Hugh Francis Ables

Hugh Francis Ables, 83, died Wednesday at GHS Cottingham House.  He was the husband of Betty Rogers Ables.  Mr. Ables owned and operated Sunny Brite Eggs in Seneca and served on both the Oconee School Board and the County Council.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a-m Saturday at Seneca Baptist Church.  The family receives friends from 10 […]

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Brian Ramey’s pitch to Westminster Council

Following an executive session last night, Westminster City Council took no action. The council went into a private meeting with its attorney to discuss negotiations related to a Chauga River conservation easement granted Upstate Forever, opposed Brian Ramey and other Ramey neighbors. During public comment, Ramey referred to a proposal that he has made to the city and elaborated on […]

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I-85 corridor sewer plan gets high score

A plan to lay the first sewer pipes along Oconee’s four-mile stretch of interstate highway received a high score today from an advisory committee. The Capital Project Advisory Committee did not differentiate between Phase One or the entire plan as recommended by Richard Blackwell, the county Economic Alliance director. Blackwell estimates fulfilling all sewer needs at three I-85 interchanges will […]

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The mayor will invite discussion

After two Westminster council members took opposite positions, Mayor Rick McCormick said he will devote part of next month’s meeting to whether his city is too aggressive in enforcing sign rules. A Bible class sign judged in violation of the city’s rules led to a debate last night between council members Yousef Mefleh and Bill Brockington that ended without resolution. […]

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Westminster leaders resolve issue to produce new budget

Westminster has a new budget in place for the new government year that beginin seven days. The budget ordinance passed last night, although two councilmen objected to what Mayor Rick McCormick described as a $10 thousand administrative package for Jeff Lord, who will start his second year as city administrator. Councilmen Doug Williams and Yousef Mefleh objected. But their sentiments […]

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32-year old man sent to prison for 40 years

A 32-year old man in Anderson has been sent to prison for 40 years at the end of a murder trial in the General Sessions Court. Judge Scott Sprouse handed down the sentence to Jeremiah Johnson after a jury convicted Johnson of the murder and armed robbery of Chandrakant “C-J” Patel. Part of a family that managed an I-85 Exxon […]

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Underground rock retards Streetscape work

An encounter with sub-surface rock slowed Streetscape progress late yesterday afternoon in Walhalla. The impediment caused by rock beneath the ground is something that workers expect to re-cur through out the project. The electrical sub-contractor has started the installation of underground power lines to replace those above street level. Yesterday work continued on the new sewer service connection for Martha’s […]

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Laura Mae Armstrong Wyatt

Laura Mae Armstrong Wyatt, 92, of West Union, died Tuesday at Lila Doyle Nursing Home.  She was the widow of Elford Smith Wyatt.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers are accepted. Memorials may be made to the Oconee Humane Society, POB 966, West Union, SC  29696.  The family is at the residence.  Davenport Funeral […]

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South Carolina’s turn to prepare for the “worst”

About every eight years, states that are home to fixed nuclear facilities are required by the federal government to prepare for the worst. Now it’s South Carolina’s turn. Next month in Florence, the state will host an “Ingestion Pathway Exercise”—during which the nuclear industry, state and county emergency management teams, radiation experts and others will devise intricate plans on how […]

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Something for the community and the fire department

The lunch meal you buy Saturday at Keowee-Ebenezer Fire Department will help a volunteer Oconee County fire department. Saturday’s BBQ lunch serves as the annual fundraiser for the department. You can dine-in or take-out a plate at the fire station, 7031 Keowee School Road, next to the elementary school. Plates are $8 dollars. You get BBQ, baked beans, cole slaw, […]

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