Start of construction not quite yet

Land clearing and actual construction inside Oconee’s Information and Technology Park will not take place quite yet.  This was supposed to be the day that the contractor for two new manufacturing plants would start.  But Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance says there’s the matter of a land disturbance permit, a requirement of the state.  “Once in hand, should […]

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Seneca High ready for Saturday graduation

At their football field Saturday, the 177 members of this year’s senior class at Seneca High School will receive diplomas and depart for post-high school education and, in some cases, straight to the workforce or the job line.  The school has announced that Matthew Suffern (left) is this year’s valedictorian; Nathan Curtis Arey (right) is the salutatorian.  This year’s class […]

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Municipal judge office could be budget casualty

The future of the office of municipal judge in Seneca could be endangered during the city’s next budget.  Greg Dietterick, city administratior, announced at last night’s budget work meeting that two factors are driving him to consider recommending the dissolution of the office, headed by Judge Danny Singleton.  One is a new state requirement that municipalities begin funding costs for […]

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Political season picks up in Seneca

The 2016 political season picked up last night in Seneca with a League of Women Voters’ forum that brought together the candidates for Seats 2, 4 and 5 on the Oconee County Council. The takeaway from last night is that council candidates want Oconee to move forward, but there is disagreement on how to preserve its natural resources.   Last night’s […]

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Seneca reconsiders budget numbers

Seneca’s elected leaders want general city workers to share in pay raises—not just their police officers.  The city administrator left last night’s workshop meeting with a city council consensus that there should be adjustment in the budget figures that were tentatively approved last month in a 5-4 vote.  One of those who voted no then, Dana Moore, said he was […]

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Seneca standoff ends peaceably

Hours after it began, a standoff in Seneca ended without incident.  According to Police Chief John Covington, it was a peaceable end to a situation that started in the early morning hours at the Fair Oaks Village apartments.  There, a shot was fired as the police investigated a domestic call at the Lindsay Road complex.  No one was hurt.  It […]

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Suspect surrenders

The suspect in a police standoff at Seneca has surrendered.  Shortly after 1 pm, Chief John Covington said the suspect, whom he did not identify by name, turned himself in without further incident.  According to the police, a shot was fired early today at the Fair Oaks Village apartments on Lindsay Road, but no one was hurt.  The police say […]

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Oconee projects part of a long-range plan

Oconee County projects are included in a long-range transportation plan for the region.  How soon those projects are done depend on funding and priority rankings.  Lance Estep, transportation planner, gave a report Friday to the board of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments.  Estep told 101.7/WGOG NEWS today his office is at work on updating a long-range plan.  Proposed […]

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Kitchen fire near Seneca

Fire fighters in Seneca believe a rag left near cooking utensils resulted in a kitchen fire this morning.  The fire occurred at a home on the Owens Road.  No one was hurt.  Fire fighters say the damage was confined to the microwave and other parts of the kitchen.

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Dollar General approval appealed

Dissatisfied home owners have gone to court to try to reverse an Oconee County decision to allow a Dollar General store near Lake Keowee.  Home owners packed an April meeting of the county Board of Zoning Appeals to oppose a special exception to allow a 9,100 square foot store near the 4-way stop intersection of Ebenezer Road and SC 188/the […]

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