Talent pipeline for the future

Several of Oconee’s major employers are taking part today in a workforce opportunity summit whose focus is the county’s workforce and how to develop talent for the future. The meeting takes place at the Oconee School District’s Hamilton Career Center, an institution whose courses prepare high school students for entry to the workforce. But the Career Center wants to do […]

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Robert Hunter — pedestrial victim

Coroner Karl Addis says the victim of this morning’s fatal Seneca accident was 52-year old Robert Hunter. An autopsy has been ordered, but Addis says it appears Hunter suffered trauma on S. Poplar Street when hit by a pickup truck occupied by a man and his wife who were running a newspaper route. According to the coroner’s account, Hunter was […]

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Pedestrian death in Seneca

A 52-year old Seneca man died early this morning from apparent trauma after being hit by a pickup truck near a residential intersection. Coroner Karl Addis says he will release the name of the victim later today. 9-1-1 communications received a call shortly after 3 o’clock this morning of an incident on Seneca’s South Poplar Street near Scotland Drive and […]

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Re-design will cost Pioneer Rural Water

Pioneer Rural Water District anticipates a final vote by the Oconee County Council approving substitute acreage to allow PRWD to build its first treatment plant. As described during yesterday’s board of directors’ meeting, the 70-acres to be conveyed by the county are situated on highway 59 on the Fair Play side of Cleveland Creek. And, according to Pioneer General Manager […]

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Winner tallies three-vote margin

A resident of Schroder Street in West Union has been declared the unofficial winner of a seat on the town council. Last night’s tally gave Doug Moore 17 votes—three more than his only other ballot opponent, Chad Thomas. Thomas finished with 14. The two men sought to fill an unexpired term on the council.

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Police chief resigns

After six years, the West Union chief of police has resigned. Mayor Linda Oliver says Mike Eppes has decided to take a position with another department. Oliver says her town will start to look for a replacement. Eppes’ resignation leaves West Union with one officer, Austin Watson.

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Shed tear for the last year!

If you have Walhalla history about you, the high school hopes you’ll dig into your pile of mementoes and allow the school to borrow a picture to help the current students and faculty to better appreciate what they are leaving. This is the last year of the Walhalla High School on Razorback Lane before the move to the new school […]

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Plaintiff’s lawyer: facility “chronically short-staffed”

An attorney for the plaintiff says an elderly Walhalla woman died in the hospital after being a patient in a nearby privately-run nursing and rehabilitation facility. Attorney Kenneth Connor, in an opening statement to the jury today, blamed the Seneca Health and Rehabilitation Center for being short-staffed and for increasing profitability by cutting labor costs. The plaintiff’s attorney outlined evidence […]

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Rape and kidnapping alleged

The rape of a woman is alleged to have occurred last week at a rural Oconee County intersection, and the incident has led the Sheriff’s Office to jail a 48-year old man. Arrest warrant affidavits allege Michael Anthony Gilmore of Ginger Drive, Westminster committed kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree Friday, September 5 at South Carolina 24 and Crossroads […]

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Duke amends 2014 Oconee assessment

Oconee Auditor Ken Nix announced today that Duke Energy has changed its Oconee assessment for this year, and the correction will equate to an increase for the county.  Nix says his office received word late last week from the state Department of Revenue that Duke had made an error in York County and the result is that Duke’s Oconee assessment, […]

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