Political deadline expires at noon

For those Seneca residents wanting a role in setting the policies of Oconee County government, a deadline expires at noon today. That’s when the Oconee Elections Office will close the book on sign-ups to run in a special April 1st primary election for Seat Three, County Council. By yesterday afternoon, two men remained the only candidates. So far, attorney Paul […]

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Overnight!

A chase by the highway patrol late last night near Seneca led to a suspect’s car winding up in Lake Hartwell. No major injuries are believed to have resulted. The car went into the water at Carradine Road in the vicinity of the Shiloh Road. At 4:45 this morning, fire fighters responded to a smell of smoke call on Clearmont […]

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Beach weekend for trustees

Members of the Oconee School Board of Trustees take part in Myrtle Beach this weekend in the annual convention of the South Carolina School Boards Association. The training given there contributes to trustees efficiency and helps keep them aware of laws and regulations of the state pertaining to public education.

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Water main break leads to advisory

A line break resulting in low pressure has prompted the city of Clemson to issue a boil water advisory for seven residential neighborhoods. Those Clemson water customers at Stone Circle, Ligon Street, Bentbrook subdivision, New Hope Road, Helton Street, Clemson Heights, and Cherry Road to Cherry Crossing are advised to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute […]

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I-85 drug bust in broad daylight

Two North Carolina residents in a car passing through Oconee County on Interstate-85 are in trouble with the law—for what officers say was found inside their 2007 Chevy Tahoe. Oconee Sheriff’s Office announces the car carried four pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $180 thousand. According to officers, the car was stopped for a traffic violation around […]

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Salem and Walhalla make 1-cent pitches

Salem and Walhalla are the latest to make pitches for 1-cent funding—should Oconee County voters say yes to a referendum this November. But first the two municipalities must convince the Oconee Capital Project Sales Tax Commission to include their projects on the ballot. Last night, representing his town, Salem town attorney Brad Norton, requested funds for a couple of water […]

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Motorcyclist issued five tickets

A chase that reached 90 miles an hour on country roads near Seneca ended with Oconee sheriff’s officers capturing their subject and five traffic tickets against the driver. For the violation of failing to observe a stop sign, deputies chased a motorcyclist from SC 24 at Coneross Creek Road, to Sitton Mill Road, to Woody Terry Road, to Friendship Road […]

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Moulder “put the brakes” on spending

Oconee’s finance director, Mark Pulliam, credited Administrator Scott Moulder today for applying sufficient brakes on spending during the last government year. By applying the brakes, Pulliam said, Oconee finished 2012-13 with a higher fund balance than had been projected. Three out of every four dollars generated for the county are derived from the property tax. But Pulliam tied the economy […]

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OCC “retreats” into relaxed setting

Oconee’s four county councilmen are involved in a day-long strategic planning retreat to assess the past and figure out how to move forward. The retreat meeting is an annual event and, though, held in the council chambers it unfolds without the formalities of official voting meetings. Led by Scott Moulder, the county administrator, the councilmen are hearing reports on the […]

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