Watching “Arthur”

South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. As a result of the projected movement of tropical storm Arthur up the east coast, key agencies in South Carolina government have been notified to be ready to respond, if needed. Those in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions […]

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Salem begins year with balanced budget

In the general budget for the town of Salem, income and expenses are balanced—-at the figure of $549 thousand dollars. Salem’s new government year started today, after the budget was submitted for action during a special council meeting last night. The largest item of anticipated income during the next 12 months is $200 thousand, from a fire contract with Oconee […]

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At Salem, Williams to succeed Sprouse

Little River Community’s Jim Williams, an attorney in Seneca, has been selected by the Salem Town Council to become the town’s next judge—-starting in January 2015. That’s when Scott Sprouse, the current judge, becomes a circuit court judge, requiring him to resign his positions as municipal court judge. Williams was chosen last night during a special council meeting.

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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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