Sammy Merck

Sammy Gary Merck, 70, of 201 Atnler Drive, Westminster died Friday at his home.  A graveside service will be 3:30 p-m Sunday at Old Abbott Cemetery, Liberty.  The family receives friends friends from 1-2 p-m Sunday, prior to the service, at the Sandifer Funeral Home.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers are accepted.  Condolences may be expressed on line […]

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Seneca gets help with intersection re-make

Last summer a DOT-authorized contractor repaved 123 through Seneca’s East End intersection.  But that doesn’t go far enough to satisfy city officials, concerned about with traffic numbers and safety to the traveling public.  Officials of the government service agency South Carolina “A-COG” are assisting Seneca to compile an application for funds to address the intersection of 123-130/E. N. 1st Street.  […]

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Getting a handle on Westminster power costs

At its meeting next week, Westminster leaders are set for action on their efforts to improve the city’s environment for business development.  The city council will consider awarding a $50,500 dollar contract to a firm of engineers and consultants to make an electric power rate study.  The elected leaders are looking to “UTEC”—Utility Technical Engineering-Consultants of the Carolinas—-for recommendations to […]

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Deputy’s investigation at mobile home park

One man was ticketed by an Oconee sheriff’s deputy for offenses alleged to have occurred yesterday as a woman tried to flee the man at a mobile home park between Seneca and Walhalla.  And the deputy says he will pursue warrants alleging domestic violence and kidnapping.  The deputy’s account of what he found last night at 275 W. Halfway Branch […]

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Unpleasant experience while on the job

Someone acted in an unpleasant manner yesterday with the crew working on Walhalla Streetscape, and the incident has prompted an appeal from the general contractor of the project.  Patty Hutchinson says, “Please don’t be ugly to the workers.  They do not deserve it.  All we are trying to do is give you better service and a nicer street.”  On the […]

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Friendship fire fighters involved in legal dispute

A lawsuit has been filed in OconeeCounty in an attempt to clear up a challenge as to who is the rightful owner of property across the highway from one of the county’s volunteer fire stations.  The Friendship Fire Department near Seneca contends it is the legal owner.  Attorney Michael Smith, representing the fire department, has confirmed the filing of an […]

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Jail inspection today!

The all-important inspection by state authorities of the new $16 million Oconee County Jail is likely to take all day today.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is not expecting to receive a decision on the spot.  He believes the State Department of Corrections inspectors will take with them their observations and send a written report.  What they find will be key to […]

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Pickens County homicide

A late night homicide in Liberty is being investigated by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.  The PickensCounty coroner, Kandy Kelley, says the shooting death of Duncan resident Mitchell Aaron Bradley occurred Wednesday night at 237 Watts Road, Liberty.  

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New policies cover Clemson fraternities and sororities

ClemsonUniversity has announced a comprehensive plan covering the conduct of its fraternities and sororities.  The plan is aimed toward creating a culture of safety, accountability, and obedience to rules among the chapters.  Specifically, there are what Clemson calls strategies to eliminate hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual misconduct and biased actions.  The plan comes nearly a year after the still unexplained death […]

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All of South Carolina in drought status

The S.C. Drought Response Committee has upgraded the drought status of the entire state. Last month the committee had designated 28 counties to the first level of drought. Those counties are now in the second or moderate stage of drought. The counties upgraded to the moderate stage of drought include Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, […]

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