  There are things that individual voters can do to speed the process. Go to scvotes.org and view their sample ballot, be ready to vote, […]

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Hunters snare 47 bears during 2016 season

Hunters took 47 bears during the recently-completed season across Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties.  The DNR’s Tammy Wactor said the plentiful crop of acorns on the ground along with the warm, dry weather resulted in fewer bears on the prowl for a food supply.  Wactor says dry conditions impede hunting dogs from picking up a bear’s scent. Twelve of the […]

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Industry park in line for entranace road

  A three-party agreement will allow for funding to build an entrance road to 100 acres of property near Seneca that that the county’s economic development recruiter has described as a must before the property’s potential can be realized.  Oconee ‘s 100 acres adjoin Seneca’s part of the industrial park known as the Seneca Rail Park off Shiloh Road adjoining […]

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Vanessa Penton to direct one chamber organization

Walhalla’s Vanessa Penton will direct the new Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. Announcement of the selection of Penton’s appointment as the executive director was made by Sam Dickson, chairman of the new organization.  The chambers of commerce in Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster are now under one umbrella organization.  Penton has served as the Walhalla chamber executive director since 2012.

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Sheriff pursues idea of armed school personnel

  The Oconee County sheriff is pursuing the idea of armed school personnel and trained to protect the lives of students and others in the event of a dangerous school situation.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw broached the idea last night to members of the county council and plans to report back once he ascertains the legality of arming school personnel.  Crenshaw […]

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Jesse Payne

Walhalla – Jessie Lee Franklin Payne, 64, husband of Cathy Smith Payne, 139 Nectarine Circle, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Thursday, November 3, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in […]

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Pioneer finds interim lender

  A national bank, headquartered near Denver, Colorado, has been selected as the interim lender to finance the construction of the Lake Hartwell Water Treatment Plant.  The board of directors of Pioneer Rural Water District this afternoon approved CoBank as the lending institution for the $17 million project.  Design South’s Chuck Joye called the loan interest rate of 1.75% “very […]

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The pipeline explosion impact on local government

An interruption in fuel supply could have ramifications for local government, such as that which affects the running of school buses and the county’s fleet of service vehicles.  But at least one Oconee County department is in good shape.  The county airport near Clemson received a load of aviation fuel last week which should be enough to handle all air […]

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