Library trustees re-group

The chairman of Oconee’s library trustees looked back last night on the failed vote to raise funds to build new libraries and criticized those who campaigned against the referendum. Danny Day suggested the playing field for the November referendum was uneven. He told his fellow library trustees, “We were encumbered to tell the truth. Those who opposed us were not […]

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One zoning appeal denied, another granted

In a unanimous vote, the Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals decided it wants to maintain the neighborhood of W. Ervin Street near South College for stick-built homes. The board last night denied Richard Burton’s request for a variance that would have allowed him to place a manufactured home at 103 W. Ervin for the purpose of a home for himself. […]

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Charges in fatal wreck near Seneca dismissed

Prosecutors have announced the dismissal of charges of felony driving under the influence resulting in death against a Westminster man. The highway patrol had charged Drew Woodall Greene in its investigation of a five-vehicle collision that took the lives of two Iva residents the night of September 6 near Seneca. Michele Wright and Joshua Silvers were killed when their car […]

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Keowee students take Arbor Day seriously

  Getting ready for Arbor Day tomorrow, the Service Learning Club at Keowee Elementary School hosted a school-wide poetry contest to highlight the importance of trees. Students wrote a variety of creative, tree-themed poems. Contest winner Ashlyn Denny of the second grade and Carlee Gansen of the fourth grade were given pine trees to take home to plant, as well […]

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Pharmacist’s retirement ends Fair Play legacy

The retirement last month of a community pharmacist brought to an end the Mays legacy of medical care in Fair Play. Effective in November there was no longer a Mays employed there as a druggist or, for that matter, as a general physician. An arrangement through An Med of Anderson provides physician services in the communit today.  For more than […]

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Police seize stolen motorcycle, arrest driver

A motorcycle, stolen in Clemson, turned up Tuesday night in Seneca where the police seized the Harley Davidson and arrested its driver. And now 29-year old Michael Lee Mauldin sits in the Oconee Jail—facing multiple charges, including possession of stolen goods. Two policemen, working as part of a narcotics operation on S. Walnut Street, spotted the motorcycle and suspected it […]

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Norman Dukes experiences a different “rural”

An Oconee County law enforcement officer’s long-distance walk is acquainting him with a rural part of South Carolina previously not experienced by him. As the school resource officer in Salem, Dukes is well familiar with the rolling hills of the upstate. But his last leg of a two-to-three year walk to benefit education has opened his eyes to a different […]

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Car crash in downtown Westminster

Three cars collided this morning in downtown Westminster. Though no one was hurt, part of E. Windsor Street in front of the Westminster Baptist Church was blocked for about one hour, as the police waited for the highway patrol to investigate. Chief Dean Awalt said his department requested a trooper because one of the drivers is a daughter of a […]

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Prediction: wet spring likely

The SavannahRiver basin remains an abnormally dry place, but there is a prediction for a recovery this spring.  The Army Corps of Engineers calls attention to this week’s prediction from the national climate center for a 58% chance of El Nino conditions (wet) through the spring of 2015.  None of the models of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration suggest a […]

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Century Farm designation

The South Carolina Century Farms Program, administered by the Pendleton District Commission, announces that the Thrailkill Family Farm in Chester County has been designated a South Carolina Century Farm. The farm was purchased by the family in 1909, and has been continuously owned by the family since then. The farm is currently owned by C. Earl and Elizabeth Thrailkill of […]

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