Construction suspended for worker’s funeral

Work on the project at Seneca’s water plant was suspended yesterday for the funeral in Liberty of the 54-year old worker who died Friday at a Greenville hospital. Coroner Karl Addis said Charles Austin Keeler died Friday morning in the neuro-trauma unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Keeler was hospitalized after a fall November 19 from a scissors lift onto a […]

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HIV testing encouraged

Today is World AIDS Day and, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, 15,700 people are living with HIV in South Carolina. HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, is preventable. “We strongly encourage everyone to learn their status by being tested for HIV,” said Janet Tapp, director of DHEC’s STD/HIV Division. “As part of our effort […]

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Lunney’s closing only temporary

The closing of the Seneca museum, the Lunney House, is only temporary. Its director/curator Dr. John Martin says the Lunney, on South First Street, closes this time of year for cleaning. But it will soon be decorated for the Christmas season. Open house will be this Sunday from 4 to 7, with the theme “The Roarin’ Twenties.”

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Our Daily Rest to benefit from fundraiser

Oconee County’s shelter for the homeless, Our Daily Rest in Seneca, will benefit from a fundraiser this weekend by the women of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clemson. For more years than anyone can remember, the Episcopal Church women have held an annual bazaar on the first Saturday in December to raise funds for community charities. This year the […]

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Paul Corbeil moving forward

The outgoing member of the Oconee County Council is moving forward. With one month left in his term, Paul Corbeil is thanking the residents of District One and the rest of the county for the privilege of having served as a councilman for more than five years. Having lost his bid to be re-elected, Corbeil will leave the council December […]

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Bank declares dividend!

The directors of Blue Ridge Financial Corporation, the holding company for Oconee County’s Blue Ridge Bank, recently declared a cash dividend in the amount of $204,799.00, or $.50 a share. The cash dividend is payable to stockholders on record by Monday, December 1. It’s the same rate paid to stockholders in 2013. The announcement was made by Glenn Buddin, the […]

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Health insurer goes out

On Thanksgiving Eve came official news of the collapse of a health insurance cooperative based in Seneca. State regulators ordered the closing of the South Carolina Health Cooperative after an analysis that the co-op could not continue without an infusion of $5 million dollars or more of additional capital. In a letter the director of the state Insurance Department, Raymond […]

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Why Keowee remains full and other lakes drop

South Carolina’s Seneca River and Georgia’s Tugaloo River meet underneath the water of Lake Hartwell to form the Savannah. Both rivers sport privately-owned reservoirs used to produce electricity for the region. The reservoirs also provide water for lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond—and therefore the rest of the basin. Stakeholders in the basin occasionally ask the U-S Army Corps of Engineers […]

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