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Paul Corbeil moving forward

December 1, 2014

The outgoing member of the Oconee County Council is moving forward. With one month left in his term, Paul Corbeil is thanking the residents of District One and the rest of the county for the privilege of having served as a councilman for more than five years. Having lost his bid to be re-elected, Corbeil…

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Fire strikes home near West Union

December 1, 2014

Fire broke out early Saturday afternoon at a home near West Union, on the Safety Harbor Road. A female owner of the home suffered burns when she tried to re-enter the home to save a dog. Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King said an investigation was underway as to what caused the fire.

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Bank declares dividend!

November 29, 2014

The directors of Blue Ridge Financial Corporation, the holding company for Oconee County’s Blue Ridge Bank, recently declared a cash dividend in the amount of $204,799.00, or $.50 a share. The cash dividend is payable to stockholders on record by Monday, December 1. It’s the same rate paid to stockholders in 2013. The announcement was…

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Health insurer goes out

November 28, 2014

On Thanksgiving Eve came official news of the collapse of a health insurance cooperative based in Seneca. State regulators ordered the closing of the South Carolina Health Cooperative after an analysis that the co-op could not continue without an infusion of $5 million dollars or more of additional capital. In a letter the director of…

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Why Keowee remains full and other lakes drop

November 28, 2014

South Carolina’s Seneca River and Georgia’s Tugaloo River meet underneath the water of Lake Hartwell to form the Savannah. Both rivers sport privately-owned reservoirs used to produce electricity for the region. The reservoirs also provide water for lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond—and therefore the rest of the basin. Stakeholders in the basin occasionally ask the…

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Accused murderer sat in jail one year before bond set

November 28, 2014

A man accused of committing murder near Seneca a year ago sat in jail nearly a year before getting the opportunity to make bail. But that changed a couple of weeks ago when a judge reconsidered earlier rulings that denied bail. On November 12, Tenth Circuit Judge Alex Macaulay set bonds totaling $200 thousand dollars…

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Senator to take the oath of office

November 28, 2014

South Carolina’s newest U-S senator will take the oath of office next week in Washington. The ceremony for Tim Scott takes place at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning on the Senate floor in the U-S Capitol.

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Anonymous tip leads to Westminster man’s arrest

November 28, 2014

An anonymous tip led Oconee sheriff’s officers to arrest a Westminster man in the investigation of a stolen Jeep Comanche. Officers arrested Joshua Wayne Griffin Tuesday at an address on Mize Avenue. The Jeep Comanche has been returned to its owner. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year old Griffin faces charges of larceny, malicious…

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Wanted Fair Play man arrested in Georgia

November 28, 2014

A Fair Play man wanted on nine charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Oconee County was arrested Wednesday night in Georgia. The accused, Donnie Lane King, is 65 years old and, according to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, some of the alleged offenses took place between 2006 and February of this year and…

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Coffee makers shoplifted from Wal-Mart

November 26, 2014

At the Seneca Wal-Mart, a shoplifter ditched his cart in the parking lot and ran to a car to make his get-away. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office requests the public to come forward with information that’ll solve the theft around 10:30 Monday morning of two coffee makers, valued at nearly $200 dollars. An employee chased the…

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  • December 20, 2014 6:00 pmMountain Rest Community Club's Monthly Meeting
  • December 20, 2014 7:00 pm35th Old Fashion Christmas Pageant
  • December 21, 2014 10:30 amWelcome Wesleyan Church Holiday Meal Giveaway
  • December 21, 2014 6:00 pmChristmas Eve Worship
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