Easement needed before project to bid

“We are going to camp out down there.”  That’s how the general manager of the Pioneer Rural Water District describes his determination to secure the final intake easement required before Pioneer may call for bids to build the treatment plant at the Golden Corner Commerce Park.  Terry Pruitt relayed to his board of directors the importance of the last needed […]

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Accident UPDATE

Traffic is moving slowly on 123 between the Food Lion intersection and Paws Restaurant. Shortly before 2:15 this afternoon, two small cars collided and one of the injured occupants had to be extricated from the wreckage.  Grahl Haney of Oconee Emergency Services says both cars wound up in the median.

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Studying the loons of Lake Jocassee

A few weeks ago a leading loon field researcher came to Lake Jocassee to lay the groundwork for an upcoming study. According to Mountain Lakes CVB, the international citizen science group, Earthwatch, next year will begin a 3-year loon research program at Jocassee.  Scientists want to study how the health and behavior of loons wintering in a pristine, uncontaminated winter […]

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PMPA group to press the flesh in Washington

A group representing Piedmont Municipal Power Agency makes its annual trek early next week to Washington, D-C.  Coleman Smoak, PMPA general manager, says this trip allows board members and others to catch up on various issues at the federal level that are important to the delivery of electric power to the 10 cities, including Westminster, who form the PMPA membership.  […]

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In excess of 100 thousand young people voted

An Oconee election observer last Saturday said he saw young people on their way by foot to one of the polling places.  And now a research and information center says more young voters cast votes in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential primary than the Democratic one.  That’s a first, according to an analysis by a non-partisan research center on youth engagement […]

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Good weather allowed asphalt paving

Good weather allowed workers to pour asphalt in Walhalla’s Streetscape project.  Today Hutch ‘n Son hopes to finish the ADA handicap domes, which will allow the re-opening of all sidewalks.  Temporary striping along the two newly-asphalted blocks is planned Thursday.  Meantime, motorists are asked to be careful.  

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Play area added at Tamassee-Salem Elementary

Children at Tamassee-Salem Elementary School are getting a concrete area for play at recess.  The work is a volunteer venture of workers from across the country who are affiliated with Decorative Concrete, and it’s a project coordinated by Oconee County resident Todd Scharich.  Other companies are assisting.  Scharich and the group last year worked on a daycare in inner city […]

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Evelyn Hightower McElhannon

Evelyn Louise Hightower McElhannon, 75, wife of the late Clifton James Holbrooks, of 509 Lynn Drive, West Union SC, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Richland Baptist Church with burial to follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens, Westminster, SC. The family will receive friends […]

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Ruth Ernestine Lowery Haney

Ruth Ernestine Lowery Haney, 69, wife of the late William Crayton Haney, of 130 Hammock Ridge Drive, Seneca, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Seneca Health and Rehabilitation. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends […]

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