“Normal rain this summer

We have a prognostication that rain this summer will be nothing like last summer—-when three reservoirs experienced levels well into flood storage stage. Still, after consulting with the government’s NOAA website and water managers, Public Affairs Specialist Billy Birdwell of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers predicts normal rainfall this summer. Normal, he says, is good. And that bodes well for […]

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SC’s Duncan part of bi-partisan legislation

South Carolina’s 3rd District Congressman, Republican Jeff Duncan, is part of a bill with bi-partisan support to reform Department of Homeland Security’s buying process. “For years, DHS has refused to use a business approach in managing its acquisition programs,” Duncan said in a statement from Washington. He and the rest of the bill’s co-authors are members of the Subcommittee on […]

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Murder charge forwarded to grand jury

After a hearing this morning, a judge bound over to the grand jury a murder charge against a Fair Play man to the Oconee Grand Jury. Magistrate Blake Norton found probable cause to further consider the state’s case against Zack Daniel Patterson. In January, Patterson became the third person charged with murder in the death of Richard Alan Marszalek. Marszalek’s […]

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Primary hopefuls asked to wait at least a day

Oconee County Democrats gather in convention tomorrow and, across the state, the official start of qualifying for this year’s primary elections is Sunday. But, in Oconee County, Sunday is a holiday for government offices, so the elections office is asking all Oconeeans—Democrat and Republican—-who intend to qualify to wait at least one day. The county elections office at Pine Street […]

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“Motion to alter or amend”

Oconee County has officially asked the Common Pleas Court to be allowed to make post-ruling motions in the zoning case it recently lost. An attorney in Anderson, James Logan Jr., has asked the court for permission to be allowed to motion “to alter or amend” Judge Lawton McIntosh’s ruling in favor of plaintiffs David and Michelle McMahan, Jean Jennings, Lillie […]

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Home fire across the state line

Oconee County’s volunteer Cleveland Fire Department sent fire fighters, trucks and equipment yesterday to a home fire in rural Stephens County, Georgia. The fire occurred around 3 o’clock. Grahl Haney, deputy fire chief for Oconee, says the fire exacted a heavy toll on Estathoe Circle. No one reported hurt. The location was in a Stephens County area, not far across […]

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Prescribed burn today in northern OC

Highway 107 motorists should be aware of smoky conditions from a 13-hundred acre burn today at Big Ben and Burrell’s Ford roads. According to Mike Hastings of the U-S Forest Service, sections of 107 are liable to be closed periodically today because the crews will be burning close to the two-lane road. Motorists should also be careful in the vicinity […]

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CU students to spend spring break helping others

Clemson students are about to embark for spring break, but many of them will not relax. They are going to help others in need. More than 235 students from several organizations are taking part next week in some kind of service trip. The Alternate Break Program is sending 20 students to Biloxi, Mississippi to work on projects for erosion prevention […]

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Official: final tallies for Seneca candidates

As announced yesterday by Bob Brock, chairman of the Oconee Election Commission, here are the final and official vote count for the eight candidates this week for four seats on the Seneca City Council. The final tallies include the regular ballots, five provisional (or challenged) votes and three write-in votes. The four declared winners are Joel Ward, 436; Stuart Pohl, […]

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Tax relief for military service personnel

Governor Haley has signed a bill to provide property tax relief to active duty military men and women in South Carolina. Active duty soldiers have been eligible for a 4% property tax assessment while stationed in South Carolina, but if required to move to fulfill orders, they could incur an increase to 6% as their residence in the state is […]

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