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Convicted in absentia

February 27, 2013

An Oconee jury convicted a 40-year old Salem man today on the charge of distribution of methamphetamine third offense. Because Kenneth Wayne Whitworth did not attend the trial, the sentence written down by Judge Alex Macaulay will remain sealed until Whitworth is located and read the sentence. Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons, whose prosecution won the…

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Low tax rate when compared

February 27, 2013

‘Tis the season in Oconee for governments to write budgets for next year. Dr. Mike Lucas, Oconee superintendent of education, calls attention today to a ranking that shows of the state’s 46 counties, Oconee taxes seventh lowest in the state. On his blog, Lucas displays a ranking of figures provided to his office by Oconee…

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Jury deliberates

February 27, 2013

This just in from Oconee General Sessions: A jury is deliberating the case of S.C. v. Kenneth Wayne Whitworth, charged with distribution of methamphetamine third offense. When trial began yesterday, defendant Whitworth was absent. But his attorney, assistant public defender Danny Day, asked the jury to not hold his client’s absence against him. For the…

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Calling it a career!

February 27, 2013

A long-time Westminster Library worker is calling it a career. Refreshments will be served at a party at 4 o’clock this afternoon at the Westminster Library for Margaret McCall, who is retiring. It’s an opportunity for fellow library workers and library patrons to wish McCall well.

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Chase yields arrest and suspected drugs

February 27, 2013

A chase during the 4 o’clock hour of yesterday morning near Seneca yielded an arrest and the discovery of what officers suspect are illegal drugs. Sheriff’s officers say the object of their chase, a Ford truck with no tag light, reached speeds of 60 miles an hour in the wrong lane of Return Church Road.…

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SHS students return from Columbia event

February 27, 2013
SHS students return from Columbia event

Agricultural education students at Seneca High School attended the South Carolina FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony last week in Columbia. They were accompanied by Christina Alexander, instructor and FFA advisor, along with student teacher Jessica Brown. The day began with a visit with State Senator Thomas Alexander, Oconee-Pickens Republican, to thank him for his support…

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Seven companies respond

February 27, 2013

Seneca has received responses from seven companies in its project to convert a former school into a new home for utilities offices and warehousing. According to Bob Faires, utilities director, the seven have submitted RFQs—requests for qualifications. The task at hand is to re-adapt most of the former Kellett Elementary School on Seneca’s southside to…

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Deplorable cemetery conditions

February 27, 2013

The discovery of an Oconee County cemetery containing the remains of slaves and its deteriorating conditions has inspired a county resident to start an effort to pay greater respect to the departed. Paul Elston, representing the Clemson African-American Museum, asked Seneca City Council last night for its assistance in making every February a time of…

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Nothing scenic about Sheep Farm Road

February 27, 2013

Oconee’s Sheep Farm Road opens a rural landscape which could not previously be viewed from the window of a motor vehicle.  However,  the brand-new, five-lane highway won’t carry the distinction of a scenic highway and the rules such highways must adhere to. The county planning commission this week voted to recommend against a scenic highway…

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Takin’ it to the street!

February 27, 2013

For street events, such as Seneca’s Jazz on the Alley, patrons of permitted bars and restaurants may enjoy beer and wine at tables set up in Ramcat Alley. The question arises whether a patron, with a glass of liquor in his hand, may do the same. The Seneca city attorney is not sure. Though the…

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  • October 1, 2014Oconee County Humane Society Fundraiser
  • October 3, 2014 10:30 amLeTourneau-WABCO Employee Reunuion
  • October 3, 2014 3:00 pmBenefit for Phillip Brucke
  • October 4, 2014 6:00 pmOle Country Church Singing
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