Whitney letter has the mayor thinking

A Seneca attorney counted 323 cigarette butts alongside the walking track of the Shaver Recreation Center. In a letter to the editor of The Journal, Robert Whitney questions whether it’s proper for children engaged in recreation activities to be exposed to second hand smoke. Mayor Dan Alexander today expressed an open mind as to doing something about it. That something […]

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Expression of confidence in Covington and Crenshaw

Seneca’s top elected leader expressed confidence today that if local law enforcement leaders detected an instance of racial profiling, they would take immediate steps to stop it and help ensure the practice is never repeated. During a public policy chat at the Oconee Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Dan Alexander said he has confidence in both his city’s police chief, John […]

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Motorcycle theft leads to arrest near Westminster

The theft of a motorcycle from an address in a rural area near Westminster has led the Oconee Sheriff’s Office to an arrest. According to law enforcement authorities, Lewis Vince Collins, 39-year old resident of the Knox Cove Road, has been charged with burglary first degree and grand larceny in the investigation of the theft of a Harley Davidson hugger […]

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Seneca singers excel

The Seneca High School Honors Chorale earned a superior rating on both the performance and sight singing divisions of the SC State Choral Festival in Columbia. The Honors Women’s Chorus also received a Superior Rating on their choral performance and the sight singing portion of the competition. This is the Honors Choir’s eighteenth performance at the SC State Choral Festival.

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An honor for the Clemson campus police

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has bestowed on the Clemson University police a statewide honor. For mid-sized law enforcement agencies, employing 26 to 50 officers, the Clemson University Police Department was named 2014 Public Safety Agency of the Year. The state Department of Pubic Safety recognizes officers and agencies for their work to uphold DUI laws and their […]

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300-customer increase seen as a good sign

For the first year since the Great Recession left its mark, Pickens-based Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative recorded an up tick in its customer base. At Blue Ridge’s annual media luncheon, Terry Ballenger welcomed 305 new consumers in 2014 to the retail electric service provider in five Upstate counties. Across Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg, Blue Ridge counts 64 thousand […]

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Dalton hurriedly leaves meeting for another

Apparently someone has possible interest today in locating an industrial manufacturing operation within the Upstate. The Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s Charles Dalton suddenly left a luncheon meeting at Clemson. And the explanation given was that the Blue Ridge general manager was headed for a meeting with an industrial prospect in Anderson County.

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Columbia approves the deal!

The start of Walhalla Streetscape appears closer this afternoon, with a message received from Columbia. Nancy Goehle, city administrator, says the Department of Commerce has approved the city’s contract with Hutch ‘N Son Construction to work as general contractor for the re-make of four blocks downtown. At the start of this week, Mayor Edwards had predicted that work would begin […]

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Walhalla hit again by recreation vandals

Walhalla has seen a second incident this week of vandalism of recreation facilities. But, like the first one Sunday, the police have made arrests in both cases. The latest crime was discovered last evening when a recreation worker discovered people climbing a fence in front of the basketball court on the grounds of the swimming pool. The weight from that […]

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