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United Way campaign kicks off

September 20, 2013

Westminster’s W-P Anderson Park will be the setting tomorrow for the kickoff to the 2013 Oconee United Way Campaign. The United Way’s LaShauna Harrison says the event will also dedicate Oconee County’s first Born Learning Trail. The events begin at 10 in the morning at the park on W. North Avenue—next to the Westminster Library.

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Meth bust the result of Seneca traffic stop

September 20, 2013

A late night traffic stop Wednesday in Seneca led the police to confiscate crystal methamphetamine, cash, and other items. The police say the driver, Larry Neil Gibson, Jr., 47, of Cottontail Drive, Westminster, was charged with meth trafficking. A policeman said erratic maneuvers on By-Pass 123 in the vicinity of the overhead bridge prompted him…

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No change in the jobless rate

September 20, 2013

The Oconee County jobless rate in August remained unchanged at 8.8%. So did the state’s percentage of 8.1% which held for both July and August. According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment has shown little movement since April. In August, the number of Oconeeans employed was pegged at 28, 926, while 28-hundred were…

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Citizens group declares victory

September 20, 2013

A citizens group that fought to stop Pioneer Rural Water from building a treatment plant inside a Lake Hartwell residential area has proclaimed victory after mobilizing about two and a half years ago. The coalition Stop Pioneer Now has declared its work complete, after being assured by state authorities that a final, revised permit requires…

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Opposition dwindles and permit approved

September 20, 2013

A new Sheriff, a new location, and a mix of new zoning officials translated last night to the approval Oconee County needs to build its replacement jail on the cemetery side of the county Law Enforcement Center. Unlike two years ago, no one from the public spoke in opposition and the vote granting a special…

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Special exception OK’d

September 19, 2013

Oconee tonight is on the way to getting a new jail. The Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals voted to grant the county a special exception that’ll allow the new jail to be built on the cemetery side of the current penal facility. The vote was 5-1-1. And afterward Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said he’s confident that…

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TV pilot to film at the Lighthouse

September 19, 2013

A Lake Keowee restaurant developer says a film company will use parts of his restaurant for an episode of a pilot TV program. Dick Cottingham of the Lighthouse Restaurant says Orion Star Productions of Burbank, California hopes to use the Lighthouse bar in making the series called “Morningside.” From what Cottingham understands Morningside will attempt…

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Saluting Seneca’s teachers of the year!

September 19, 2013

Teachers of the Year from Seneca’s five public schools were treated to lunch and given plaques by the Rotary Club. Rotarian Wayne Gallimore said he’s impressed that the choices made as to who deserves teacher of the year are selections made by the teacher’s peers. This year’s honor goes to Tara Bowen of Seneca High…

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Washington squabble puts Duncan visit at risk

September 19, 2013

The partisan discord in the nation’s capital between Democrats and Republicans over Obamacare and a potential government shutdown may force Congressman Jeff Duncan to cancel plans next week to make public appearances in Oconee County. Seneca Rotary Club President Lowell Macher today spoke in a tone of resignation that Duncan will have to cancel his…

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Honea: an early Sewer South believer

September 19, 2013

Emissary or intermediary? Which title befits a southern Oconeean who has been a believer in Sewer South and the Golden Corner Commerce Park from the early days? Ryan Honea this week drew the thanks of Council Chairman Joel Thrift by taking the time and effort to speak to southern Oconeeans whose properties run along the…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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