Not giiving up on Covidien

It’s one thing for a company to say it will move part of its business to Central America, it’s another to be able to pull it off. And pulling it off apparently is something in the way of Covidien from closing its plant near Seneca and moving the business to Costa Rica. At this morning’s meeting of the Oconee Economic […]

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“2015 is going to look good”

For a couple of months, there has been ebb and flow in the Oconee County jobless rate—-6.7% in July to 7.3% in August, the last month for which the state reports figures. But Richard Blackwell predicts the local job picture will get better by year’s end and during 2015. Economic development recruiter Blackwell indicated to his board of directors today […]

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Seneca crimes and mishaps early today

The police in Seneca are looking for a robber this morning. The holdup took place around 3:30 at the Plez-U convenience store on S. Oak Street. No one hurt. Capt. Robert Tribble says a nearby incident of malicious damage is being evaluated to determine if it has a connection with the robbery. The police also investigated a moped accident at […]

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Judge to rule on bond request

The 10th Circuit Solicitor’s office and other parties in the case are awaiting a judge’s ruling on a renewed bond request for an Oconee County murder defendant. Judge Mark Hayes took under advisement yesterday’s request to set bond for Joshua Randall Ferguson, charged with murder in 2013 of Charles Benson Cantrell. The body was found face down behind a home […]

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Chase ends at suspect’s home

Near Tamassee early today, a fast acceleration from a stopped position on Little River Road and an eventual quick turn onto Whitmire Church Road raised the suspicions of an Oconee County sheriff’s deputy. The chase that ensued wound up near highway 11 and the arrest of a driver. Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Watt says the following traffic tickets were issued to […]

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Title IX training module content under review

Clemson University has suspended an online Title IX training module to further review the content.  “This online course, used by other universities across the country, was selected to be given to undergraduate students this summer and fall as part of a comprehensive effort to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment and assault in response to growing concerns about these incidents on campuses […]

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Seneca pursues annexation east of the city limit

Seneca leaders want to grow their city boundaries by 34 acres—by annexing a city owned building and related properties. In a noon hour City Hall meeting today, the city’s Facilities Corporation voted 5-0 to pursue the annexation of its Seneca Rail Site industrial building and connected property. The building and grounds there are a joint project by the city and […]

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Westminster area accidents

Law enforcement officers report two accidents today, both of which apparently occurred near the Westminster city limits.  In one accident a driver’s vehicle hit a utility pole on 123 in the vicinity of the Seed Farm Road.  State troopers also reported a later accident with injuries on E. Main Street and Park Avenue.

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