Moulder is trial’s lead-off witness

When Scott Moulder went to work as Oconee County administrator four years ago, one of his early duties was try to straighten out the mess that became of the project to extend the county airport runway by 600 feet. And those early actions taken by Moulder, as county administrator, became grist for questions posed by David James, attorney for the […]

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What happens to the old jail still a question

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says Oconee County’s new jail remains on schedule for opening next summer. Meantime, Crenshaw has yet to decide what happens to the existing detention center. “I have a few ideas but need to explore the cost. If I keep it in any correctional setting, I will have to bring it up to the current Department of Corrections […]

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Jack Lombard tribute this Saturday

“The Mountains are Calling…and I must go” is one way to bill this weekend’s tribute to the memory of Jack Lombard, whose highway 107 home was an outpost in upper northern Oconee County. Lombard achieved his wish of being born in the home where he died. And Saturday night at 6 o’clock his friends and family will remember him with […]

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Arrest made in Utica shooting

A 20-year old Seneca man turned himself over to authorities yesterday to face multiple charges arising from a weekend shooting in the Utica community. No one was hurt Saturday morning at a home on Jameson Avenue but, according to Oconee Sheriff’s Office, four people, including two children, were inside the home. Warrants charge Travis Javon Lee with attempted murder, discharging […]

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Jury picked for civil trial

An Oconee County jury has been directed to report back for duty at 3:30 this afternoon for lawyers’ opening statements in a civil trial that may take two weeks. The jury will hear the case of Plateau Excavation against Oconee County and Talbert-Bright, the county’s former airport consultant. It’s a dispute that arose over what was a two-year project to […]

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An update from the 3rd Congressional District

An update from national government will be provided this week to an Oconee County audience. Congressman Jeff Duncan is the featured speaker for the October business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance, and the public is invited. It’ll be held at 8 o’clock Thursday morning at Thrift Development on the Bountyland Road near Seneca. Duncan will also cover topics related […]

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Crime Stoppers offers reward

Cases of burglary and theft near Seneca last month remain under investigation by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, and you can qualify for a cash reward if you can provide information that’ll break the case. A TV set and about $300 dollars in change was taken September 5 at 550 Keowee Trail. That was followed almost two weeks later, on September […]

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One-year old hotel boosts city tax fund

A one-year old hotel in Seneca has helped raise a city fund used to promote tourism and events. Seneca’s newsletter quotes Joel Seavey, finance officer and clerk-treasurer, as saying, “In the first year of the Hampton Inn, the city’s ATAX has increased by 150%. Each month, hotels like the Hampton Inn, pay 1.5% of their total accommodations revenue to the […]

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