Solicitior issues statement

The circuit solicitor, Chrissy Adams, issued this statement after the sentencing of a young man for his part in murder and other crimes committed at a home in Utica on New Year’s Day 2014:  “Today’s guilty plea allows the families of Scott Johnston and Jody Corley to see justice delivered for the unbearable pain and loss that James Toward put them through […]

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Chris Carter to succeed Jeff Lord

  After a brief private meeting, the Westminster City Council voted 7-0 to appoint Georgetown’s Chris Carter as its next city administrator.  Mayor Brian Ramey said Carter stood out among the 19 applicants to succeed Jeff Lord.  Carter’s connections to the Upstate, which include relatives in Clemson and previous work experience in the North Carolina mountains, attracted him to the […]

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21-year old man sent to prison for 48 years

The judge heard dramatic statements in a murder case heard today in the Oconee Courtroom.  Judge Letitia Verdin’s eyes appeared red as she heard about the impact of an attack New Year’s Day 2014 on two people inside a home in Utica near Seneca.  Verdin sentenced James William Toward to 48 years in prison for murder and other crimes committed […]

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Moulder: park not ideal for economic offices

  Oconee’s Information and Technology Park on highway 11 may be ideal for education facilities and new industry, but not for offices for the Economic Alliance.  Scott Moulder, county administrator, told the council’s budget committee that he and staff can’t justify the county getting a $2.5 million benefit—the amlunt estimated that it would take to build officers at the park […]

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County mulls school district offer

Chairman Paul Cain of Oconee County Council announced last night that the school district has offered the county the building and grounds at Oakway once the intermediate school there is closed in a couple of weeks.  Cain says the offer includes 30 acres which bode for possibilities.  But the councilman for the Oakway area, Joel Thrift, says, “I really don’t […]

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Government worried about the lack of rain

The Army Corps of Engineers is getting worried about the lack of rainfall.  Since December the basin has experienced below average rainfall every month (a 7-inch deficit between Hartwell and Thurmond through April).  Reservoir levels remained favorable due to the 2015 year-end precipitation. Although rainfall since January has only been 64 percent of normal, inflows have remained near normal due […]

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House overrides farm aid veto

A state lawmaker from Greenville County defends the House of Representatives’ decision to override Governor Haley’s veto of a farm aid bill.  Rep. Phyllis Henderson says the bill is aimed at helping farmers overcome last October’s so-called 1,000 year flood.  Henderson quoted the governor as saying, “I will not support any bailout of any industry over any other industry that […]

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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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