Nearly one year in, hospital finances stable

Congressman Jeff Duncan toured Oconee Memorial Hospital this week and spoke with the hospital's top leaders--Hunter Kome and Jeanne Ward

Oconee Memorial Hospital officials viewed a visit by their U-S congressman as an opportune time to impress on the lawmaker the continuing challenges that small, rural hospitals face.  Those challenges have much to do with smaller re-imbursements to cover Medicare and Medicaid payments.  Yet nearly a year into joining Greenville Health System, the financial picture for Oconee Memorial is better, […]

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Health care the focus as lawmaker tours hospital

Until yesterday, the last time Congressman Jeff Duncan had seen the Oconee Memorial Hospital was 2009 during his first campaign for the U-S House of Representatives.  On his return visit yesterday, Duncan was anxious to catch up—specifically how the hospital fares as part of a larger operation, the Greenville Health System.   Going into his tour yesterday, Duncan was aware that […]

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“Too much violence, too much killing….”

  On a visit to Seneca, Congressman Jeff Duncan weighed in on last month’s fatal shooting of a young man by a policeman.  Duncan’s response to questions asked by 101.7/WGOG NEWS came on the same day of the news that the FBI has started a civil rights investigation into the death of Zachary Hammond.  Duncan says he supports law enforcement, […]

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Floyd Bond

Floyd Clinton Bond, 75, of 145 Bond Road, Westminster died Tuesday at the Cottingham Hospice House.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Thursday from the chapel of the Sandifer Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GHS, Hospice of the Foothills, Attn: Foundation Office, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC  29672.  Family members are at their homes. […]

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West Union tax increase

A water line is behind the decision to raise taxes in West Union.  Mayor Linda Oliver says town council last night agreed to raise the tax rate by 2.3 mills this year to generate money to help offset the cost of a replacement water line in the vicinity of Burns Mill Road.  The plan is to apply for a grant […]

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Hammond’s parents to hold news

The parents of Zachary Hammond are holding a news conference this afternoon at Greenville.  Their attorney, Eric Bland, says Angie and Paul Hammond will make some brief statements and answer questions.  The news conference comes amid reports that the couple will ask the FBI to join the investigation of their son’s death.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Community meeting at Fair Play

Changes that the Oconee Planning Commission is considering to the county’s comprehensive plan are fair game for discussion during a series of community meetings that begin tomorrow night.  The first will be in Fair Play at 6 o’clock at the Community Center, in the former public school building.  Ryan Honea, Fair Play resident and member of the planning commission, invites […]

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Second hopeful for Walhalla mayor

A second man is declaring his intentions to run this year for Walhalla mayor.  It’s a four-year office to be decided by city voters in November.  The newest candidate is Lakeside Drive resident Dennis Owens.   Owens says he sees good things ahead for Walhalla with Streetscape and the Palmetto Trail and, as a retiree, believes he has the time to […]

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Streetscape to move to north side of Main


Within the next couple of days, the contractor predicts, work on Walhalla Streetscape will move to the north side of Main Street.  According to Hutch ‘N Son, traffic control devices will be transferred to the north side of Main at Catherine Street to start the demolition of the block on the north side from Catherine to College.  Rain has hampered […]

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