Road work begins Monday in northern Oconee

Major road construction work is scheduled to start Monday on South Carolina 130 south of the North Carolina line. The work, to be performed by crews from King Asphalt of Liberty, will take place on 130 from N. Little River Road to the state line. Projected date to complete the project is September 30. King Asphalt hopes all motorists using […]

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Warren Phillip “Phil” Durham

Warren Phillip “Phil” Durham, 68, of 1556 Dr. John’s Road, Westminster died Wednesday at the Cottingham Hospice House.  He was the husband of Betty Dickson Durham.  For 31 years, he worked as a welding instructor at the Hamilton Career Center.  A graveside service will be 11 a-m Saturday at First Baptist Memorial Park. There is no formal visitation.  The family […]

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Graduation ceremonies this weekend!

Oconee County is getting ready to send out hundreds of young adults into the world beyond high school. Ceremonies are planned Friday for the seniors of Seneca, West-Oak, and Tamassee-Salem, while Walhalla seniors get their diplomas Saturday. Most of the schools are holding graduation in their football stadiums. If there is rain Saturday morning, Walhalla will move its ceremony into […]

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Vouchers still available

There are still Farmers Market vouchers to be distributed by the United Way in downtown Seneca.  They’ll be issuing vouchers until 3 o’clock this afternoon to those senior citizens who qualify.  All you have to do is go to the United Way office and bring proof of identity, residence, and household income information. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Why Lake Keowee dropped over the holiday weekend?

A Duke Energy official has offered an explanation why the level of Lake Keowee dropped Memorial Day weekend as the holiday weekend wore on. The answer given by Duke’s George Galleher relates to several weeks of maintenance at the utility’s Bad Creek hydro station. The work required was described as a significant increase pump-back into Lake Jocassee to fill Bad […]

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Scott to speak at church event

U-S Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, will be in Seneca this month for a church event. Scott has been named speaker for a “God and Country” celebration arranged by Seneca Baptist Church, Utica Baptist Church, and the College Street Baptist Church of Walhalla. The event will take place Sunday, June 28 at the Seneca church. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Administrator’s work cut out for him

Scott Moulder’s note-taking was a reminder of the marching orders he was given during last night’s Oconee County Council meeting. Before making any decisions, the council will rely on its administrator to research a handful of questions. One is whether the county should join a lawsuit on behalf of five low state counties that seeks to recover lost deed recording […]

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Sheriff’s officer pleads for county raises

A sheriff’s officer appealed to Oconee County Council to award pay raises to county employees who, like other municipal residents, are being impacted by proposals to raise utility charges where they live. Capt. Jeff Underwood urged the council to raise taxes, as an investment in a good, quality workforce. As far as law enforcement is concerned, Underwood called attention to […]

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Plane tax suit debated again

Wayne McCall directed an outburst last night at Ken Nix, as the Oconee County Council again considered whether to settle a lawsuit alleging the owners of an airplane owe back taxes. Chairman McCall interrupted Auditor Nix, as Nix defended and explained his part in the lawsuit. The outburst came when Nix referred to McCall and two other council members and […]

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