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Ordinance 2014-24 now the law

December 3, 2014

An ordinance to provide county-funded legal defense and limited indemnification for Oconee County employees passed on third and final reading. Council’s vote last night was once again 3-2, with Thrift, Corbeil and Dexter in favor and Cain and McCall opposed. A final vote scheduled November 18 was tabled to allow County Attorney Tom Martin to…

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Attorney explains how private meetings pay off

December 3, 2014

Executive sessions by government create distrust on the part of some members of the citizenry who decry taking the public’s business behind closed doors. But the Oconee County Attorney last night suggested that patience can be a virtue. For a rare time, there was no need for a private meeting following last night’s county council…

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Michelin is the “street talk” in Fair Play

December 3, 2014

An investment of $250 million dollars, between 150-175 jobs—and jobs that pay as much as $22.50 an hour. Oconee County leaders last night were not identifying the manufacturing company that’s headed to the Golden Corner Commerce Park, but “street talk” in Fair Play is that “Project Sarah” will translate to a Michelin plant. And this…

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West Union gets re-energized!

December 3, 2014

A tree toppled onto a transformer line along West Union’s Main Street and with it went the electric power yesterday afternoon to about half of the town and a part of adjoining Walhalla.  Town Hall, traffic lights, and shopping centers were among those affected.  Crews worked into the night and, according to Oconee County Dispatch,…

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Scam resurfaces

December 2, 2014

A scam that recently victimized some Walhalla residents has apparently spread to Seneca. And the public is once again asked to be careful. According to the police and city officials, telephone calls from out of the country are being made to local numbers. Those receiving the calls are being warned they face seeing their electric…

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Who is stealing the precious metals?

December 2, 2014

The company BASF and Crime Stoppers of Oconee are offering reward money for information regarding losses of precious metals from the plant.  In October, the loss of metal at the BASF plant near Seneca led to an investigation in which a Walhalla man was arrested on breach of trust charges.  Now Crime Stoppers offers up…

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“Lines down everywhere”

December 2, 2014

A tree fell on a power line on West Union’s Main Street this afternoon–resulting in an electric power outage affecting about half of the town, as well as a nearby part of adjoining Walhalla.  Duke Energy crews have been called to the area of West Union Main Street near Town Hall.  Meantime, motorists should avoid…

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Businesswoman to take hospital board seat

December 2, 2014

Businesswoman Elaine Turner has been elected to succeed Bo Wilhite as a member of the board of directors of Oconee Memorial Hospital. Turner was the choice during a board meeting last week—the same meeting at which Wilhite was commended for two terms of service. Hunter Kome, OMC Campus President, says Turner begins a three-year term…

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Graduation time ahead at Southern Wesleyan

December 2, 2014

Graduates of Southern Wesleyan will be recognized during two ceremonies this month on the Central campus. Speaker will be Michael Batchelor, chief executive officer of Baptist Easley Hospital. Janice Hartsoe, university registrar, predicts that 262 degrees will be conferred. Students graduating from the university’s traditional program will participate in the ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday,…

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Moving up the court calendar

December 2, 2014

The pre-trial settlement of an auto accident lawsuit has moved to trial position number one Oconee County’s oldest pending civil lawsuit. It’s the seven-year old case that alleges fraud and misrepresentation by a Duke Energy subsidiary that acquired property more than 50 years ago to build what today is the Keowee-Toxaway project in Oconee County.…

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Calendar

  • December 23, 2014 5:30 pmA Laidback Candlelit Service
  • December 24, 2014 6:00 pmChristmas Eve Worship
  • February 7, 2015 7:00 pmRelay for Life of Oconee Fundraiser
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