Wet conditions impede Main Street project

The wet conditions are impeding progress this week in the project to finish the Walhalla Streetscape project.  As part of the work to re-build the sidewalk on the south side of Main Street, between Ann and Catherine streets, crews of Hutch ‘N Son might tear out the small sidewalk in that area.  But the contractor promises to replace the walk […]

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“ATAX” funds available by application

An Oconee County commission stands ready to award funds to those who will advance local tourism, cultural events, and the like.  The county’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission announces that it has $30 thousand derived through the collection of “ATAX”—the Accommodations Tax.  You can request an application guide by calling the PRT office at 888-1488 or online at www.oconeesc.com.  The […]

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Mark Sanders

Mark Lane Sanders, 56, died Sunday.  He was the husband of Connie Sanders.  A celebration of life will be held 2 pm Saturday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. The family receives friends from noon-1:30 pm prior at the funeral home.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers accepted.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral […]

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Seneca to change its building permit structure

Seneca is looking at changes in its process for building permits.  It’ll mean an increase in the permit fee, but city leaders believe reducing paperwork will ease a builder’s burden.  And that’s borne out  from initial feedback to city officials.  During a non-action meeting last night, Ed Halbig announced a proposed increase of the base fee to $50 dollars for […]

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Seneca plan on track

The leaders of an Oconee municipality that was laid out in the 19th century on opposite sides of a railroad are being told that a city plan in the early 21st century is right on track.  During a work meeting last night, the mayor and city council heard that Seneca’s planning commission is addressing changes in the city’s comprehensive plan.  […]

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Voter deadline tomorrow

The deadline to be eligible to vote in next month’s Democratic Presidential primary in South Carolina is tomorrow.  The primary will be February 27.  The deadline for the Republican primary has already passed.  You can register for the Democrats’ vote by going by your registration and elections office or, as the state Election Commission office suggests, register online at scVOTES.org. […]

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Sam Haley

Samuel Gene Haley, 80, of 414 Blackjack Road, Westminster died Monday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  He was the widower of Lillian Agatha Sheppard Haley.  The funeral will be 2 pm Thursday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 1-2 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial follows in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church […]

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Tech eligible for big prize money and scholarships

Tri-County Technical College at Pendleton is eligible to compete for new scholarships and $1 million dollars in prize money.  The announcement was made this morning from Washington by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, which considers Tech one of the country’s top 150 community colleges.  Tri-County has now been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  […]

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Home builders approved to finish the job

Approvals given last night by the Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals will allow home builders to finish the job started prior to the Great Recession.  The board cast a pair of 5 to 1 votes to allow variances for M & T Properties and SK Builders for a project on Preston Ridge Drive near the Keowee School Road.  In each […]

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Increase in Oconee joblessness

The Oconee County unemployment rate and claims filed in December inched up to 5.4% from November’s 5.2.  However, figures provided today from the Department of Employment and Workforce, showed a near 300 increase in the number of Oconeeans in the workforce.  Statewide, the jobless rate held at 5.5% in December, yet the number of people working grew by 10 thousand.  […]

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