Councilman’s chair sits empty

The empty chair of the late Archie Barron sat empty during last night’s meeting of Oconee County Council. But his chair was adorned with a white bow and flowers as part of the council’s tribute to a man who spoke sparingly during meetings and conducted himself in a gentlemanly manner. According to the county elections office, Barron’s death Monday will […]

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First-hour filers

The candidates’ books for this year’s Town of West Union election had barely opened today before there were two takers. Linda Oliver filed to run for another term as mayor and Sharon Zimmerman filed to run for re-election to the town council. West Union residents interested in running in the April 1 election have until noon Friday, January 31 to […]

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Abbreviated meeting tonight

In the aftermath of the death of one of its members, Oconee County Council will conduct only time sensitive business during its meeting at 6 o’clock tonight at the county administrative offices in Walhalla. District Three Councilman Archie Barron died yesterday afternoon at the hospital. The agenda amended for tonight’s abbreviated meeting reduces from three to one the number pages […]

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A health payment to the county treasury

Oconee County now has money which gives it room to operate for another year. Oconee’s top taxpayer came through last week with a pair of checks to satisfy its annual obligation. Connie Bellotte of the Oconee Treasurer’s Office says the two checks from Duke Energy amount to $27,632,423.15 cents. The total payment reflects Duke’s 2013 tax obligation to cover its […]

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Oconee manufacturer to expand

Production at a manufacturing plant near Westminster is expected to increase as the result of an expansion announcement. Sandvik Inc., maker of carbide inserts for the metal cutting industry, is announcing a $12 million investment. And the director of its Westminster production unit, Anders Hillman, says, “This investment is a continuation of our commitment to maintain world class manufacturing in […]

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Cathcart appears to be the one!

Reports today out of Greenwood indicate that Gene Cathcart is leaving his job as the head football coach of the Greenwood Eagles to become the next head coach of the Seneca Bobcats. A Greenwood newspaper and the high school’s face book site are both reporting Cathcart is Seneca bound. However, on the Oconee County side of things, things are not […]

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Conservation easements explained

Thirty Oconee landowners received information Saturday about conservation easements during a breakfast meeting sponsored by Oconee Forever. Speakers included Shea Airey, chairman of the Oconee Conservation Bank; landowner Rex Ramsey; and Erin Knight, land trust director for Upstate Forever. Ramsey told the story of his family’s land and how he used conservation easements to protect it. Airey described the process […]

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Statewide hopeful encouraged by crowd

The campaign for a hopeful for statewide office from Anderson County describes the candidate as encouraged by the response to his formal announcement for office. Gary Burgess chose Martin Luther King Day to announce his candidacy for state Superintendent of Education. And the Republican chose a former African-American school house in Anderson to make the announcement. Burgess’s campaign describes the […]

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Zoning hearings tonight

Zoning changes are at the forefront of public hearings tonight in Seneca and Westminster. At Seneca City Hall, David Thompson and James Montague go before the planning commission to request a neighborhood commercial zone for 923 and 924 E. Main Street. Those properties are now zoned R-6. The hearing begins at 6 o’clock. As part of their regular January meeting, […]

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