Seneca reacts to federal court filing

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Seneca has issued a statement in response to reports that lawyers for the Hammond family have entered the federal court system in an attempt to pry loose investigative findings of what happened to the Hammond’s son.  The city issued this statement:  “The City of Seneca has cooperated with all investigators in this case and like everyone involved we await its […]

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Apartment complex scene of shooting and drug probe

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The Seneca police chief says the investigation of a shooting Monday night at an apartment complex led to the discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory.  And, for much of yesterday, one building at Fair-Oaks Village on Lindsay Road was off-limits while a contract service decontaminated the building.  Chief John Covington says his officers investigated what appears to have been a self-inflicted […]

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New budget means added jobs, no rate increase

For a third year, the trustees who manage the Greenville Hospital System have decided there will be no rate increase.  The trustees today approved a 2015-16 budget of $2.2 billion to cover their health care facilities, which include the Oconee Memorial Hospital.  The budget projects an additional 564 jobs within GHS.  And Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Memorial Campus, […]

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Oconeean charged with receiving stolen goods

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A piece of machinery, worth $12 thousand dollars, stolen in Simpsonville turned up in Oconee County where a 29-year old man was arrested.  The Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest Friday of Casey Adam Spurlock of the Rodgers Road.  A deputy obtained a warrant alleging Spurlock sold a stolen Bobcat MT 55 to another man for $9 thousand with the […]

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Highway work “when weather clears”

When the weather clears, and that seems to be a big if around these parts, look for a DOT-approved contractor to start work on Oconee County’s first roundabout of modern time.  Thrift Development Corporation announces it is about to start the project at Wells Highway and Strawberry Farm Road near Seneca.  There will be lane closures, and the work is […]

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Despite minor fire, restaurant open today

In spite of a minor fire, the China Wok restaurant next to Applewood Shopping Center will be open for business today.  According to the Seneca Fire Department, smoke from a minor fire was discovered there this morning.  The fire department’s Chris Cartee said a pot on the stove was left on during the night, though the fire did not spread […]

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Federal suit announced in Hammond case

The attorney for Zachary Hammond’s family has given notice that a civil lawsuit is expected to be placed on record today in the Anderson division of the U-S District Court.  It pertains to the estate of Hammond and names as defendants the Seneca police, Mark Tiller, and John Covington.  As explained by Hammond attorneys, the federal court action is aimed […]

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Government service agenecy opposes transmission line

The board of directors for a regional government service agency based at Greenville, with Oconee County representation, is charged with promoting prosperity, community development, and quality of life within the region.  Yet when it comes to the area’s major electric power supplier, the board of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments has gone on record against Duke Energy’s controversial […]

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Hospital budget to be voted this morning

Once again the business of the Greenville Health System, parent company of Oconee Memorial, is a $2 billlion dollar-plus budget.  The trustees who set the policy for all hospitals within GHS are meeting this morning to consider a 2016 budget to total $2.2 billion and create an additional 564 jobs.  For a third straight year, the recommendation is to hold […]

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