West Union political stirrings!

Two men have emerged, so far, to run for an unexpired seat on the West Union Town Council. Elections Director Joy Brooks this afternoon identified the qualified candidates as Doug Moore and Chad Thomas. Qualifying for the special September 9 election runs until noon Monday, July 7.

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Pickens County municipal house fire

Many of Pickens County’s fire fighting resources have been deployed today to a house fire in the town of Norris. As a result, Oconee County fire fighters are providing station coverage for some of the departments engaged in the fire fighting. Keowee fire fighters are manning the Six Mile station, while Corinth-Shiloh volunteers are covering Clemson University.

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Preferred campus property described

To hear the chairman of Oconee’s state lawmakers tell it, an announcement is likely soon on a permanent Oconee County campus for Tri-County Technical College. And this afternoon a Tech commissioner, realtor John Powell, says there is a preferred location to build. Powell describes the property as 20 acres in size in a central part of the county.

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Pro golfers to raise money for Safe Harbor

A second-year member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association with a Seneca background is returning to her hometown to raise money for a worthy cause—Oconee’s first shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Austin Ernst practically grew up on the Cross Creek golf course where her father, Mark Ernst, serves as pro. She golfed for Seneca High, then at Louisiana State […]

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Luring development to I-85

Oconee County should keep in mind that when it comes to attracting economic development it’s likely to have an ally in the man who runs the office of the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Columbia. At last night’s meeting of the County Council and the county’s state Legislative Delegation, Representative Bill Sandifer said the contact (Bobby Hitt) is someone […]

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Sandifer welcomes the public

Gathered around one table last night at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center were the eight men with the responsibility to make government work for Oconee County—both at the local and state levels. But another important cog on the wheel of good government is the people. And the public filled last night’s meeting room. Their attendance was not lost on State Representative […]

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Tech campus announcement anticipated

Of Tri-County Technical College’s service territory, Oconee is the only county without a full-fledged satellite campus. That has been a sore point with the County Council who believes a home campus will better serve the workforce needs of employers. After County Councilman Reg Dexter raised the subject, State Representative Bill Sandifer predicted that a campus will soon be announced. Sandifer […]

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Local Government Fund addressed first

No one seemed surprised when Joel Thrift, chairman of Oconee County Council, took the prerogative to make the state’s Local Government Fund the first question of the evening. He sought the lawmakers’ view on the chances for the state aid to counties’ fund to be replenished to levels pre-2007 recession. Two of the lawmakers responded by saying that, as the […]

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Delegation-Council meeting draws a crowd!

A rare meeting of the Oconee County Council and the county’s state Legislative Delegation ended last night with pledges to ensure there will be more in the future. As the leaders wound down after an hour and a half, it was a matter of finding suitable dates on their calendars for the next meetings. Last night’s meeting seemed to open […]

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Walhalla’s Independence Eve celebration

 Walhalla celebrates the country’s birthday on Independence Eve. Vanessa Penton of the Greater Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone at 6 o’clock Thursday evening for the fun, the food and the fireworks. There will be food booths, bouncy houses and music. The fireworks will begin shortly after 9 o’clock.

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