CU names new money-counter

Clemson University employee Steven Crump of Anderson has been named associate vice president and controller. Crump succeeds Charles Tegen, who has been controller for 25 years and with the university 35 years. Tegen will continue as an associate vice president working on strategic tasks and goals.

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A special day today

As proclaimed by the Governor, today is Volunteer Firefighter and Rescue Services Appreciation Day in South Carolina. Charlie King, the Oconee fire chief, hopes you will take a minute to salute the more than 500 men and women who volunteer their time and skills to keep Oconee safe. Over the past year, they have answered more than 6,500 calls for […]

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“Why our tax dollars aren’t coming back to us”

Oconee County Democrats this month will hear about the financial relationship between county and state. Their guest speaker will be County Councilman Reg Dexter. The District Five representative will address the topic: “Why our tax dollars aren’t coming back to us.” Everyone is invited to hear Dexter at 9 o’clock Saturday morning, April 19. The Democratic Party’s meeting takes place […]

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Plea of guilt for failure to register

An Oconee resident has been sentenced for a third offense failure to register on the county’s registry of sex offenders. Cynthia Renee Brooks was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended to three years and two years probation with credit for time already served, according to Deputy Kelly Winchester. Winchester serves as Sex Offender Registrar for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. […]

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Seneca property to be annexed

Seneca-owned property east of the city limits is being positioned to be annexed. During city council’s regular April meeting, the council gave its mayor and its city administrator the authority to sign a petition to annex Seneca’s property at the former Pro Pex manufacturing plant adjoining the Utica community. In tandem with Oconee County, Seneca is developing an industrial park […]

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Gas pump prices jump 17 cents

The news about the price at the pump got even worse today. Since March 8, South Carolina drivers have been paying an additional 17 cents. “Spring is a difficult time for drivers, when gas prices typically rise due to refinery maintenance,” said David Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. Beyond seasonal maintenance, refineries must also make the switch to […]

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DOT has game plan for filling the potholes

Patching the potholes on state-maintained roads and highways across Oconee County is a year-round job. But that job escalates when warmer weather allows DOT maintenance crews to mix tar and asphalt. A patching crew from the DOT district is due to arrive in the next couple of weeks to fill what Mike Smith calls “some real bad places” in Mountain […]

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Budget time in West Union

West Union leaders are primed to act tonight on a new town budget. Proposed for 2014-15 is a budget for utilities and general town operations amounting to $472 thousand, 472 dollars—a small increase over the current year. Preceding tonight’s vote by the town council will be a public hearing on the budget. It’s all part of tonight’s 6 o’clock meeting […]

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