Pickens County men sentenced to prison

Pickens County men sentenced to prison 0730, Wed., 5 November 2014..lrm For a Clemson student’s homicide two years ago, three Pickens County men are beginning prison sentences of 20 years each. A spokeswoman for the Greenville-Pickens Solicitor says Kadeem Ramsey and Jaron and Jordan Dalton must serve at least 17 years before becoming eligible for parole. They were sentenced for […]

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“Patience and perseverance” recommended

The policymakers for Pioneer Rural Water are being advised to be patient while they persevere through what’s called a bureaucratic exercise as the water provider goes about building a treatment plant. Chuck Joye of Design South engineers gave a detailed report yesterday to the Pioneer board of directors meeting about the new treatment plant site, the Golden Corner Commerce Park, […]

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Victory for the group Limited Government

Almost from the start last night, Jerry Barnett liked the running totals projected onto the computer screen inside the meeting room where the Oconee County votes were tallied. What he liked especially was that, from the start, from the first absentee totals reported the 1-cent addition to the local sales tax seemed doomed for defeat. Barnett, a member of the […]

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Honea flinches and winces at Loftis email

Fair Play’s Ryan Honea reacted Monday to an email from South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, urging a no vote on any local sales tax proposition. Honea, whose agricultural area would have benefited from passage of Oconee’s 1-cent referendum, decided he would then do some horse trading with Loftis, the state’s purse holder. Honea fired back an answer, urging Loftis […]

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Oconee turns out 46% (20,568 votes)

Oconee voters rebelled at the idea of a capital sales project tax. At the same time, they demonstrated a taste for the spirits on the Lord’s Day. Nearly 46% of those eligible cast votes in the 2014 General Election and, in every instance where a Republican met a Democrat, Oconee’s electorate went with the Republican in a big way—giving the […]

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Koyo co-op trains for lifelong career

Over the next few years, Koyo Bearings in Walhalla will face a dilemma common to manufacturers—filling jobs vacated by senior employees who take with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Kellie Smith, Koyo human resources analyst, says the challenge is to proactively hire a pipeline of qualified employees to succeed them. The departures create opportunities for students like Wesley […]

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“Steady” voting across Oconee County

Nearly four hours into voting today, the turnout across Oconee County has been described as steady. The head of Oconee elections, Joy Scharich, said no major problems. Just the usual ones, such as voters waiting until Election Day to get their addresses straight. Still some confusion over where Westminster precinct voters cast their ballots. A couple of years ago the […]

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Walhalla to push forward with Streetscape

“We are in a position now to send out bids after our November council meeting….” Walhalla’s mayor pro-tem Tjay Bagwell made the announcement last night in his Streetscape report to the annual meeting and supper of Partners for Progress. Bagwell, however, attached a condition for the bids to hit the street. “If the DOT returns the proper permits that we […]

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