Search and rescue operation

An emergency official has confirmed reports that Oconee County has started a search and rescue operation this morning in the vicinity of Duke Energy’s Bad Creek hydro project. Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services says responders received a call from a woman hiker saying her husband had fallen ill on the Foothills Trail.  The couple are believed to be from […]

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Car flips after hitting pole

During the 10 o’clock hour this morning, a car left Westminster’s E. North Avenue, hit a telephone pole, and flipped.  Chief Dean Awalt of the police department says no one was hurt.  At the time rain fell and road conditions were wet.  The police believe the car hydroplaned.

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Ex-offenders to get help landing jobs

A state grant will allow the area’s technical college to help ex-criminal offenders find work in the field of highway construction.  The state Department of Employment and Workforce today announced a $148 thousand dollar grant to Tri-County Technical College to provide highway construction apprenticeships to unemployed ex-offenders.  The program is to help those with criminal records and lacking in skills […]

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Tax increase OK’d in 5-4 vote

On their first vote, Seneca’s elected leaders were practically divided on whether to raise property taxes by 4 mills.  The increase received first reading approval 5-4, with Mayor Alexander and council members Gaines, Rozman, Ward, and Pohl and in favor.  Opposed were O’Kelley, Moore, Smith, and Durham. Before taking effect July 1, the city’s general budget and its other budgets require […]

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$650 thousand hole projected next year

  Seneca is grappling with setting a new budget for the next 12 months, but its city administrator issued a warning last night that Seneca must plan for a $650 thousand dollar hole after next year.  Greg Dietterick, city administrator, says he has been put on notice that 2016-17 will be the last year that the county will pay Seneca […]

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Seneca proposed budget raises property tax

  A rare property tax increase is in the making at Seneca.  The city council last night gave first reading to new budgets.  Seneca’s next general budget is proposed at $10.2 million and would reflect four new tax mills.  Mayor Dan Alexander and other officials say there has been only one other property tax increase in their city in the […]

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Walhalla responds to Seneca emergency

Fire burned a Seneca garbage truck last week and, while the city negotiates an insurance claim, nearby Walhalla is helping its neighboring city pick up the trash.  Seneca officials say the garbage truck burned in a fire last week on Julian Drive.  No one was hurt.  Chief Jan Oliver of the Seneca Fire Department attributes the fire to a hydraulic […]

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Stolen vehicle leads to chase

Two Anderson County residents have been arrested by Oconee sheriff’s officers after a chase for a stolen vehicle in the Townville area.  The Sheriff’s Office identified Carley Deann Austin and Robert Jeffrey Hughes as the two people arrested after an early Sunday morning chase on highway 24.  Deputies pursued a red 2006 Ford F-250 stolen the previous day  on the […]

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Elvira “Dot” Phillips

Westminster – Elvira L. “Dot” Phillips, 96, widow of the late Roy Nelson Phillips, 382 Blackjack Road, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.   A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 prior to the service at the funeral […]

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