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A health payment to the county treasury

January 21, 2014

Oconee County now has money which gives it room to operate for another year. Oconee’s top taxpayer came through last week with a pair of checks to satisfy its annual obligation. Connie Bellotte of the Oconee Treasurer’s Office says the two checks from Duke Energy amount to $27,632,423.15 cents. The total payment reflects Duke’s 2013…

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Oconee manufacturer to expand

January 21, 2014

Production at a manufacturing plant near Westminster is expected to increase as the result of an expansion announcement. Sandvik Inc., maker of carbide inserts for the metal cutting industry, is announcing a $12 million investment. And the director of its Westminster production unit, Anders Hillman, says, “This investment is a continuation of our commitment to…

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Cathcart appears to be the one!

January 21, 2014

Reports today out of Greenwood indicate that Gene Cathcart is leaving his job as the head football coach of the Greenwood Eagles to become the next head coach of the Seneca Bobcats. A Greenwood newspaper and the high school’s face book site are both reporting Cathcart is Seneca bound. However, on the Oconee County side…

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In-service day today!

January 21, 2014

Oconee public school students get a break today! It’s an in-service day across the school district, meaning teachers report but students do not.

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Conservation easements explained

January 21, 2014
Conservation easements explained

Thirty Oconee landowners received information Saturday about conservation easements during a breakfast meeting sponsored by Oconee Forever. Speakers included Shea Airey, chairman of the Oconee Conservation Bank; landowner Rex Ramsey; and Erin Knight, land trust director for Upstate Forever. Ramsey told the story of his family’s land and how he used conservation easements to protect…

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Statewide hopeful encouraged by crowd

January 21, 2014

The campaign for a hopeful for statewide office from Anderson County describes the candidate as encouraged by the response to his formal announcement for office. Gary Burgess chose Martin Luther King Day to announce his candidacy for state Superintendent of Education. And the Republican chose a former African-American school house in Anderson to make the…

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Zoning hearings tonight

January 21, 2014

Zoning changes are at the forefront of public hearings tonight in Seneca and Westminster. At Seneca City Hall, David Thompson and James Montague go before the planning commission to request a neighborhood commercial zone for 923 and 924 E. Main Street. Those properties are now zoned R-6. The hearing begins at 6 o’clock. As part…

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“Sadness beyond words”

January 21, 2014

Oconee County Councilman Archie Barron has died. Council Chairman Joel Thrift says Barron died at 4:30 yesterday afternoon at Oconee Medical Center. An announcement is to be made this morning as to the status of tonight’s regularly scheduled council meeting. Barron’s death is being mourned. And one of his admirers tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS her reaction…

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Field of candidates is final

January 17, 2014

When the clock struck 12 today, the books closed for those Seneca residents running this year for their city council. At the close of the deadline, the field was split evenly—between challengers and incumbents. Those council members whose four-year terms are expiring who are running again are Andrea Alewine, Scott Durham, Ernest Riley, and Joel…

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Act 98 to fund three OC road projects

January 17, 2014

The SC Department of Transportation has approved contracts to resurface more than 270 roads in 33 counties. Oconee will see three road projects as part of the first group of projects approved under Act 98 using revenue collected from the state vehicle sales tax. The Oconee re-surfacing will take place at Whitfield Road in Fair…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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