Emergency food and utility money divided

A local board has decided the distribution of emergency money to help qualified Oconeeans pay utility, food and other expenses.  The Oconee United Way announced today seven social service agencies will share in nearly $35 and a half thousand dollars.  On the receiving end are the Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund; Golden Harvest; the Salvation Army; Golden Corner Food Bank, the […]

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Utilities office has new home

The office of the Seneca utilities superintendent has re-located to the city’s Lowery building on N. 2nd Street—a block behind City Hall.  Bob Faires’ office is now in the building that serves as the headquarters for the Light and water crews.  But the basement of City Hall and the adjoining drive-thru are still the places for utility customers who pay […]

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New residence hall at Southern Wesleyan

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A new four-story building will become a reality on Southern Wesleyan University’s Central Campus. Southern Wesleyan’s new 67,000 square-foot residence hall will be located on Wesleyan Drive at Southern Wesleyan’s Central Campus across from the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. The facility will provide suites for 243 students. The floor plan includes 15,000 square feet of space for […]

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Heat attracts library walk-ins

  In 90 to 100-degrees, where do those without a pool or air-conditioning go to cool off?  Many people turn to Oconee County’s air-conditioned libraries.  Blair Hinson of the Oconee Public Library says with school out, summer is a busy time for the libraries, but there’s no doubt about it.  Other patrons and the general public tend to migrate to […]

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Why you need a will, attorney explains

The example of the music superstar Prince points up the need to have a will.  Only days after the death of the reclusive millionaire, reports circulated that he may not have left a will.  In such a case the assets of his music empire are thrown into chaos.  A Seneca attorney, Paul Cain, recommends everyone have a will.  A simple […]

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Seneca to be well represented at statewide meeting

Seneca will be well represented during the annual meeting of the South Carolina Municipal Association.  And there’s a special reason for that.  The city’s multi-million dollar upgrades of its water treatment facilities are meriting an award to be handed out at the statewide meeting of municipal leaders.  The meeting, July 14 through the 17, takes place in the port city […]

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David Vaughn’s death ruled accidental

After an autopsy today, Oconee Coroner Karl Addis has ruled the death of David Wayne Vaughn accidental.  The cause of death, Addis said this afternoon, was due to positional asphyxiation.  Addis released this account of the death investigation Monday at rural 302 Holly Lane near Walhalla.  “The autopsy also showed Mr. Vaughn to have signs of dehydration and a minor […]

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“Dexter” the K-9 hit by car

The Westminster Police Department K-9 “Dexter” was in surgery today in Greenville for injuries last night when hit by a car.  According to Chief Dean Awalt, Dexter was inside a pen at the home of his handler when the sound of fireworks scared the dog enough for it to break from the pen and then be struck by a car. […]

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Westminster policeman resigns

The Westminster police have confirmed the resignation of one of their officers.  This after, the officer’s arrest Sunday on the charge of domestic violence second degree.  Corp. Timothy Hugh Williamson II had worked for the police department for three years.  Chief Dean Awalt says Williamson resigned this morning.  According to the booking report from the Oconee Law Enforcement Center, Williamson […]

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