More than just an office for the Coroner

The project that will move Karl Addis from Walhalla to Seneca is taking on more than building new headquarters for the man who tends to Oconee County’s dead. The new building envisioned on the grounds of Oconee Medical Center, besides housing a coroner’s office and a morgue, will double as a substation for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. At next week’s […]

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Duncan co-sponsored bill advances

A bill, co-sponsored by South Carolina 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan, is moving forward. The Committee on Homeland Security yesterday passed H.R. 4228—a bill that requires Homeland Security to improve discipline, accountability and transparency in its purchasing actions. Duncan, Republican from Laurens, serves as chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee.

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Arts scholarship to Walhalla senior

A student at Walhalla High School, Jesus Miranda, was named recipient today of this year’s James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts. Six other Oconee students auditioned. For Jesus, the scholarship is worth $4 thousand. He plans to attend Furman University this fall. The award is given annually to Oconee seniors who plan to enter a college or university to […]

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Voters urged to sign up for June 10 primaries

If you are a South Carolinian eligible to vote and have yet to register, you are urged to prepare for the state’s primaries on June 10. State and local voter registration and elections officials will spend the month of May drawing attention to the effort to increase registration and to educate voters on candidates. Governor Haley has declared May as […]

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Hall of Famers Bill and Phyllis Thraves

Jewelry store owners in Seneca—Bill and Phylllis Thraves—are the recipients of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award for 2014. That award will be presented at Spotlight Oconee, the chamber’s annual meeting and awards dinner. The Thraves have been dedicated and generous community leaders, ever since opening W-W Thraves Jewelers in 1977. The business is now in the […]

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Prater succeeds in basic and advanced training

Army Pvt. Amanda Prater has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Her training included basic and advanced, along with instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, map reading, tactics, and military courtesy, among other subjects. Prater is the daughter of Rhonda Giese of Seneca and Marvin Prater of Westminster. She’s a 2013 graduate of West-Oak […]

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User fees to remain unchanged

For a third year, the charge that Oconee’s three largest municipalities pay for sewer treatment will remain steady. City officials in Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster are being told today that the total treatment charge for 2014-15 will amount to $2.8 million. Though that figure doesn’t change, what does change is the percentage each of the cities will pay. Bob Winchester […]

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Patience required for new park signs

Oconee’s leading recruiter for economic development says his office is at work to secure the proper signs and determine the best spots to put them at two of county’s developing industrial parks. Both Golden Corner Commerce Park near Fair Play and the Oconee Industry and Technology Center on highway 11 are key pieces in the county’s quest for economic development […]

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