Sandifer part of conference committee duty

An Oconee state lawmaker is part of a six-member conference committee trying for compromise over whether a California app-based ride-sharing service should remain available to South Carolinians and tourists. Rep. Bill Sandifer, Seneca Republican, was on his way back to Columbia yesterday to take up Uber’s temporary license granted by the state Public Service Commission. At issue is how the […]

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Warrants identify defendant in Newry crimes

Warrants released by Oconee Sheriff’s Office have identified the man suspected in a series of weekend crimes in Newry—one of which victimized a state police agent. A Bayshore Eight resident, 27-year old Daniel Lloyd Stevens, is charged in arrest warrants with petty larceny, grand larceny, breaking into motor vehicles. Stevens was booked in jail Sunday afternoon. Investigators say many of […]

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A busy night for municipalities and their budgets

Five percent rate increases for water and sewer service face leaders in Seneca tonight as they further consider budgets for the government year that begins July 1. It’s budget time tonight also for the city councils in Walhalla and Westminster. At Westminster, the council is scheduled for an executive session to take up the controversial conservation easement on the Chauga […]

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A first for Streetscape

A first for Walhalla Streetscape has been achieved. Scott Parris, utilities director, reports that new water service was established to Martha’s Marketplace Café late yesterday, and additional water connections are to be set today along the same section of Main Street. It means water is being funneled in that section of the downtown in a new eight-inch water line, replacing […]

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State sells off old job centers

A state lawmaker says South Carolina has sold several buildings including the one at Seneca that were used as employment security commission offices. State Representative Bill Sandifer says claims for unemployment compensation are now handled electronically and the public libraries serve as a starting point for those without access to computers. The state building on N. Radio Station Road, Seneca […]

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Newry crime victimized state policeman

Oconee Sheriff’s Office has identified a man in custody who is suspected of having made his way into a parked state police vehicle and stole seized cash, SLED badges, two communications radios, and a loaded handgun—-among other state-owned property. According to information released to 96.3/WGOG NEWS, an investigator was in the process today of obtaining a warrant charging the individual […]

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A word of thanks, from Bob Faires

From the standpoint of Seneca Light and Water, last night’s middle of the night scheduled power outage went well and accomplished its objective. It was the second of two scheduled outages to allow work in the system. Bob Faires, utilities director, said he’s grateful for customers for their patience and understanding. Those affected were without service for about two and […]

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Lease agreements to be transacted

Seneca City Hall meetings begin at 5:15 tomorrow evening. They’ll start with a meeting of the board for the city Facilities Corporation. Two lease agreements are on the agenda. One covering City of Seneca transit; the other, with Borg Warner Torq Transfer Systems. At 6 tomorrow, city council holds its regular June meeting, to be preceded by the annual budget […]

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Turner and Blair head the Oconee hospital board

New leadership is in place on the board of directors at Oconee Memorial Hospital. During a meeting Friday, the board elected Gene Blair as vice chairman. Blair succeeds Cecil Turner, who has taken over the chairman’s seat. The position of chairman opened when Rick Phillips became a member of the parent board of directors of the Greenville Health System.

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Arrest made in heist of restaurant safe

In the investigation of a burglary at a Seneca restaurant, the police Friday arrested an employee and charged him with burglary second degree and grand larceny. The police identified the man arrested as Dylan Michael Rhoton of the Anderson County town of Starr. The 23-year old Rhoton was employed at the Burrito Shack on N. Radio Station Road. The police […]

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