Oconee mulls tax increase

Tax increases are unheard of in election years.  Perhaps not in Oconee County.  The county council, meeting as the budget committee, agreed to entertain the idea of a 2-point-2 tax mill increase as a way to generate revenue to help the county administrator deliver a balanced budget.  At this point, the county is looking at a potential new budget calling […]

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Arvel Kenneth Nichols

Liberty, SC — Arvel Kenneth Nichols, 66, husband of Sybil Jean Morgan Nichols, of 414 Odell Road, Liberty, SC, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Mt. Carmel #2 Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence, […]

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Retreat Street Park groundbreaking and workday

The Leadership Oconee County Class of 2016 cordially invites everyone to the groundbreaking for the Retreat Street Park in Westminster.  The event will be 9 o’clock Saturday morning, April 9. The LOC class is required to complete a project that will positively impact Oconee County, and this year’s class has chosen to landscape and art sculpture at the green space […]

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Seven swimmers compete at regional meet

Seven swimmers from the Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team competed at the 2016 Upper Southeast Regional YMCA Championship Meet at the Middle Tyger YMCA in Spartanburg County March 18-20. Swimmers must meet a qualifying time standard to compete in the Upper Southeast Regional YMCA Championship Meet. Pickens County swimmers qualifying for and swimming at the Spartanburg meet included: Avery […]

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Seneca officials in Columbia for depositions

101.7/WGOG NEWS has learned that Seneca representatives have gone to Columbia today for deposition proceedings in the case of a lawsuit filed by the parents of the late Zachary Hammond.  City Attorney Michael Smith and City Administrator Greg Dietterick are among Seneca officials who have made the trip to the Capital city.  The deposition being taken is believed to be […]

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Story Time tonight at the library

Mothers of infants 1 to 18 months in age are invited to bring their infants to Baby Read Story Time this evening at the Walhalla Library.  Volunteers from the early literacy program Baby Read will demonstrate good practices in reading, talking and singing to babies including nursery rhymes and finger plays that stimulate brain development.  Story Time will run 5:30 […]

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Meet West Union’s new chief

One Westminster resident says her city has lost one of its best police officers.  Charles Sanders takes over as the new chief in West Union, and tonight West Union residents may meet and talk with Sanders.  Mayor Linda Oliver says the meet-and-greet will take place at 6 tonight at Town Hall.

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Seven trees in the ground

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  Seven maple trees were placed in the ground yesterday on Walhalla’s Main Street, and more are to follow.  Dan Pollock, president of Partners for Progress, congratulated Richard Harper and the rest of the Partners’ tree committee.  And Harper, as he watched the planting of one tree, was pleased.  “They should grow nice and tall.  We’re trying to get the […]

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Grievances subject of two closed meetings

Oconee school trustees went behind closed doors for what officials say were three grievance hearings.  After more than one hour yesterday, the trustees emerged from their private meeting, but Chairman Andy Inabinet said there would be a second such meeting later in the night before any action was taken.  The draft of the minutes from last week’s special meeting show […]

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Doris Beatrice McCall Orr

Salem, SC— Doris Beatrice McCall Orr, 69, wife the late William F. Orr, of 125 Bennettsville Road, Salem, SC, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016 at AnMed Health Medical Center. Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from […]

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