Duncan laments V-A’s failings

Congressman Jeff Duncan, in a conference call with reporters, is speaking out today about the failing of the Veterans Administration and how the House of Representatives is trying to address them with legislation. The South Carolina 3rd District Republican’s comments on a day when the Associated Press reports that fake appointments were among the tricks used to disguise delays in […]

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Burglars allegedly “rushed-in” on their victim

The police in Walhalla have sent a 19-year old man to jail, in their investigation of a May 19 incident in which an apartment resident was attacked and robbed. Capt. Curtis Rogers this afternoon said Thomas Jay Simmons, 19-year old resident of S. Cedar Street, and a 16-year old accomplice “rushed-in” on their victim at Pine Manor apartments and allegedly […]

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Official: 10th Circuit has a judge “in waiting”

From Columbia, State Sen. Thomas Alexander announced to 96.3/WGOG NEWS this afternoon that the 10th Circuit counties can look forward to a new jurist. He’s Walhalla resident Scott Sprouse who, at the age of 49 years old, will be able to look forward to a new career beginning January 1. By acclamation, the state General Assembly today elected Sprouse as […]

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ISP company receives Oconee go ahead

One of Oconee’s approved vendors to offer broadband hookups received a special exception last night for a communication tower near West Union. Josh Stephens, county zoning administrator, said the special exception means that OneTone Telecom of Seneca may use the tower to provide wireless internet to the West Union area community. It’s to be a 65-foot wooden pole along South […]

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Appeals board rejects road variance

Plans by a Clemson home development company for a project tucked inside Oconee County seem to be in doubt today—following a vote last night by the county board of zoning appeals. The appeals board voted to turn down a road development variance in what’s described as a “one-way in, one-way out” area that crosses railroad tracks in the vicinity of […]

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Pool opening sign of good times ahead!

Crowds were good for the Memorial Day weekend opening of the Walhalla Swimming Pool—the only municipal pool to be in operation this summer in Oconee County. Daryl Broome, the Foothills YMCA which, by contract, is running the pool, says crowds were goods and the swimmers returned after a couple of weekend thunderstorms. Broome says the number of swimmers, along with […]

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Sprouse to be present for judgeship vote

Oconee County’s Scott Sprouse is on his way to Columbia to be present during a noon hour vote today of a joint session of the South Carolina Legislature. That vote is to elect Sprouse to succeed the retiring Alex Macaulay as judge in the 10th Circuit—serving Oconee and Anderson counties. Sprouse is considered a shoo-in. He has been deemed qualified […]

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Seneca budgets approach $41 million

All told, Seneca expenses and revenues over the next year are projected to reach $40.7 million. Mayor Dan Alexander and Joel Seavey, the city financial director, last night presented to city council six separate budgets for consideration on first reading during a meeting next week. No tax increases are planned, nor are there is any utility or other rate increase […]

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Seneca revokes business license

A vote last night at Seneca City Hall revokes the license to operate of the business known as Purple Haze—at 722 W. N. 1st Street, Suites A and B. The 7 to 1 vote was taken over the protest of the Purple Haze owner and its attorney. Councilman Stuart Pohl voted no. Joel Seavey, city clerk-treasurer, explained after the meeting […]

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Computer program camp at Clemson University

Some of the nation’s brightest high school students are at Clemson University this week to take part in a training camp that decides which four will go to Taiwan to represent the United States in an international computer-programming contest. While on campus, the 24 students live in the dorms, participate in lectures on advanced computing techniques and sharpen their problem-solving […]

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