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Running down the November 4 ballot

October 10, 2014

Some local candidates this year enter next month’s General Election unopposed. Yet a voter should not be fooled into thinking that there is little importance attached to the 2014 General Election in South Carolina. To the contrary, there are contested races for several top statewide offices—along with important referenda at both the local and state…

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“Skip” Lewis takes the stand

October 10, 2014

Civil engineer L-G “Skip” Lewis has taken the stand in the Oconee County courtroom to testify on his review and give an opinion of the plans used to extend the Oconee Regional Airport starting in 2009 by an additional 600 feet. Lewis, a West Union resident, chairs the board of the Greenville-based firm H2L Consulting…

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Airport director job re-opened

October 10, 2014

Three individuals have been interviewed, but Oconee County has decided to reopen the application period to be the next director of the Oconee Regional Airport. This time, County Administrator Scott Moulder says, the county will place an add with a professional aeronautics publication that has nationwide subscribers. The county’s task is to replace Kevin Short,…

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Trick or treaters have invitation

October 10, 2014

The police officers and fire fighters in Walhalla are teaming up this year to offer a safe environment for trick or treaters. “Boo in the Bay” will take place at the Walhalla Fire Department on Halloween from 6 to 9 o’clock at the Fire Department. There will no longer be an event at the Walhalla…

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Trade magazine turns to Oconee Sheriff’s officer

October 10, 2014

A national police officers’ magazine, in a June article, turned down to Oconee Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Underwood for comments on a story about the circumstances in which law enforcement officers request back-up. Some cops worry about ridicule from other officers that they might not be considered tough enough. But the subject touches a nerve in…

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Whether stone was compacted properly

October 10, 2014

Part of the focus in yesterday’s questioning of Plateau project manager Shane Hall was the responsibility for failed test asphalt strips to determine if the base for a 600-foot extension of Oconee Airport runway 25 was suitable for paving. For most of the day, Hall sat under cross-examination and answered questions from Stephanie Burton, attorney…

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Trial may run into Oktoberfest weekend

October 10, 2014

At the judge’s request, the jurors in the Oconee Common Pleas trial decided by a poll against a one-half day session of court on Saturday. Judge Lawton McIntosh accepted the jurors’ preference to take tomorrow as a day of rest but warned, if needed, he may extend the trial into Oktoberfest weekend next week. So…

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Testy exchange

October 9, 2014

  Throughout the morning in Common Pleas Court in Walhalla the defense attorney cross-examined the project manager for Plateau Excavation. And some of the exchanges between Stephanie Burton and Plateau’s Shane Hall were testy—especially as Hall tried to explain the varying amounts in claims made of Oconee County to cover the earthmover’s equipment rentals in…

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Congressman pushes energy exploration

October 9, 2014

Congressman Jeff Duncan repeated his view today that offshore energy exploration can help secure America’s energy needs—as well as create jobs and financial benefits for South Carolina. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, Duncan says he wants to find out what’s out there—referring to the potential for gas deposits in ocean bordering the…

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Duncan favors quarantine

October 9, 2014

The Third District congressman, speaking in Oconee County, called for the quarantine of travelers entering the United States from West Africa, where there is an outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola. At this morning’s business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Jeff Duncan said temperature scanners at major airport, in his opinion, won’t be sufficient…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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