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Lakeside restaurant temporarily closed

May 1, 2013

A Lake Keowee restaurant near Seneca has closed temporarily because of a kitchen fire. According to the Seneca Fire Department, yesterday morning’s fire at the Tikki Hutt on Old Salem Road was doused by kitchen workers using extinguishers. Department spokesman Chris Cartee says the investigation of the fire is in the hands of Shane Gibbs,…

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“Flat” local budget request

May 1, 2013

Before Oconee County Council, Dr. Mike Lucas, county Superintendent of Education, offered what he called a “flat” budget request—meaning it seeks no additional local tax funds for general education purposes in the next year. Bottom line figures for the budgets projected for Oconee School District: $86.8 million in both state and local source revenues; $88.6…

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Oconee’s financial crunch

May 1, 2013

In the eyes of its administrator, Oconee County faces a stark challenge in what some see as a new normal after the Great Recession. Scott Moulder laid out for the County Council last night a choice of either raising taxes and fees or cutting spending which means fewer services. Moulder proposed a general county budget…

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Skipp succeeds Adams

May 1, 2013

Oconee Republicans have reorganized for 2013, and they have new a new chairman and a new vice-chairman. Bob Skipp succeeded Eddie Adams, who stepped down as chairman. Bill Jerome is the new vice chairman. New chairman Skipp embraces the conservative philosophy and claims to be an original Tea Party organizer. In a 96.3/WGOG NEWS interview,…

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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

April 30, 2013

The United Way of Oconee, partnering with the state DSS, will issue free coupons to low income adults 60 and older that may be used to buy fresh produce at local participating farmers’ markets. Each eligible person will receive $35 worth of coupons that may be used from June through October 15. They’ll be issued…

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Fire in restaurant kitchen

April 30, 2013

Employees at a lakeside restaurant near Seneca this morning used extinguishers to put out a kitchen fire. The 9-1-1 call received from the Seneca Fire Department reported a gas leak at the Tikki Hut preceded the fire. It occurred as the restaurant was preparing today’s lunch, and two of the employees required medical attention—one for…

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Drug arrest made in Seneca

April 30, 2013

A 55-year old man was arrested yesterday at a Seneca business—an arrest made by both city and county officers. According to an announcement by the Oconee Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Michael West of West North Second Street, Seneca was arrested at Yesterday’s, a West North First Street business, and warrants were served also at West’s home.…

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Solid waste bill concerns

April 30, 2013

Oconee County leaders are worried that legislation before the South Carolina General Assembly could take away their authority to keep out of state solid waste from being stored in their county. It’s a bill supported by the State Chamber of Commerce and opposed by the South Carolina Association of Counties. According to Charles Edens, president…

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Walhalla chorus in competition

April 30, 2013

Three choirs from the Walhalla Middle School Chorus competed Saturday against choirs from three states during the Music Showcase Festival at Six Flags Over Georgia. The local singers brought back first place trophies and ratings. The competition featured choirs from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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Get out the calculators and sharpen the pencils

April 30, 2013

Budget figures will fly tonight inside the chambers of the Oconee County Council. During a special 6 o’clock meeting, the Oconee Superintendent of Education and his staff will present their request for 2013-14. Once the education presentation is made, there’s to be a break before County Administrator Scott Moulder and staff present their version of…

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