Pitch made for countywide hospitality tax

For the good of Oconee’s tourism and the like, a county leader proposes a countywide 2% hospitality tax—identical to the tax now charged by Oconee’s three largest municipalities. Ken Sloan, director of the Mountain Lakes Conventions Visitors Bureau, made his pitch yesterday at the business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance. As late three hours later, Sloan was getting reaction […]

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Duncan says Biden “misinformed”

Vice President Joe Biden spoke out against Republican senators whose actions, he said, undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran for a nuclear weapons deal. The Associated Press quoted Biden as saying, “I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary —- that the President does not have the […]

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Who had this year’s best tornado poster?

 Adrianna Lione’s winner poster is practically as tall as she is. The second grader at Walhalla Elementary received a cash award of $45 dollars and a weather alert radio for her poster judged the best of those submitted in the annual tornado safety poster contest. That contest is sponsored by Oconee Emergency Services to draw attention to the destruction and […]

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Flu strain deadly to poultry

South Carolina officials are requesting the public to keep an eye out for a strain of avian flu that has been identified in seven states and is potentially deadly to poultry. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, so far, has been identified in backyard and commercial poultry flocks, wild ducks and geese from Oregon to Arkansas. While not considered a threat to […]

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Something will be done about ISIS, says Duncan

Congress will do something to try to stop the growing threat of ISIS in the Middle East, but South Carolina’s Third District representative predicts it will be short of a declaration of war. At the Seneca Rotary Club today, Congressman Jeff Duncan said there will be an agreement to authorize a military force, but it likely won’t be everything President […]

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Greenwood man wanted in Oconee homicide case

A Greenwood man is being sought today on several charges, including murder, in last weekend’s homicide near Seneca, at Sonny’s Bar and Grill. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office this afternoon identified its suspect as Dw’Ntraquis Rashaad Campbell, who has been charged with the murder of Anthony Letron Holden of Seneca. Campbell also has been charged with attempted murder in the wounding […]

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Oconee suit alleges violation of Fair Housing law

Should a property manager have made an exception to a no-pet policy for the benefit of a handicapped tenant? It’s the issue raised in a damage lawsuit filed in Oconee County last week by the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission. That lawsuit, on behalf of a woman with physical disabilities, alleges violation of the federal Fair Housing Law. According to […]

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