Two home burglaries near Westminster

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Two home burglaries occurred near Westminster, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office appeals to the public for help in identifying those responsible for the crimes.  Medication and about $150 dollars were taken from a home on the Coffee Road—believed to have been stolen by a man or a woman or both who were visitors to the home.  The suspects in that […]

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Lining up Oconee’s third “spec” building

A unanimous vote by the Oconee County Council means the county will build its third “spec” building to use as a carrot to attract the industrial rabbit.  The county built two other spec buildings, but both are now occupied.  Russell Johnson, project manager for the Oconee Economic Alliance, said today a meeting will be held soon to work on details […]

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Planned Oconee development to be unique

The large church, along with a major business development, proposed for Oconee County property near Clemson will be unprecedented in South Carolina, from the standpoint of the national development company behind what is being called Hartwell Village.  The project is saiod to bep pursuing a hotel, a restaurant, and a movie theatre among other types of business.  Richard Blackwell, executive […]

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German auto project eying Oconee

An un-identified German automotive project is considering Oconee County.  The county’s economic development recruiter predicts the company will make a decision in the next couple of months.  Richard Blackwell this morning categorized the project, code-named “Project Crystal” in a “warm” status as to Oconee’s chances to land it.  He told the board of directors of the county’s Economic Alliance that […]

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The Great Recession left a hole in the pocket

In the years since the Great Recession, the country’s economy has tried to rebound, but the results are mixed.  In an analysis by the national news magazine Time found that some areas have fared better than others.  For Oconee County, Time magazine pegged the county’s household income of $45,204 in 2009 and $41,197 in 2014 after adjusting for inflation. That’s […]

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Donald “Don” Bishop Seay Sr.

Donald “Don” Bishop Seay Sr., 69, of 205 Horseshoe Dr., Seneca, died Wednesday at AnMed.  He was the husband of Linda Sue Meredith Seay.  A gathering of friends to honor Don’s life will be announced.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association,, or the National Kidney Foundation,  The family is at the […]

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Commemorative National Championship envelope


The Postal Service has announced the availability of special limited edition National Championship commemorative envelopes on sale at a half dozen South Carolina post offices, including the post offices in Seneca and Clemson.  The envelope depicts the success of the Clemson football Tigers.  It comes in a protective sleeve and features the logos of Alabama and Clemson and bears a […]

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Additional charges filed

The police in Seneca are announcing additional charges in their investigation of a case of child abuse.  Chief John Covington said an arrest warrant details the additional charge of inflicting serious bodily injury on a child against Leroy Lee Morris, in whose care the infant was left.  The child’s mother, Whitney Barnwell, has also been charged.  According to Covington, Barnwell […]

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Rotarians learn about the Cherokees

At this hour, the man behind the Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina is speaking to the Seneca Rotary Club.  Luther Lyle’s purpose today is to dispel some of the perceptions of the Indian tribe and, especially, clear up how Seneca got its name.  “It (Seneca) was a Cherokee town here on the Seneca River,” the retired school teacher […]

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Vandals’ act at Tillman Hall

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Vandals left their mark during the night at the Clemson landmark Tillman Hall.  The vandalism was reported to the police at 7:30 this morning.  Police say messages “Rename Tillman Hall” “Stop Honoring Tillman” were spray-painted on the building near the entrance.  The vandals’ act comes at a time when some people are calling for the university to rename the building […]

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