How healthy is Oconee?

Two organizations are ranking Oconee County number 12 of 46 South Carolina counties for good health.  According to the rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Beaufort County residents are the healthiest; Greenville County residents are second healthiest in the state.  At the bottom of the 46-county rankings are Marion, Allendale and […]

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Three requests for zoning variances

The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider requests for three variances during hearings that get underway at 6 o’clock tomorrow night at the Seneca City Hall.  Each request involves a separate applicant at separate locations.  On property zoned highway commercial, Kristal Kuhlen seeks relief from steep, wooded property fronting 123; on property zoned residence-office, Gail Harrison seeks a variance at […]

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Fire on the mountain today!

The Forest Service plans a prescribed burn today in Mountain Rest, off the Rich Mountain Road.  A spokesman for the USFS says 950 acres are to be burned for the purpose of creating better wildlife habitat and reducing the ingredients that lead to wildfires.  Today’s fire should be visible from Walhalla, but it’s likely to create no other impact, according […]

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Leadership Oconee to beautify Westminster

  This year’s Class of Leadership Oconee has its assignment.  Applause rang out last night when the Westminster City Council and Leadership Oconee reached agreement on allowing class members to landscape and create art at the downtown corner of Retreat and Main streets.  Jennifer Moss, who made the presentation, invited the mayor and council to be present at groundbreaking for […]

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Lost hiker found OK

A lost hiker was located in safe condition early last night in the vicinity of Oconee State Park.  He had set out on the trail from Walhalla’s Stumphouse Tunnel Park and apparently became disoriented.  Walhalla Fire Department members were among those who participated in last night’s search and rescue. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Added protections for Oconee

  Oconee County is close to welcoming an automotive parts maker to one of its industrial parks, but it will insist on adding language to the agreement that protects the county in the event the company does not live up to its plans.  Final approval of a deal that will bring a still publicly unidentified manufacturer to the Information and Technology Park […]

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Man charged with removing electronic device

  By late yesterday afternoon, an Oconee man sat in jail accused by authorities of removing an electronic monitoring device.  The Sheriff’s Office also announced the charge of malicious injury to personal property against Joshua Scott Ivester.  He has been denied bond on both charges.  For parts of yesterday the 31-year old Ivester was the object of a lookout by […]

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Westminster’s utility committee goes to work

A volunteer committee of Westminster residents has begun to roll up its sleeves in its attempts to find out what can be done to lower some of the high electric power bills paid by city customers.  Power bills were on the minds of three of the speakers during the public comment period that preceded last night’s city council meeting.  And […]

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Hazel Margaret Crowe Alexander

Salem, SC— Hazel Margaret Crowe Alexander, 80, passed away Sunday March 13, 2016. Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 18, 2016 in the chapel at Davenport Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens in Westminster. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Friday, March 18, 2016 at Davenport Funeral Home. […]

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141 years for Westminster!

City of Westminster will reach 141 years this week.  A combination Westminster birthday party and St. Patrick’s Day celebration is planned for 4:30 to 6:30 Thursday night at the General Store Museum at 126 E. Main Street.  Everyone is invited to come dressed in green and help the city recognize two of the city’s oldest businesses–Moon’s Drug Store and Sandifer […]

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