Apparel operation joins the OC Incubator

A start-up company, Lunatic Apparel, is establishing operations in downtown Walhalla—inside the Oconee Business Development Center. At 104 Brown Square, what’s called the Oconee Incubator is operated by Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation and is designed to offer emerging small business a low-cost location. Mary Collins is the owner of Lunatic Apparel. The incubator and the development corporation model was established […]

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Signing ceremony underway!

At a rural location near Pendleton, an important document is being signed today affecting Duke Energy and Oconee County and other areas. It’s a signing ceremony for the Keowee-Toxaway hydro relicensing stakeholder team members. They are to formalize a contract that over the course of a new federal license is to enhance water resource protection, recreation amenities, land conservation, and […]

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Variety of thought promised on the ACA

For those venturing onto the Clemson campus tonight a variety of opinion is promised on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Americans. Critics refer to the law as Obamacare. Panelists include a professor, doctor, and two policy analysts. Lee Crandall will be one of the panelists for the discussion titled, “How Does It Affect Me? Perspectives on the […]

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Westminster gets a clean opinion

Westminster received good marks last night for its financial records. In fact, the city administrator says, Westminster got the highest opinion possible. (Outside auditor) “Jason White was there to present the fiscal year 2012-13 audit to the city council, and he indicated that we got an unqualified opinion, which is the highest opinion you can get,” Smith said this morning. […]

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Seneca rounds up drug suspects

On a cold, windy morning the Seneca police are trying to clear their city of drug law violators. Chief John Covington says this roundup of 41 suspects, wanted on 60 arrest warrants, arises from six months’ investigation by his department’s narcotics unit. Suspects are wanted for offenses including distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, controlled substances, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession with […]

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Grant awarded for public art

Seneca has been named a recipient of a $5 thousand grant that will allow for art works in public places. The grant from Hughes Investments for the purpose of community vibrancy was announced at a meeting yesterday of the organization Ten at the Top. It goes to the city and the Blue Ridge Arts Association. The art group’s vice president, […]

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Streetscape plan shown!

Walhalla’s Streetscape project dominated the city council’s regular November meeting, as landscape architect Clint Rigsby displayed what a four-block section of Main will resemble once the thoroughfare is reduced from four to two lanes of travel—between Ann and Tugaloo streets. “Sidewalk zone, angle parking, a back-out buffer space, 12’ travel lanes, a median in the middle,” according to Rigsby of […]

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Car break-in probe turns up suspect

  The Clemson police say their investigation of home burglaries and car break-ins throughout the east side of their city has turned up a suspect. The police have released a photo of a white male in a white shirt using a credit card stolen in one of the car break-ins. He is also considered a person of interest in other incidents. […]

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Controversial ordinance gets OCC OK

Oconee County Council approved last night an ordinance to require the Joint Regional Sewer Authority to provide more details when it submits requests for payments—such as an annual $600 thousand payment. First reading approval was unanimous on the part of the council, though the JRSA is anything except pleased. Before last night’s council meeting, JRSA Chairman Scott Parris used the […]

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OCC says yes to merger

Oconee County will fire up the ammunition needed to win at the game of economic development. The long-talked merger between the county Economic Development Office and the public-private partnership Oconee Alliance sailed through during last night’s County Council meeting, following presentations by County Administrator Scott Moulder and Alliance Chairman Robert Halfacre. The council, however, postponed the blending of the county’s […]

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