Oconee has a deal for property owners 65 and older

If you are an Oconee property taxpayer aged 65 or older, the county offers a deal.  By contacting the Auditor’s Office, you can qualify for Homestead Exemption–an exemption of taxes on the first $50 thousand value of your legal residence.  The exemption also applies to homeowners who are legally blind or totally and permanently disabled.  If you think you qualify […]

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Graham cautious about new health care bill

Senator Lindsey Graham released a statement this afternoon on his reaction to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 that was unveiled today in the Senate.  “I will carefully review this legislation to ensure that if it were to become law, it would be beneficial to the people of South Carolina.”  Graham went to say, “South Carolinians want Obamacare repealed […]

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Marie Pitts

Seneca, SC— Marie Pitts, 92, wife of the late Ray Ernest Pitts, of 1894 Westminster Hwy, Walhalla, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at For A Season Assisted Living.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Davenport Funeral Home with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM, […]

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Road work and later spec building in empty industry park

A committee of the Oconee County Council heard this week the latest timeline for getting things going at the former hayfield that represents the county’s next best hope to attract new economic development.  Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance told a meeting of the council’s planning and economic development committee that the next thing to anticipate at the Golden Corner […]

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Admission to sex offenses bring five-year term

“I’m truly sorry.  I’m tormented every day.”  Those were the words from a 68-year old man who pleaded guilty this morning in Oconee General Sessions Court to sex offenses with children.  Judge Scott Sprouse accepted the recommendation of Deputy Solicitor Lindsey Simmons to send Donnie Lane King to prison for five years.  The sentences could have been stiffer, but the […]

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After a night to reflect, no change

No change reported this morning in Westminster’s precarious budget situation.  After last night’s late hour meeting, Mayor Brian Ramey said only two options remain.  They are to wait for city council members to agree on cutting the proposed budget or for someone on council to bring back for consideration the Oconee County offer to takeover the municipal fire department.   […]

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Walhalla touts fireworks on Independence Eve

  Everyone has an invitation to be in Walhalla to celebrate the document that long ago declared the 13 original colonies to be independent of English rule.  Walhalla’s official July 4 celebration will be an Independence Eve event at 6:30 Tuesday night, July 3 at the Walhalla Soccer Field—one block from Main Street.  Civic and church groups will sell food […]

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At loggerheads over the Westminster budget

The members of Westminster City Council remained last night in disagreement over how to wipe out a projected deficit of several hundreds of thousands of dollars as their new government year fast approaches.  At the start of a budget workshop, City Administrator Chris Carter told the mayor and council that, by law, the city is obligated to have in place […]

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