State bank has funds to grant

  The question arose at a Walhalla meeting today whether anyone in Oconee County could justify a transportation project worth at least $25 million.  Chairman Sam Dickson of Oconee’s State “C” Fund Committee announced that he had received an invitation from the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank inviting the committee to make application.  But neither Dickson nor his fellow committee […]

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Library leaders press for budget approval

A contingent of Oconee library leaders spent the day yesterday in Columbia in support of the budget request of the South Carolina State Library.  Part of the State Library’s budget each year is pass-through money, known as State Aid, for each County Library.  OCPL’s State Aid this fiscal year is$111,000. Each week during the legislative session, representatives from three or […]

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Staggered starts are headache for some parents

  Delaying the start of the Oconee school day next year will mean scheduling complications for some parents.  A waitress told 101.7/WGOG NEWS the difficulty for her in dropping off her daughter and then getting to work on time.  The Oconee school trustees approached the decision with some trepidation this month, as they became aware that some parents are going […]

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Temperatures vary wildly

Winter is now one month deep, but the mild temperatures that followed a cold snowfall reflect a wild variation from one year to the next.  Walhalla’s official low temperature for the 24-hour period Wednesday through Thursday was 40 degrees.  Yet one year ago, on this date, one Mountain Rest weather watcher recorded 12 degrees on his outside thermometer.

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Relief sought to zoning rules in Seneca

A Seneca panel will sit in judgment tonight on whether there should relief be granted to zoning rules that cover property at the Lake Keowee Loran Point home development.  A zoning variance, requested by Lonnie Martin, at 1100 Loran Point will be considered as part of a 6 o’clock Boarfd of Zoning Appeals public hearing at City Hall.

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Seneca High is finalist for top award

For a second year, Seneca High School will compete as a finalist for Palmetto’s Finest.  Extensive evaluations by educators and past Palmetto’s Finest winners go into which schools are ranked as finalists.  The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.  The final award will be made known in a live stream South […]

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“Firewise” meeting at Devil’s Fork State Park

  The tragedies late last year at Pinnacle Mountain and Gatlinburg remain fresh on the mind.  And that has prompted the group Friends of Jocassee to host a meeting to help the community learn more about protecting their homes and property from wildfire.  Another feature of the meeting will be information on how controlled burns can help.  Everyone is invited […]

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Elma Suttles

  Seneca – Elma Carter Suttles, 97, of 3001 Criswell Drive, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at her residence. A funeral service will be held 11 am, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Full Gospel Temple, 10099 Wells Hwy., Seneca, SC, with Rev. Ted Edgar officiating. Burial will follow at Oconee Memorial Park.  The body will lie in state at the […]

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Students learn principals of air density

A research project by seventh grade science classes at Seneca Middle School taught students the principles of air density.  The freezing temps following the recent snowfall gave students the chance to launch homemade air balloons made of panels of colorful tissue paper.  Teachers Eddie Chavis and Deborah Bellflower supervised the burner, fueled by small tanks of propane gas which inserted […]

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