County mulls school district offer

Chairman Paul Cain of Oconee County Council announced last night that the school district has offered the county the building and grounds at Oakway once the intermediate school there is closed in a couple of weeks.  Cain says the offer includes 30 acres which bode for possibilities.  But the councilman for the Oakway area, Joel Thrift, says, “I really don’t […]

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Government worried about the lack of rain

The Army Corps of Engineers is getting worried about the lack of rainfall.  Since December the basin has experienced below average rainfall every month (a 7-inch deficit between Hartwell and Thurmond through April).  Reservoir levels remained favorable due to the 2015 year-end precipitation. Although rainfall since January has only been 64 percent of normal, inflows have remained near normal due […]

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House overrides farm aid veto

A state lawmaker from Greenville County defends the House of Representatives’ decision to override Governor Haley’s veto of a farm aid bill.  Rep. Phyllis Henderson says the bill is aimed at helping farmers overcome last October’s so-called 1,000 year flood.  Henderson quoted the governor as saying, “I will not support any bailout of any industry over any other industry that […]

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Budgets substituted for one that raises taxes

  After nearly three hours last night, Oconee County Council settled on a new budget that will raise taxes by nearly 1.5 mills.  Meeting as the budget committee, the council discarded a previously agreed on budget that avoided a tax increase by transferring $400 thousand dollars from the county’s profitable rock quarry operations.  But, last night Chairman Cain and council […]

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For now, Tiller excluded from pay hike

For now, at least, the Seneca policeman involved in the shooting death of an unarmed suspect won’t share in a pay raise that is making its way through the channels at City Hall. Chief of Police John Covington issued this statement this afternoon. “There has been a lot of recent media attention about the proposed pay raises for our officers […]

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Kayakers found safe and headed home

Four kayakers overdue from their outing on the Chattooga River were found safe today and, according to Oconee Emergency Services, were on their way home.  The county’s Charlie King credits a helicopter with finding the missing young men.  King gave this account of the episode:  “During an interview with each of the subjects, they stated that their planned trip was […]

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Lake death natural

The coroner says an autopsy showed Asheville, North Carolina resident Leon Cameron Pace probably had cardiac arrhythmia that led to his sudden death yesterday at Lake Keowee.  Coroner Addis said the 68-year old Pace had a pre-existing coronary disease.  He was found floating in the water.  The manner of Pace’s death was classified natural.  The autopsy showed no signs of […]

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Westminster sets administrator vote

Westminster has scheduled a rare Wednesday night meeting for the purpose of hiring a new city administrator.  Chris Carter of Georgetown and Rodney Johnson of Florence have been identified as the finalists for the job.  Westminster has set 7 o’clock tomorrow night at the Depot for an executive session to discuss the position and then to consider a contract for […]

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Horses should be vaccinated

State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of an unusually early case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse in Horry County. “This is the earliest in the spring that we’ve seen this disease in many years,” said Adam Eichelberger, a veterinarian overseeing animal health programs for Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health. The […]

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Overdue kayakers appear OK

Word late this morning is that four overdue kayakers on section three of the Chattooga appear to be OK and are making progress down river.  Rescue teams are hiking nearby trails and paddling the river in an attempt to reach the party to assure their safety. At this time, according to Oconee County’s Charlioe King, “We believe the boaters are […]

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