Pioneer plant to create hole in Westminster budget

Pioneer Rural Water District’s plans to proceed toward its first treatment plant will create a hole in the budget for the city of Westminster.  Once Pioneer’s plant goes into operation—the projected date is 2018—Westminster will have lost a sizeable wholesale water customer.  And the loss of that revenue figured in Westminster’s workshop retreat meeting held Saturday at the offices of […]

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Roger Lee Whitesel

Salem, SC— Roger Lee Whitesel, 83, husband of Joan Hudson Whitesel, of 2 Beach Court, Salem, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Monday, September 19, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, Oconee County Veterans Council, in […]

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Data breach affects county workers’ pay checks

Earlier today, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw was informed by Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder of a data breach involving the payroll service used to pay county employees. Crenshaw made contact with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate. “At this time we do not have an exact dollar amount but we have determined […]

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Oconee’s Stephens assumes increased duties

  Josh Stephens’ goal in life is to work as a city or county administrator.  The young Oconee County department director today appears to be one step closer.  County Administrator Scott Moulder has confirmed that, in recent weeks, Stephens has been elevated to the job of assistant to administrator. And it means a pay raise, according to Moulder. Though Moulder […]

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Helicopter used in marijuana bust near Westminster

A husband and wife near Westminster are under arrest in a marijuana bust in rural Oconee County.  The helicopter of the Sheriff’s Office is said to have been instrumental yesterday in the bust that sent Joshua Richard Dills and Shera Lynn Dills to jail.  As part of drug eradication efforts, according to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies and drug officers from […]

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Cotton season filled the streets of Oconee

Traffic was light this morning in the streets of downtown Walhalla.  The retired attorney and history enthusiast Lowell Ross sat in front of a restaurant and remembered when September and October were months that filled the streets of Walhalla with farmers who had money to spend after selling cotton.  The early and middle parts of the 20th century were times […]

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