Seneca city office moves

The office of Bob Faires, Seneca utilities director, recently vacated its ground floor City Hall location to move to a new location in the revamped Lowery Building on nearby N. Second Street.  Customers, however, continue to pay bills and conduct other business at City Hall. Occupying Faires’ former City Hall space is Ed Halbig, director of planning and community development. […]

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PRT commissioners to vote tomorrow

At their meeting tomorrow, the Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism commissioners vote on awarding grants to spend the latest batch of accommodations tax funds generated for Oconee County use.  According to Phil Shirley, PRT executive director, about $65 thousand dollars is available.  Applying for the money are seven grant applications.  The commissioners’ vote, in the form of a recommendation to […]

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ACT scores drop statewide

Disappointment greets the announcement today of the scores from a test to measure readiness for college and career.  The 2016 scores of graduating seniors statewide show that only 14% of the graduates met the ACT college-ready benchmarks in English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science.  The average ACT composite score of 18.5 for SC students fell short of the national average of […]

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Drug arrests early Monday in Seneca

The police in Seneca arrested three people on drug charges during the early hours of Monday morning in two different parts of the city.  Two Greenville County residents were arrested after the police stopped a car on the 123 By-Pass.  Multiple charges were placed against Dominic Frank Salerno of Simpsonville and Tracie Michelle Sargent of Taylors.  The police say they […]

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SC history made in Anderson courtroom

For the first time in South Carolina history, a facility dog has been used to assist during live trial testimony in a courtroom. Roma, the first courthouse Facility Dog in South Carolina, made her debut in an Anderson courtroom today when she accompanied a witness as she testified on the stand. The Honorable J. Cordell Maddox ruled in favor of the State’s motion made […]

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Elizabeth Ann Lewis Massey Coogler

Clinton, SC— Ann Lewis Coogler passed into the presence of Our Lord, on August 22, 2016. A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at Davenport Funeral Home, Walhalla, SC, Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 4:00 PM. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 3:00-4:00 PM. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery, Walhalla, SC. […]

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Split verdict by Oconee jury

A 22-year old Townville man has been found guilty on three of five charges.  The judge’s sentence sends Robert Jeffrey Hughes to prison for five years, followed by five years probation.  The Oconee jury found Hughes guilty of failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen vehicle, and a lesser charge of malicious injury to property.  He […]

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Equipment troubles at the second-year Oconee jail

Oconee County wants the project general contractor to address equipment troubles at the second-year county jail.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw this afternoon confirmed that among those with concerns is Councilman Wayne McCall, chairman of the county’s law enforcement committee.  Crenshaw said, “Captain Pruitt has submitted a list of warranty items for New South Construction to address. The one year warranty expires […]

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Hospital annexation possibility in play

  The board that controls Oconee Memorial Hospital property has asked for more information from the city of Seneca about the possibility of annexation.  Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus, says, “It appears that our water and sewer rates would be significantly lower due to being inside the city limits.  The Board will consider the matter again at […]

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