Second budget version voted

Oconee County councilmen, meeting as the budget committee, have accepted a substitute budget as presented by Scott Moulder, the county administrator. The council accepted an amendment from District One’s Paul Corbeil that restores $60 thousand for animal spay and neuter and adds $50 thousand for the Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau. The new budget version holds county spending to under […]

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Tractor-trailer fire near I-85

The driver of a tractor-trailer truck loaded with mini-blinds noticed smoke coming from the trailer and pulled to the side of I-85 late yesterday afternoon in Oconee County. The driver disconnected the trailer at exit 4. Fire fighters from Fair Play and Double Springs arrived to find the trailer in flames and were able to put a stop to the […]

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Seneca police find stolen truck, arrest driver

A pickup truck, the target of a Seneca traffic stop on Sunday, turned out to have been stolen. Its driver, Jerry Dale McCall of Anderson County, was charged by the police with possession of stolen vehicle. The police say they were aware of an alert from Oconee Sheriff’s Office, about the 1999 black Ford Ranger and became suspicious when they […]

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Tower and road requests

Tower and road development applications are headed this month to the Oconee County Board of Zoning Appeals. The tower application is not your normal communication tower, for which an exception must be made under the county’s zoning enabling law. It would be a 65-foot tower on Dogwood Hill Road near West Union. The applicant is one of the county’s approved […]

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At least two more Corbeil-Cammick matchups

In advance of next month’s GOP primary, there are to be at least two more joint appearances by the candidates seeking to be their party’s nominee for Seat One, Oconee County Council. Paul Corbeil and Edda Cammick are invited to appear at a Town of Salem forum to take place at 6:30 Thursday night at the Salem Community Center. Corbeil […]

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Project “Tau” to be unmaked next week

At a final reading next week by Oconee County Council, details are expected on a new economic development project that promises as many as 77 new jobs in Oconee County. So far, the project has been referred as the code name “Tau”—even though work on an existing building has been visible near Seneca. According to Richard Blackwell of the Oconee […]

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More trouble for Oconee mom

An Oconee mother arrested in Idaho and charged with custodial interference has been re-arrested and this time charged with removing her ankle monitor. Laverne Marie Bennett was jailed at the start of Mother’s Day weekend after deputies, reacting to a tamper alarm, went to an address near Westminster and found Bennett after a son had told them that their mother […]

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County Council candidates speak in Seneca

Practically all seats were taken in a Gignilliat Community Center meeting room last night for a candidates’ forum arranged by the Oconee Republican Party. The participants were the three men and one woman bidding for seats this year on County Council—along with Probate Judge Kenny Johns who seeks a second term with no ballot opposition. At the start, GOP Chairman […]

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Blue Ridge holds annual meeting

A crowd estimated at five thousand took in last night’s annual membership meeting in Pickens of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. Blue Ridge reported that the crowd for the 74th yearly gathering numbered 2,734 members. Westminster resident Dick Martin left the occasion the winner of the evening’s grand prize—a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck. During the business session, Ben Bolt […]

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