Seneca to dole out the money!

In a meeting this morning at City Hall, the Seneca Finance Committee recommended approval of $158 thousand worth of applications for funds from the city’s “HAT” account–the Hospitality and Accommodations Tax fund.  A total of $60 thousand was recommended to pay for the Seneca Fest on Memorial Day weekend 2016. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Oconee jobless rate at 5.2%

The newest figures peg the Oconee County jobless rate practically halfway between the state and the national averages.  For November, 5.2% of the Oconee workforce was out of work but actively trying to find new employment.  According to the state Department of Employment and Workforce, 33,426 members of the county’s total workforce of 35,259 are gainfully employed.  The seasonally adjusted […]

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Smash-up in front of Brown Elementary

Authorities at the traffic accident scene in front of Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary say the main two things to take from this morning’s accident are no injuries and the crash occurred by the time most school traffic had come and gone.  The accident, around 8:15 this morning, involved a car and two small pickup trucks and is investigated by city […]

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He’s running again!

The sitting Oconee County treasurer is going to stand in 2016 for public office once again.  Greg Nowell last night announced his intent to run for a third term as Oconee Treasurer.  A retired CPA, Nowell has served the county since February 1, 2007.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Anticipated service from Bountyland tower

A Verizon representative predicts a new communications tower will be finished and on-the-air for service from Bountyland by the middle part of next year.  Officials involved in the permitting and real estate dealings required to put up a 95-foot monopole on SC 28/the Blue Ridge Boulevard have responded to cell phone customers’ inquiries received by 101.7/WGOG NEWS.  Jim La Pann, […]

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Oconee trout find new habitat in the midlands

A helicopter and a special lift bucket lowered thousands of rainbow and brown trout this week into the lower Saluda River near Columbia.  They came from the Walhalla National Fish Hatchery in Oconee County.  The cold waters released from the bottom of Lake Murray provide suitable habitat for the trout in the Saluda River, creating a unique and popular fishery […]

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Graduation Day

A ceremony yesterday in Greenville awarded degrees to about 1,250 Clemson University students.  On the Clemson campus, 82 doctoral degrees were handed out in the university’s first Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.  The doctoral hood is a symbolic honor to scholars who have attained the highest level of formal education.  Clemson President Clements encouraged the new Ph.D.s to use their talents and […]

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Warrants obtained against Mountain Rest man

A Mountain Rest man remained in jail late yesterday afternoon under a combined surety bond amounting to $180 thousand.  The Sheriff’s Office announced warrants charging 61-year old Robert Lee with an in-appropriate relationship with a 15-year old girl.  The charges are listed as criminal solicitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  […]

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Serious SC 11 accident near school made worse

At last report, state troopers continued to investigate an accident this afternoon on n. highway 11 not far from Walhalla High.  Authorities say a van and a tractor-trailer trucker were involved and the van, according to Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King, left the scene but was later stopped by the West Union police.  The tractor-trailer truck sustained a significant diesel […]

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So far, no one except incumbents

Unless something changes between now and noon tomorrow, Seneca’s 2016 election ballot will contain no one other than an incumbent.  The deadline to declare as a ballot candidate for the March 8 election falls at the noon hour tomorrow.  To date, Mayor Dan Alexander is alone in his race for re-election.  The candidates for the four available council seats are […]

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