New House Speaker names committees

Oconee’s two resident members of the State House of Representatives today are completing two days of organizing for a new legislative year. After receiving committee assignments, the House stands adjourned until January 13, 2015, the first day of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly. Jay Lucas, the new Speaker of the South Carolina House, appointed Seneca’s Bill Sandifer to the […]

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Josh Stephens attends statewide meet

Oconee County’s Josh Stephens was among 50 local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina who completed the 2014 South Carolina Economic Development Institute. Institute attendees received their Certificates of Completion during the final day of the 2014 Institute held at the City of Greer Events Complex. During the quarterly, two-day sessions, participants traveled to different locations throughout the […]

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Christmas ornaments lost in Main Street mishap

Although most if not all service has been restored, crews continued to work this morning on electric poles and lines on Main Street in West Union. The power outage that started yesterday afternoon and went several hours into the night was caused by a large tree that fell, bringing down Duke Energy and Northland Cable-TV lines. Town of West Union […]

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Ordinance 2014-24 now the law

An ordinance to provide county-funded legal defense and limited indemnification for Oconee County employees passed on third and final reading. Council’s vote last night was once again 3-2, with Thrift, Corbeil and Dexter in favor and Cain and McCall opposed. A final vote scheduled November 18 was tabled to allow County Attorney Tom Martin to make changes in the ordinance […]

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Attorney explains how private meetings pay off

Executive sessions by government create distrust on the part of some members of the citizenry who decry taking the public’s business behind closed doors. But the Oconee County Attorney last night suggested that patience can be a virtue. For a rare time, there was no need for a private meeting following last night’s county council open session. Perhaps, the reason […]

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Michelin is the “street talk” in Fair Play

An investment of $250 million dollars, between 150-175 jobs—and jobs that pay as much as $22.50 an hour. Oconee County leaders last night were not identifying the manufacturing company that’s headed to the Golden Corner Commerce Park, but “street talk” in Fair Play is that “Project Sarah” will translate to a Michelin plant. And this morning the Anderson Independent-Mail quotes […]

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West Union gets re-energized!

A tree toppled onto a transformer line along West Union’s Main Street and with it went the electric power yesterday afternoon to about half of the town and a part of adjoining Walhalla.  Town Hall, traffic lights, and shopping centers were among those affected.  Crews worked into the night and, according to Oconee County Dispatch, it’s believed that all electric […]

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Scam resurfaces

A scam that recently victimized some Walhalla residents has apparently spread to Seneca. And the public is once again asked to be careful. According to the police and city officials, telephone calls from out of the country are being made to local numbers. Those receiving the calls are being warned they face seeing their electric power disconnected unless they put […]

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Who is stealing the precious metals?

The company BASF and Crime Stoppers of Oconee are offering reward money for information regarding losses of precious metals from the plant.  In October, the loss of metal at the BASF plant near Seneca led to an investigation in which a Walhalla man was arrested on breach of trust charges.  Now Crime Stoppers offers up to $2 thousand and BASF […]

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“Lines down everywhere”

A tree fell on a power line on West Union’s Main Street this afternoon–resulting in an electric power outage affecting about half of the town, as well as a nearby part of adjoining Walhalla.  Duke Energy crews have been called to the area of West Union Main Street near Town Hall.  Meantime, motorists should avoid that area and make alternate […]

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