“Sadness beyond words”

Oconee County Councilman Archie Barron has died. Council Chairman Joel Thrift says Barron died at 4:30 yesterday afternoon at Oconee Medical Center. An announcement is to be made this morning as to the status of tonight’s regularly scheduled council meeting. Barron’s death is being mourned. And one of his admirers tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS her reaction is “sadness beyond words.” Barron […]

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Field of candidates is final

When the clock struck 12 today, the books closed for those Seneca residents running this year for their city council. At the close of the deadline, the field was split evenly—between challengers and incumbents. Those council members whose four-year terms are expiring who are running again are Andrea Alewine, Scott Durham, Ernest Riley, and Joel Ward. They are being challenged […]

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Act 98 to fund three OC road projects

The SC Department of Transportation has approved contracts to resurface more than 270 roads in 33 counties. Oconee will see three road projects as part of the first group of projects approved under Act 98 using revenue collected from the state vehicle sales tax. The Oconee re-surfacing will take place at Whitfield Road in Fair Play, Broadway Street in Newry, […]

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8 for 4 so far!

With a little less than one hour remaining in the deadline, candidates  seven and eight qualified for Seneca’s March 11 city council election. Filing this morning were Diane Rozman of Bobolink Drive and Joel Arnold of W.N. 2nd Street.

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Duncan revives energy bill

South Carolina’s 3rd District congressman has revived his energy bill called “EXPAND.” Jeff Duncan calls the Energy Exploration and Production to Achieve National Demand Act a jobs bill. He reintroduced the bill yesterday in Washington. Duncan says this bill would open the way for a comprehensive energy policy, which the country lacks.

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DOT truck flips near Westminster

A SC DOT dump truck has turned over near Westminster and the driver sent to the hospital. A fellow DOT worker said the injured driver appeared to have been shaken and was sent to the Oconee Medical Center to be checked. The dump truck flipped shortly before 10 this morning on the Blackjack Road at Greenfield Road.

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Anderson plant expands

A maker of reinforcement materials for the composite and building industries is expanding its operations in Anderson County. The $10 million investment by CHOMARAT North America means 20 new jobs, along with new equipment and additional manufacturing space. The company seeks to diversify its business into new markets that include industrial, automotive, and aerospace.  

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“Raising the roof” about Benghazi

CNN quotes Senator Lindsey Graham as saying Hillary Clinton “has to clear the air on Benghazi” if she wants to be President. And, on the Senate floor yesterday, South Carolina and Oconee Republican Graham demanded answers and accountability from the White House regarding the 2012 attack on the American Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. Senate Intelligence Committee reports this week […]

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Twelve, 1-cent tax requests make the deadline

A dozen applications made this week’s deadline to be considered for proceeds from a potential one-cent local sales tax in Oconee County. It’ll be left to the voters in November to decide whether the tax is worth the projects proposed. And it’ll be the duty of the Oconee Capital Sales Tax Commission to recommend which projects make the ballot. After […]

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Machinist wins City Hall appeal

Walhalla will permit a machine shop to open inside a commercial building in a general residential district. Barry David Brown won his appeal last night at City Hall. The Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3 to 1 to make the exception. Elizabeth Hoadley cast the lone dissenting vote. Two neighbors expressed concern for the potential of noise and pollution, but […]

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