Seneca intersection needs “open-heart surgery”

Seneca’s 123-130/E. N. 1st Street intersection has received a new coating of asphalt but, in the opinion of the city administrator, that’s not enough. Greg Dietterick last night said the intersection requires “open-heart surgery.” At a meeting of the Oconee Municipal Association, Dietterick said he’s hopeful that the government service agency, the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, can be […]

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Municipal leaders make their choice

The mayor pro-tem of Westminster, Bill Brockington, will represent the Oconee Municipal Association on the board of directors of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments. County municipal leaders say it’s an important position because those who serve can be influential in securing government grants for local improvement projects. Brockington, a retiree, is eager to lend himself to the position […]

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Qualifying closes with no changes

The qualifying period for Oconee School Board candidates expired at the noon hour today, with no changes. That means Andy Inabinet, incumbent and board of trustees chairman, goes into the November General Election as the one and only ballot candidate for Seat Three, the Seneca area. There is ballot competition for Seat One. Incumbent Jerry Lee faces a challenge from […]

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NEA grant for Pickens

National Endowment funds in the amount of $25 thousand are coming to the city of Pickens. The announcement was made Jane Chu, chairman of the NEA. Sixty-six projects in 38 states are being approved for $5 million worth of “Our Town” grant money. The money for Pickens will go to the project Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music and be used […]

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Stolen car destroyed in fiery accident

A car stolen on Friday near Walhalla turned up in a fiery accident near West Union. And Oconee Sheriff’s Office reports one person has been arrested. Law enforcement records show Nathan Dwight Heaton, 34, of Mountain Rest charged with grand larceny after a 2000 Dodge Stratus was stolen from an address on the Westminmster Highway. Authorities say the 4-door Dodge […]

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Road repairs underway!

Repair work started this morning on a county road in the Tamassee Community.  According to Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, Saturday night’s torrential downpours washed out Lester Lane.  Earlier Krein mis-identified the damaged road as Bumgardner Drive. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Vacancy to be filled in Salem

A vacancy in Salem is to be filled tomorrow night when Jim Williams is scheduled for the oath of office as municipal judge. Williams, an attorney in Seneca, is to be sworn in during the regular August meeting of town council, which begins at 6 o’clock. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Car runs off I-85

Public safety responders report a car left I-85 southbound in Oconee County and struck a sign for the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway.  No one reported hurt in the accident below the highway 59 bridge over the interstate.  State troopers reported the accident shortly before 6:30 this morning.  Among the responders:  members of the Fair Play Volunteer Fire Department. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Heavy rains damage Greenville County and I-85

Flash flooding Saturday night damaged parts of eastern Greenville County, including I-85. Some of the more significant damage was left on I-85 southbound at mile marker 54. Water flowed thru a culvert crossing Brushy Creek near Pelham Road. According to estimates, four to five feet of water flooded the southbound lanes for a 400 to 500-foot stretch. That stretch was […]

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Clock ticking for candidates!

The deadline to be a ballot candidate in this year’s Oconee School Board elections is just hours away. To run in the pair of non-partisan elections in November, candidates must be signed up by the noon hour today at the office of Oconee County School District. Two seats are available this year. At last report, the candidates were incumbent Andy […]

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