Bank declares dividend!

The directors of Blue Ridge Financial Corporation, the holding company for Oconee County’s Blue Ridge Bank, recently declared a cash dividend in the amount of $204,799.00, or $.50 a share. The cash dividend is payable to stockholders on record by Monday, December 1. It’s the same rate paid to stockholders in 2013. The announcement was made by Glenn Buddin, the […]

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Health insurer goes out

On Thanksgiving Eve came official news of the collapse of a health insurance cooperative based in Seneca. State regulators ordered the closing of the South Carolina Health Cooperative after an analysis that the co-op could not continue without an infusion of $5 million dollars or more of additional capital. In a letter the director of the state Insurance Department, Raymond […]

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Why Keowee remains full and other lakes drop

South Carolina’s Seneca River and Georgia’s Tugaloo River meet underneath the water of Lake Hartwell to form the Savannah. Both rivers sport privately-owned reservoirs used to produce electricity for the region. The reservoirs also provide water for lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond—and therefore the rest of the basin. Stakeholders in the basin occasionally ask the U-S Army Corps of Engineers […]

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Anonymous tip leads to Westminster man’s arrest

An anonymous tip led Oconee sheriff’s officers to arrest a Westminster man in the investigation of a stolen Jeep Comanche. Officers arrested Joshua Wayne Griffin Tuesday at an address on Mize Avenue. The Jeep Comanche has been returned to its owner. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year old Griffin faces charges of larceny, malicious injury to personal property, possession […]

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Wanted Fair Play man arrested in Georgia

A Fair Play man wanted on nine charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Oconee County was arrested Wednesday night in Georgia. The accused, Donnie Lane King, is 65 years old and, according to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, some of the alleged offenses took place between 2006 and February of this year and others date back to 1985. […]

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Coffee makers shoplifted from Wal-Mart

At the Seneca Wal-Mart, a shoplifter ditched his cart in the parking lot and ran to a car to make his get-away. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office requests the public to come forward with information that’ll solve the theft around 10:30 Monday morning of two coffee makers, valued at nearly $200 dollars. An employee chased the thief who was dressed in […]

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Twenty-seven jobs promised at Pendleton

A California-based agriculture company will make an investment in Pendleton and create 27 new jobs. The Governor’s Office today announced Fox Farm Soil and Fertilizer. The family business specializes in garden products, potting soils, along with natural and organic dry and liquid fertilizers. A 60 thousand square foot facility is to be built at 1001 Lebanon Road. Hiring for the […]

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