Budgets substituted for one that raises taxes

  After nearly three hours last night, Oconee County Council settled on a new budget that will raise taxes by nearly 1.5 mills.  Meeting as the budget committee, the council discarded a previously agreed on budget that avoided a tax increase by transferring $400 thousand dollars from the county’s profitable rock quarry operations.  But, last night Chairman Cain and council […]

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For now, Tiller excluded from pay hike

For now, at least, the Seneca policeman involved in the shooting death of an unarmed suspect won’t share in a pay raise that is making its way through the channels at City Hall. Chief of Police John Covington issued this statement this afternoon. “There has been a lot of recent media attention about the proposed pay raises for our officers […]

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Kayakers found safe and headed home

Four kayakers overdue from their outing on the Chattooga River were found safe today and, according to Oconee Emergency Services, were on their way home.  The county’s Charlie King credits a helicopter with finding the missing young men.  King gave this account of the episode:  “During an interview with each of the subjects, they stated that their planned trip was […]

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Lake death natural

The coroner says an autopsy showed Asheville, North Carolina resident Leon Cameron Pace probably had cardiac arrhythmia that led to his sudden death yesterday at Lake Keowee.  Coroner Addis said the 68-year old Pace had a pre-existing coronary disease.  He was found floating in the water.  The manner of Pace’s death was classified natural.  The autopsy showed no signs of […]

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Westminster sets administrator vote

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Westminster has scheduled a rare Wednesday night meeting for the purpose of hiring a new city administrator.  Chris Carter of Georgetown and Rodney Johnson of Florence have been identified as the finalists for the job.  Westminster has set 7 o’clock tomorrow night at the Depot for an executive session to discuss the position and then to consider a contract for […]

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Horses should be vaccinated

State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of an unusually early case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse in Horry County. “This is the earliest in the spring that we’ve seen this disease in many years,” said Adam Eichelberger, a veterinarian overseeing animal health programs for Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health. The […]

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Overdue kayakers appear OK

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Word late this morning is that four overdue kayakers on section three of the Chattooga appear to be OK and are making progress down river.  Rescue teams are hiking nearby trails and paddling the river in an attempt to reach the party to assure their safety. At this time, according to Oconee County’s Charlioe King, “We believe the boaters are […]

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Van overturns near Walhalla

A large van overturned this morning near Walhalla, but the fire department reports no one inside the van required a trip to the hospital. The accident occurred shortly after 9 o’clock on the Coffee Road near Hunter’s Run subdivision. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Walhalla area manufacturer to expand

A manufacturer near Walhalla is expanding.  The Governor’s office today announced a $2.5 million capital investment and 26 new jobs at the Nason Company on s. highway 11.  Nason makes electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic components.  Nason Company provides electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic components for use in military and industrial applications. In the works on highway 11 is a 30,000-square-foot expansion.  […]

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Ideas to lower lake injuries and deaths

  Not only is the Friends of Lake Keowee organization concerned about the quality of water in the man-made lake, there’s concern for the number of deaths and injuries resulting from accidents at two sections at the upper lake end.  One idea outlined this month by Jack Lewis, president of “FOLKS”, is the establishment of a county park at Fall […]

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