Tax district to be rescinded

Oconee County officials have agreed to rescind a special tax district that was formedto raise money to upgrade a sub-standard road inside a subdivision near Seneca. The county and the homeowners in Stone Pond subdivision off highway 59 had pursued a special tax district. According to County Council Chairman Joel Thrift, tax bills of Stone Pond homeowners would be increased […]

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“No further discussions” on High-Tec Road

  Oconee County Council Chairman Joel Thrift announced last night that because of problems over rights-of-way no further discussions are planned between the county and the DOT about county-owned and maintained High Tec Road. The narrow two-lane road behind Dogwood Plaza is a heavily used cut-thru between Wells Highway and the 123 intersection in front of Wal-Mart. The idea had […]

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Land clearing to start tomorrow

A project to build a combination coroner’s headquarters and a satellite station for the sheriff’s office is expected to begin tomorrow on the grounds of the Oconee Medical Center. At last night’s meeting of the county council, County Administrator Scott Moulder predicted the work will begin with land-clearing. The county has selected Roebuck Builders as the general contractor. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Man draws 135-month prison sentence

A defendant in the Anderson General Sessions Court was sent to prison yesterday for a term amounting to 11 years and three months. The 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced the sentencing by Judge Eddie Welmaker of Jamal Watt—convicted last month on charges of attempted murder, resisting arrest, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. According to the […]

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Council casts two votes after closed session

A second night of private deliberations produced another Oconee County Council vote on an economic development matter. Last night the council emerged from its closed meeting and voted to proceed with the matter—details of which have yet to be disclosed publicly. The vote was 4 to 1, with District Two’s Wayne McCall voting no. The council cast a second vote […]

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Tax break three weekend away

How often does South Carolina extend the taxpayers a break? You can count on one before the start of a new school year. This year’s sales tax holiday will run Friday through Sunday, August 1-3. Among store items that will be exempt from the sales tax that weekend: clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers, blankets, bath towels and pillows. The […]

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Tracking South Carolina alligators

 Clemson University researchers will employ GPS to track alligators in the state’s coastal plain. The satellite tracking is part of a study to understand their population numbers, movement and ecology. South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources wants to design a long-term alligator harvesting strategy. And the state has found that a night-light survey design based on monitoring programs in Florida […]

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Financial aid answers via Twitter

In six weeks, the fall semester at Tri-County Technical College begins—making now a time when students and parents want answers about financial aid deadlines, scholarship requirements and how to manage debt.  Tech’s financial staff reports high volumes of phones calls and emails that await answers.  But the college now offers a new way to get immediate answers—both during the weekend […]

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Civic club donates to 9/11 memorial project

 A civic organization has come through with a$1 thousand donation to the Oconee County committee raising money for a 9/11 memorial to be erected adjacent to what will be the new home for Walhalla High School. The donation by the Salem Lions Club, in a sense, is no surprise, for it was that organization that first suggested the project. A […]

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Oconee to soar with “Project Eagle”?

After two and a half hours of a private meeting, the Oconee County Council is moving ahead on two of three unspecified economic development matters. The council emerged last night without acting on the first of three matters discussed. It did vote to direct its legal counsel to proceed with an agreement on a project code-named “Eagle.” Councilman Paul Corbeil […]

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