Pursuit lands Seneca area man in jail

  For a second time in as many days, Oconee sheriff’s officers chased a suspected lawbreaker and, like Monday’s chase, they nabbed their suspect.  The Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 44-year old Seneca area man on multiple offenses.  Wayne Eugene Raffaldt of the Singing Pines Road was charged with driving under suspension; unlawful use of a license plate, […]

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Seneca leaders reject pay raise

The majority of Seneca’s elected leaders want nothing to do with the idea of a pay raise in exchange for their part-time duties in setting city policy.  Only Councilman Al Gaines cast a vote in favor of raising council members’ salary from $600 to $900 dollars a month effective in 2018.  The pay raise failed 8 to 1.  Councilman Anthony […]

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Mayor urges citizen forums

The Westminster mayor concedes the problems facing his city are many, but he’s a believer in the value of ideas that can be gleaned from the citizenry.  Mayor Brian Ramey yesterday said soon Westminster will begin to hold periodic forums.  He’s not promising everyone who attends and speaks will get the answer they want, but they will get the chance […]

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Expanding recreation can pay off for Westminster

The importance of a comprehensive recreation program was stressed during today’s meeting of the Westminster Rotary Club—by both the speaker and by a member of the audience who has seen its benefits.  The speaker, Mayor Brian Ramey, said he’s anxious to get hold of a plan by Clemson students who studied the possibilities for adding softball and baseball fields to […]

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Jack Milton Norris

Seneca, SC— Jack M. Norris, 51, husband of Carolyn D. Norris, of 112 Lone Wolf Place, Seneca, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 7, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Bountyland Church of God with entombment to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends […]

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215 register for Townville High reunion

In Townville, the farm-centered community that divides Oconee and Anderson counties, there once was a high school.  And that school and many of the memories made there are going to flood back during a reunion of the members of all graduating classes.  Mitchell Cole, a member of the 1965 graduating class, says 215 people have registered for Saturday night’s reunion […]

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“Enjoy your new downtown”

Streetscape work has slowed down and there are now few traffic barrels.  The general contractor, Hutch ‘n Son, urges Walhallans to “enjoy your new downtown area while we try to finish the remaining work.”  The next step is the sensor installation in the pavement for the signal lights at the intersections.  Doing this work will be a sub-contractor from Columbia, […]

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Mountain Rest prescribed burn today!

Crews from the U-S Forest Service gather at Mountain Rest this morning to undertake a prescribed burn of 1,500 acres near the Chattooga Ridge Road.  The pre-scribed burn is to start at 11 o’clock.  A spokesman for the Forest Service says it’s believed there will be no smoke impact in Oconee County.

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Walhalla students qualified for history contest

Ten Walhalla High students qualified for the South Carolina National History Day contest April 23 at Westwood High School in Blythewood.  The qualifying Walhalla students created top projects at both their school and the regional level.  National History Day involves students researching primary and secondary sources related to a topic of their choosing, with guidance from the teacher, and developing […]

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The flow of waste, a concern to commissioners

Oconee planning commissioners believe that education and some simple administrative changes can make a dent in the volumes of trash generated in the county.  Wayne McCall, the District Two councilman, worries that Oconee would have no disposal recourse if it loses its contract with a Georgia landfill.  And last night McCall met with the Oconee Planning Commission to consider how […]

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