Poultry truck wreck blocks intersection

A country cross-road near Westminster remains blocked to regular traffic this morning—the result of a poultry truck accident. At one point, that accident left chickens everywhere and a major cleanup facing Oconee County HAZMAT. Bobby Williams, chief of the county’s hazardous materials response team, said the accident occurred around 2 a-m at Greenfield and South Retreat roads. Williams says it’s […]

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“What should have been done was not done”

What’s past is past, but two Seneca officials implored a crowd of Adams subdivision residents and others last night that they want to work together to find a satisfactory resolution as to what becomes of the former Kellett Elementary building and property. In ways made clearer than before, Seneca’s utilities director said no longer is the building and property being […]

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Worker’s dismissal leads to police case

A 56-year old man in Seneca is accused of kicking and using a stick, possibly a small baseball bat, to beat a co-worker who dismissed him from his job. The police say in the incident the victim was thrown from a loading dock and lost consciousness. The police yesterday arrested Donald Paul Gentile and charged him with burglary first degree, […]

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OC factory to make upgrade

A $5 million investment is being announced today to upgrade the Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire plant near Westminster. The Westminster Highway operation makes precision flat and fine wire products, along with a special ribbon in the manufacture of solar modules. And the Westminster plant also operates a focus factory dedicated to the research development of new products and processes. An […]

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For a second time, fire damages Utica home

Fire fighters say they quickly put a stop to a fire yesterday at a home near Seneca without anyone having been hurt. But it was the second time since Thanksgiving that fire fighters have found themselves faced by a fire at that same Utica address. Once again, according to Oconee Deputy Fire Chief Grahl Haney police help has been solicited […]

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Graham to enroll in Obamacare SC

U-S Senator Lindsey Graham will enroll in Obamacare’s South Carolina health care exchange and forego the special taxpayer subsidy available to members of Congress. “I don’t think Members of Congress should get a special deal,” Graham said in a statement from Washington. “Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else,” […]

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Volunteers flock to Lake Jocassee

On a windy, chilly morning volunteers filled 47 bags with trash found in Oconee County’s Lake Jocassee. Brooks Wade, who helped coordinate the effort, said it was an impressive load of debris—including a 15-gallon garbage can, a five gallon bucket, a car bumper, a pontoon boat door, a piece of guardrail and a table.

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95 WW2 veterans identified in OC

An effort to identify Second World War veterans living in Oconee County, so far, has produced 95 men and women. The county Office of Veterans Affairs seeks to identify additional numbers, but will impose a deadline for its project. “We are going to continue to look for our ‘greatest generation’ through December 31,” V-A Director Jerry Dyar said. Dyar’s office […]

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First Family’s Christmas open house

Governor Nikki Haley and the First Family invite South Carolinians to join them for a Christmas open house tonight—5:3o to 7:30 at the Governor’s Mansion. The event is free of charge, open to the public and no reservations are required. The First Family requests that guests consider bringing canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank, as well as school supplies […]

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