Mary Lou Bowlby

Mary Lou Shirley Bowlby, 81, of 501 Circle Hill Dr., Seneca died Tuesday at GHS Cottingham Hospice House.  She was the widow of Willis Jacob Bowlby.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Walhalla to put on the big feed!

Walhalla will offer German food at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon under the tent at Sertoma Field.  It’s a free lunch for everyone, although the organizers request you make a small donation.  The luncheon and the weekend of activities both at Sertoma Field and the downtown are often a magnet to politicians—especially around election time.  It’s a tradition that those running […]

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Larry Dickson mulls School Board run

An Earles Grove resident and businessman is considering a run next year for the school board seat from the southern section of Oconee, and he says what’s going on in the northern part of the county has motivated him.  If he runs, Larry Dickson will seek the District Five seat, now held by Buddy Herring.  This is not the first time that […]

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Construction zone to be cleaned up for Oktoberfest


The Streetscape contractor has directed its workers today to start a cleanup in the downtown Walhalla construction area to get ready for Oktoberfest.  Hutch ‘N Son expects Duke Energy to take down some overhead power lines while its crews remove old Main Street poles between Catherine and Tugaloo.  The electrical work is continuing and with a little luck, according to […]

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Three weeks later, fire still a mystery

The Seneca Fire Department has finished its investigation of last month’s destructive fire at the Crescent Point apartments—-without determining why that fire started.  Chief Jan Oliver last night once again stated, for a certainty, that the fire started on a second floor balcony, but his department could not figure out how it started.  Oliver says he’s pinning his hopes now […]

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“We are losing our youth”

One public speaker during last night’s Seneca City Council meeting appealed to those in town with deep pockets to come forward and build a skateboard rink for youngsters.  Standing in front of the mayor and council, Linda Lay said, “We are losing our youth.”  Lay expressed special concern for children in the sixth thru the eighth grades who, she says, […]

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Severe economic consequences predicted in Salem

When a small town loses a school something strikes at the heart of the community.  And the councilwoman who represents Salem envisions severe economic consequences for the town—if the county school trustees vote to close the combination middle and high school  Last night District One’s Edda Cammick renewed her attempt to persuade her Oconee County Council colleagues to commit $250 […]

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Mayor makes statement on the Hammond case


At least for now, the job of the Seneca police chief and those of the police officers involved in what happened to Zachary Hammond are safe.  Mayor Dan Alexander last night conceded that Seneca is a city divided but, he said, there has been a lot of speculation and a lot of lies being told to twist the truth.  Alexander […]

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Westminster re-zoning application tabled

After a hearing last night, Westminster Planning Commission tabled an application to rezone nearly 38 thousand square feet of vacant property in the vicinity of 9200 Long Creek Highway.  Tamy Sanford, code compliance and development coordinator, said the commissioners decided to wait for the finish of the city’s comprehensive plan and the chance to look at land use in the […]

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