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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An “Award of Excellence” for Oconee Economic Alliance

The magazine Expansion Solutions has included the Oconee Economic Alliance as a “Top Five” economic development organization for Metal Fabrication.  The award recognizes Oconee’s public-private partnership for exceptional progress in recruiting new business and working with existing industries.  Glenn Buddin, chairman of the board of directors, said, “The Metal Fabrication industry within Oconee County is a strong part of our […]

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Those with an excused absence Monday night

Clemson football players and band members get an excused absence for missing class on and around the championship game.  But, to what extent should others be allowed to miss school or even work, especially considering the game likely will run late into Monday night?  The executive director of the Clemson Chamber of Commerce, Dave Lane, has some succinct advice to […]

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