Roads to counties? “Serious impact,” Moulder predicts

Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder foresees serious financial impact to the counties if an effort at the state capital succeeds to transfer the maintenance of some state-owned roads to the counties. Moulder yesterday was the lead-off panel speaker for an Oconee-Pickens Chambers of Commerce Coalition forum, devoted in part to what some state lawmakers see as a partial solution to […]

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Proposed $100 dollar cap on business licenses draws ire

A bill recently introduced by a Lexington County lawmaker that would cap business license fees at $100 dollars drew the ire yesterday of municipal leaders from Oconee and Pickens counties. But they were told by a state municipal official that the $100 dollar cap “isn’t going anywhere.” Nevertheless, House Bill 3490, in the view of Oconee Home Builders’ officer Russell […]

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Forigiving those bad weather school days

The South Carolina House of Representatives today gave second reading to forgiving up to three missed schools days due to this winter’s bad weather. State Representative Bill Whitmire supports forgiving the days, and says final reading of the bill takes place tomorrow. Oconee missed four days this year, but needed only one of the three because three makeup dates were […]

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Plea results in prison term

A plea of guilt in the General Sessions Court in Walhalla has resulted in a prison term for a man who admitted he shot and wounded a woman last summer. Marcus Oneal Craig this morning pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and Judge McIntosh accepted the state’s recommendation of a prison sentence amounting to […]

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Judge mulls Florida man’s request for trip home

Oconee General Sessions Judge Lawton McIntosh says he wants to speak to a Florida doctor before deciding whether he’ll allow a defendant to return to the Grapefruit State for the purpose of picking up medication for his condition. Stanley Dimitroff, who now lives in Florida, faces an Oconee County trial on the charge of breach of trust, but he told […]

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Death investigation report still incomplete

Four months after a worker’s death in Seneca, the report of an investigation of his death remains incomplete, according to a spokeswoman for the applicable state agency. Lesia Kudelka, ombudsman and communications director for the state Department of Labor and Licensing Regulation, said she checked yesterday for the status of the death investigation report from the Occupational Health and Safety […]

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Music tonight at Seneca High!

A music performance will help raise money tonight to pay for Seneca High School’s prom. Everyone is invited to hear Seneca’s own Sam Burchfield and his band in the school auditorium. Burchfield’s band includes some of Seneca’s talented students. Doors open at 6:30.

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Seneca organizes its first ATAX committee

Seneca’s first ATAX (Accommodations Tax) advisory committee organized during its first meeting, with five of its seven members in attendance. At the start, city financial director Joel Seavey announced the city council-appointed committee became necessary once the city’s ATAX receipts exceeded $50 thousand a year. It will be the committee’s duty to consider grants to organizations that use the money […]

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“It has been determined that there was hazing”

A statement this afternoon from Dr. Michael Thorsland, Oconee superintendent of education, says, “It has been determined that there was hazing.” And the Walhalla police continue to investigate as to whether criminal charges are appropriate. Thorsland’s statement also says district administration is proceeding with disciplinary action and “the students are no longer on the soccer team.” Earlier five Walhalla soccer […]

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