Creating a fourth county park easier said than done

The executive director of FOLKS—Friends of Lake Keowee—-thinks the time is right for Oconee County to move on acquiring Duke Energy’s Fall Creek access area to make it the county’s fourth county park.  Before the council last night, Ben Turetsky described Duke as weary over litter and other crimes that plague the popular Lake Keowee access area near Salem.  According […]

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Traffic changes at 93-123

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The development envisioned on property that once was a textile plant near Clemson is going to mean traffic changes in Oconee County.  And at least one man wants the County Council to try to save what he called a “fly-off” lane that funnels traffic from Oconee toward Clemson University.  Robert Moore told the council last night that the county, as […]

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Staff attorney survives 3-2 vote

Allowing the Oconee County administrator to be the one who hires an in-house attorney survived a second vote during last night’s County Council meeting.  The council second reading approval passed 3 to 2, with McCall, Cain and Cammick in the affirmative and Dexter and Thrift in the minority.  District Five’s Reg Dexter raised concern that it would be the administrator […]

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Tax rate to remain unchanged

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The Oconee County tax rate will remain at 215 mills, unchanged from a year ago.  County Council made the decision last night, after receiving Auditor Ken Nix’s annual presentment.  Because of a higher bill due this year from Duke Energy, Nix gave the council the option of lowering the rate by nearly two mills.  By making no cut, the council […]

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Lawsuit to be settled

Oconee will settle a lawsuit by one of the contractors involved in the county broadband network project.  After a closed session, County Council last night voted to settle by paying $630 thousand to the company, MP2Net.  According to county officials, the payment is a refund plus accrued interest and involves no penalty.  

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Family wants matter expedited

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The attorney for the Hammond family has announced an action to the South Carolina Supreme Court, seeking action in the investigation of Zachary Hammond’s death.  Attorney Eric Bland said, “We are seeking that this matter be resolved in an expedited basis because of the public issues involved and the need for this matter to have closure sooner than later.”  The […]

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Bert Friday award to Robert Chasteen

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An Oconee jail guard has won a top honor at the state Criminal Justice Academy.  Detention officer Robert Chasteen graduated last Friday from the Basic Detention Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Chasteen was one of 43 graduates.  The Bert Friday award goes to the individual with the highest overall academic average.

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John Emerson Ayers

John Emerson Ayers, 88, of 1883 Sequoya Way, Seneca died Tuesday at his home.  He was the husband of Reba Busha Ayers.  The funeral will be noon Thursday at Earles Grove Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family receives friends from 11 a-m to noon, prior to the service at the church.  The family is at […]

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New Andrew Pickens ranger

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Tennessee native Robert Sitzlar was named today the new district ranger for the Andrew Pickens District at Mountain Rest.  Sitzlar is to succeed the retired Mike Crane the middle part of next month.  He comes to South Carolina from Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, where he has worked for nearly 10 years.

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