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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Chamber awards dinner next month

As many as seven awards will be announced next month during the annual meeting and business awards dinner for the Greater Oconee Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is asking its membership to nominate business leaders worthy of such awards as Business Innovator, Green Business, Small Business of the Year, and Best Place to Work. The dinner meeting will be Tuesday, […]

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CU names 15 National Scholars for 2014

The National Scholars Program at Clemson University has named 15 National Scholars for 2014. The list includes one student who comes to Clemson from nearby Daniel High School. Sarah Waldvogel, an accomplished musician, is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist who plans to major in genetics. Sarah and the other nine women and five men who make up the 2014 cohort […]

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Rain event in excess of 3″

The Sunday night through Monday rain event deposited in excess of three inches of rain in Walhalla. At one point late yesterday afternoon, the official count stood at 3.19”. We’ll await Weather Observer Barbara Wilson’s new total this morning. A motor vehicle left the road about 9:30 last night and knocked down an electric power pole near Seneca. No one […]

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Death claims January accident victim

A West Union woman, injured in a traffic accident last winter, died yesterday at the Cottingham House near Seneca. Coroner Karl Addis said Barbara Timms was 57 years old and died of complications of injuries in a motor vehicle collision three months prior, on January 10. The accident occurred on the Old Walhalla Highway at the intersection of Winston Way […]

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Interdiction on I-85 and SC 11

West Union was the start point last week for an interdiction that focused on law breakers on I-85 and South Carolina Scenic Highway 11. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office enlisted the help of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the West Union Police. The law enforcement officers looked for those violating drug and weapon laws, along with other wanted individuals. Fifty-seven […]

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Ruling ahead in ex-teacher’s lawsuit

Circuit Court Judge Cordell Maddox told attorneys today they can expect a ruling on whether a former teacher’s lawsuit may go forward in the Oconee Common Pleas Court. Former R-C Edwards Junior High teacher Mariam Noorai’s allegations of harassment, defamation and conspiracy are contained in what now is a three-year old lawsuit against the Pickens and Oconee public school districts […]

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