“…if an offer sounds too good to be true….”

A management employee of The Journal has contacted Oconee Sheriff’s Office about what appears to be a scam attempted by an individual wanting to give away a motorcycle. The person with the motorcycle wanted to place an ad to give the motorcycle away, with the stipulation that the person receiving it pay the shipping costs. According to the Sheriff’s Office, […]

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If local artist wins, the “Y” benefits

 Oconee County artist and art educator Libby Imbody is entering a contest and, if she wins, she’ll donate the money to the project to build a county YMCA. Imbody has entered a piece in an “Inspired Tire” art contest, sponsored by Michelin Tire. Those who enter are to create a diversity-themed piece using up to four scrap tires. There will […]

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Public schools infused with $23 million

The financial condition of Oconee public schools last month dramatically changed….for the good. Gloria Moore, finance director, told the trustees the district received $23 million dollars in collections from the county. County Treasurer Greg Nowell said today that $18.3 million of the $23 million represented the public schools’ share of Duke Energy’s 2014 tax payment of $27 million. The rest […]

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West Union sets a new spending plan

West Union has approved spending plans to cover this year and part of next. The small town’s 2015-16 budget in the amount of $502,076.99 was approved during a meeting last night at Town Hall. At the same meeting, without comment from the public, West Union raised its garbage pickup rates one dollar a month. Mayor Linda Oliver says funding from […]

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“Dr. John” returns from Washington

The elderly gentleman whom Seneca leaders affectionately refer to as “Dr. John” has returned from Washington, DC where he roamed the hallways of some of the nation’s leaders—-in search of monies to help Seneca advance its African-American history museum project. Not only did Dr. John Martin roam hallways, he got inside the offices of nine U-S senators and made contacts […]

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Reprieve fails to save old Seneca house

Thirty days have expired. But a Seneca official says 30 days proved to be not enough for a home owner to come up with the required financing to save an old house for which there is historic distinction. And Ed Halbig says he personally regrets that Brenda Knox, the owner, apparently could not come up with the money she would […]

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Oconee’s Katelan Hudson on an upper path

Oconee County’s Katelan Hudson aspires to represent her student organization across the southeast. Katelan, a senior at Seneca High and Hamilton Career Center, is an official candidate for the office of Southern Region VP of the co-curricular student organization DECA. The organization numbers more than 215 thousand students who are preparing for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Her […]

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Mendel Stone re-niominated

The prospects look good for South Union community’s Mendel Stone to be returned to a seat on the board of directors of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. At a nomination meeting Monday, Stone’s name was the only one offered for the seat representing Oconee County. Fifty-six members of the Co-Op attended the nomination meeting. As things now stand, Stone will […]

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You can be the first Miss Oconee Belle

Those organizing a first-ever Oconee pageant feel certain that there are several young ladies in the county who would like to compete for the title of Miss Oconee Belle. The deadline to enter has been extended until noon Friday. If interested, contact the office of the Greater Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Ferris wheel and swing added to Seneca Fest

Seneca has approved spending $8 thousand to bring in a ferris wheel and a swing for Seneca Fest, the city’s Memorial Day weekend celebration. The mayor and council approved the expenditure as proposed last night by their events coordinator, Riley Johnson. The ferris wheel and a swing rides will be erected on the grounds of the Seneca Library and will […]

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