Clearing up athletic eligibility question

At a meeting last week of Salem Town Council confusion reigned over the impact that combining Salem and Walhalla enrollments will have for those Tamassee-Salem students who would like to take part in high school athletics.  We put the question to Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent.  Here is his reply:  “If TS is not closed, TS students would no longer […]

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Zoning change to be considered in Seneca

A zoning change is to be considered tonight in Seneca, during a City Hall hearing that begins at 6 o’clock.  The planning commission will take up Lisa Brown’s request for a Residential-General zone at 801 E. S. 1st Street.  The property is located to the north of the intersection with N. Kilpatrick Avenue.  Brown’s property is now zoned R-6.

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Not all who spoke opposed closing

Those who want to see the school at Salem closed were in the minority during last week’s public comment session, conducted by the Oconee school trustees.  But there were two, and both are Seneca school principals.  They take the position that operating a small school deprives their schools and others in the district.  Speaking were Cliff Roberts of Seneca High […]

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Midnight hour home fire

A midnight home fire near Westminster has displaced four occupants of a mobile home.  Oconee Rural Fire Control reported multiple fire units spent as much as nearly three and a half hours at the fire scene, on the Rufus Land Road in the Cleveland-Madison communities.  The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants—one adult and three children.

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Seneca announces a defense

Seneca has filed formal legal papers in response to a federal lawsuit by Zachary Hammond’s parents, as personal representatives of his estate.  The lawsuit was filed last month by the Hammond side as an attempt at the federal level to obtain what they have been unable to achieve at the state level—the release of audio and video recordings of July […]

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Oconee regarded finalist for company

Oconee County was described today as a finalist for a U-S company with a Chinese element.  “We hope to know more by the end of the year, if not sooner,” said Richard Blackwell, director of Oconee Economic Alliance.  He expressed appreciation for the help extended by State Rep. Bill Sandifer to help land the company.  

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“Made in Oconee” campaign launches today

A campaign to highlight the products made in Oconee County and the people who make them launched today, with an announcement by the county economic alliance.  The first part of the campaign gauges a general perception of manufacturing by local students, followed by employees from three local manufacturers who talk about the benefits of working in today’s fields.  You can […]

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Elizabeth Crane Marcengill

Elizabeth Crane Marcengill, 76, died Thursday at Manna Health and Rehab.  She was the widow of Marvin Ray Marcengill.  Services are 3 pm Sunday at Little River Baptist Church, Tamassee with burial to follow in Choehee Baptist Church Cemetery, Salem.  The family recieves friends from 2-3pm Sunday prior to the service at Little River Baptist Church. Flowers are accepted.  The […]

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Economic development projects in the pipeline

The executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Richard Blackwell, spoke today with an air of confidence that the county will soon be able to help fill up one of its industrial parks with two manufacturing outfits.  One of them is described as a BMW-related automotive supplier, and is ready for first reading of a fee-in-place-of tax agreement.  On the […]

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Seneca business burglary

The police are at the scene of an overnight burglary on Seneca’s 123 By-Pass.  Major Jeremy Rothell says the crime occurred at Always Money, near the Mountain View/Seneca Drive traffic lights.  No immediate word on what was taken.  A caller to 101.7/WGOG reported police tape around the crime scene, and Rothell says police are there gathering evidence.

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