Bridge over Six Mile Creek to be replaced

South Carolina DOT plans to construct a new bridge to cross Six Mile Creek on secondary 160 (the Jones Mill Road) about 2.5 miles southwest of Six Mile in Pickens County. The existing bridge was severely damaged and suffered partial collapse last summer during heavy rain debris build-up. A temporary steel bridge was installed at the location to allow the […]

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Highway 28 accident occurred in the median

The police say two people are being sent to the hospital from an accident this morning on highway 28 near the Walhalla city limit. Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks said the driver and a passenger from one of the vehicles were on their way by ambulance to the Oconee Medical Center. At the scene, the police took a statement from a […]

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Disputed $610K payment “encumbered”

Chairman Joel Thrift of the Oconee County Council expressed hope last night that the county and the Joint Regional Sewer Authority can reach an amicable solution to a dispute that threatens sewer expansion in the unincorporated areas of the county. A withheld annual payment of $610 thousand by the county to the sewer authority was a point of discussion during […]

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Second budget version voted

Oconee County councilmen, meeting as the budget committee, have accepted a substitute budget as presented by Scott Moulder, the county administrator. The council accepted an amendment from District One’s Paul Corbeil that restores $60 thousand for animal spay and neuter and adds $50 thousand for the Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau. The new budget version holds county spending to under […]

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Tractor-trailer fire near I-85

The driver of a tractor-trailer truck loaded with mini-blinds noticed smoke coming from the trailer and pulled to the side of I-85 late yesterday afternoon in Oconee County. The driver disconnected the trailer at exit 4. Fire fighters from Fair Play and Double Springs arrived to find the trailer in flames and were able to put a stop to the […]

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Seneca police find stolen truck, arrest driver

A pickup truck, the target of a Seneca traffic stop on Sunday, turned out to have been stolen. Its driver, Jerry Dale McCall of Anderson County, was charged by the police with possession of stolen vehicle. The police say they were aware of an alert from Oconee Sheriff’s Office, about the 1999 black Ford Ranger and became suspicious when they […]

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Tower and road requests

Tower and road development applications are headed this month to the Oconee County Board of Zoning Appeals. The tower application is not your normal communication tower, for which an exception must be made under the county’s zoning enabling law. It would be a 65-foot tower on Dogwood Hill Road near West Union. The applicant is one of the county’s approved […]

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At least two more Corbeil-Cammick matchups

In advance of next month’s GOP primary, there are to be at least two more joint appearances by the candidates seeking to be their party’s nominee for Seat One, Oconee County Council. Paul Corbeil and Edda Cammick are invited to appear at a Town of Salem forum to take place at 6:30 Thursday night at the Salem Community Center. Corbeil […]

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Project “Tau” to be unmaked next week

At a final reading next week by Oconee County Council, details are expected on a new economic development project that promises as many as 77 new jobs in Oconee County. So far, the project has been referred as the code name “Tau”—even though work on an existing building has been visible near Seneca. According to Richard Blackwell of the Oconee […]

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More trouble for Oconee mom

An Oconee mother arrested in Idaho and charged with custodial interference has been re-arrested and this time charged with removing her ankle monitor. Laverne Marie Bennett was jailed at the start of Mother’s Day weekend after deputies, reacting to a tamper alarm, went to an address near Westminster and found Bennett after a son had told them that their mother […]

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