Political qualifying ends at noon!

The next few hours determine whether a handful of Oconee County elected officials will enter the primaries with opposition.  Noon is the deadline across the state today for candidates to enter the 2016 primary elections.  Unless things change this morning, the following Oconee county incumbents will face no ballot opposition in the June 14 Republican primary:  State Senator Thomas Alexander, […]

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Wireless internet coming to downtown Seneca

Wireless internet is coming to downtown Seneca, courtesy of city government.  During a meeting last night, City Administrator Greg Dietterick said from certain spots along Main Street, wireless internet will be free to the user.  The only price to pay, according to Dietterick, is that the user must first watch a video commercial of upcoming events.  As explained by the […]

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For Duncan, it’s Cruz–but maybe Trump

Reports nationally indicate Donald Trump will go back on a pledge to support the Republicans’ nominee for President if that nominee proves to be his top rival, Ted Cruz.  And it appears Cruz isn’t sure if he would support Trump, if the New Yorker wins the GOP nomination.  Meanwhile, the Third District Republican congressman in South Carolina, Jeff Duncan of […]

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A “Welcome Home” for Vietnam veterans

Oconee County Veterans Services and two chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution: the Walhalla Chapter and the Wizard of Tamassee Chapter thanked Vietnam era Veterans Tuesday afternoon in Walhalla. The two-hour commemorative event attracted 30 veterans and their families to the Oconee Heritage Center. Jeannie Barnwell, one of the coordinators of the Welcome Home Celebration said the event […]

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Settlement in Hammond litigation

At City Hall last night, Seneca issued a short statement declaring an end to the civil litigation involving the death of a 19-year old man last summer in a restaurant parking lot.  The settlement awards the estate of Zachary Hammond more than $2 million.  Identical statements by the city and the law firm representing the Hammond family read:  “The family […]

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Police make nine charges against Utica man

  The police in Seneca, responding to a call, approached a man walking on Mountain View Drive near the 123 By-Pass.  The police say the man carried a laptop and a bag containing cell phones.  That stop of a pedestrian yesterday, according to Chief John Covington, has now resulted in the police filing burglary and other charges against the man—Joshua […]

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Congressman makes Oconee stops

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At this hour, Congressman Jeff Duncan gets a tour of the old Oconee jail, courtesy of the faith-based group that has leased the facility to try to rehabilitate offenders and, where needed, offer help in acquiring a GED.  Duncan’s Walhalla stop will precede a talk later this afternoon at Keowee Key.

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FOLKS volunteer finishes lake beach tests

When asked the question, Oconee County resident Bob Swank would not hesitate to swim in Lake Keowee.   On behalf of Friends of Lake Keowee, Swank completed a test for E.coli contaminants in the waters of Oconee and Pickens Lake Keowee beaches.  At all public and private beaches where he took samples. All except one complied in samples taken last […]

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Townville resident nominated for Naval Academy

A student home schooled in Townville has been nominated to enroll in the U-S Naval Academy.  The name of Townville’s Samuel Hill is on the list of 50 South Carolina students who- have been invited to enroll for the class of 2020 at the country’s military academies.  The students were nominated by U-S Senator Tim Scott.  Final admission is determined […]

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Mayor keeps office hours

The first-year Westminster mayor keeps part time office hours at City Hall and is available to speak and meet with city residents and others about the business of city government. It’s something that Brian Ramey has started since being elected to a four-year term in November.  A small office, with a telephone, has been set aside for the mayor and […]

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