Keep hope alive for the Courthouse Inn

A reprieve of a few days has been granted the project to allow developers to turn the former Oconee Courthouse into a hotel. Last night John Powell told a committee of the Oconee County Council that he is not seeking a new extension of his lease, which is set to expire on Saturday. Instead Powell requested and the committee agreed […]

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South Carolina Apple Festival history

The South Carolina Apple Festival is coming soon, and the Westminster Library wants everyone to be ready. Leslie White of the Oconee Heritage Center will present a program at 5 p-m Tuesday, September 2 on the history of the festival, along with both the rise and decline of apple-growing in the area. For this program there will be displayed an […]

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Flags flying half-staff

At the request of Governor Nikki Haley, flags are flying at half-staff through sundown Saturday in honor of a serviceman killed this month in Afghanistan. Army Staff Sgt. Girard Glass Jr. of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina died August 3 in a field hospital from what the Defense Department says was a non-combat incident on patrol in the Nangarhar Province. Glass […]

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Ed Land to speak at Apple luncheon

A leading Oconee County agriculturist will make the featured talk at this year’s South Carolina Apple Festival luncheon, sponsored by the Westminster Rotary Club. Organizers have made arrangements to present Ed Land of Long Creek’s Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138-acre working farm to keynote the luncheon planned for 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, September 5. This year’s festival will be the […]

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Accountability test results

Results of two statewide education tests which have been given for the last time have been released by the Oconee County public schools. The Palmetto Assessment of State Performance (PASS,) a major accountability test for students in grades 3-8, produced results for Oconee students that, for the most part, trended upward from last year’s mixed results, according to Dr. Michael […]

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West Union agenda set

Ken Sloan, the director of the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, pays a visit tonight at the meeting of the West Union Town Council. Under old business, the mayor and council get an update on the Anderson Street project and plan votes on a sign for the town park and on engineering report for waterline projects. The council meeting […]

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Man arrested faces seven charges

A 23-year old Oconee County man, facing seven charges, remains locked up this morning in the county Detention Center on a combined surety bond of approximately 37 and a half thousand dollars. The charges against Chad Allen Phillips of Keowee Lakeshore Drive, Seneca arose from a traffic stop conducted Saturday night in northern Oconee County, in the vicinity of highway […]

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Municipal leaders see strength in numbers

Part of last night’s meeting of the Oconee Municipal Association was spent by the mayors and the council members simply getting to know each other. They agreed it has been far too long since they last met. Seneca Mayor Alexander, Walhalla Mayor Edwards and the others left Seneca City Hall last night in agreement that their cities can be served […]

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Public’s input can help solve crime

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office can use your help to solve the theft of last week of a vehicle near Salem. The crime was reported Thursday morning on n. highway 11 near Fall Creek Road. Stolen was a 1980s model Chevy flatbed with a grey cab and a black bed. Deputies quote the owner as saying that several batteries, some heavy […]

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Seneca intersection needs “open-heart surgery”

Seneca’s 123-130/E. N. 1st Street intersection has received a new coating of asphalt but, in the opinion of the city administrator, that’s not enough. Greg Dietterick last night said the intersection requires “open-heart surgery.” At a meeting of the Oconee Municipal Association, Dietterick said he’s hopeful that the government service agency, the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, can be […]

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