Spillway gate tests again today

The Army Corps of Engineers conducts more engineering and operations tests again today on spillway gates at the Lake Hartwell Dam.  Tests, at both the Hartwell and Thurmond dams, begin around 10 this morning.  Unlike previous tests conducted at full pool, the test at the Hartwell Dam will have only a few gates open at a time.  At Thurmond, only […]

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Clemson students publish guide to invasive plants

A new publication should help South Carolinians rid their landscapes of kudzu or other invasive plants.  Clemson University and the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council teamed up to produce a guide that offers tips and methods to identify invasive plants.  Two Clemson students, Margie Lund and Diego Soriano, researched the state’s most threatening, non-native species.  Copies can be requested […]

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Cell tower approved for Bountyland

Cell phone users are going to be able to rely on a 95-foot monopole tower to give them service in a central part of Oconee County.  The county’s Board of Zoning Appeals last night agreed to allow Verizon to place the tower at 1642 Blue Ridge Boulevard.  There, in the Bountyland Community, according to a representative speaking before the board […]

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“Something good happening out there,” mayor says

  A performance agreement bond is being called a first step by Westminster to rid the city of a blight—especially for those living nearby.  Westminster has announced that the owner and the tenant of the former Beacon Mill property have agreed to post a performance bond to ensure the satisfactory closure of the demolition permit.  Jeff Lord, city administrator, says, […]

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Review of missing drug funds completed

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Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw’s lengthy review of the case of the missing drug fund money has resulted in this announcement today:  “I do not see any facts or evidence to indicate the need for further investigation.  Crenshaw says he bases that conclusion on “evidence in this case, interviews with current employees, interviews with various citizens, results of a polygraph test, […]

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Multiple charges arise from incident near Westminster

  Multiple charges have been placed against a 31-year old man as the result of crimes that Oconee sheriff’s officers say were committed yesterday near Westminster.  The Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of Jonathan David Crooks, 31 years old, on charges of kidnapping and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.  Among the charges against Crooks is […]

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Senecan met with U-S senator

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Seneca resident Claire Muzal joined other South Carolina Parkinson’s Advocates for a meeting in Washington with U-S Senator Tim Scott.  They discussed the research and policy needs of the Parkinson’s community in the state. A spokeswoman for the group said of Scott, “We found him very sympathetic, as he had a grandmother afflicted with PD.” Pictured left to right, Lisa […]

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Westminster mayor to run again!

The mayor of Westminster will put it on the line this November.  Rick McCormick qualified this morning as a candidate to be re-elected to a four-year term during his city’s 2015 election on November 3.  The Oconee County Election Commission is receiving candidates in this year’s municipal elections in Westminster and Walhalla.  

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