Fixture at OC Courthouse begins retirement

After a career that covered 30 years, Paul David Stanton has begun retirement. P-D Stanton spent the last 13 years as an Oconee deputy sheriff, assigned to the security detail at the courthouse. Before that, he served 24 years as a South Carolina state trooper. During a ceremony last week, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and Chief Deputy Kevin Davis gave Stanton […]

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Making scooter riding safer

Thomas Alexander has nothing against mopeds that dot the highways. But the state senator says he wants a change in law that’ll make those small vehicles more visible to larger ones. “My concern is their visibility,” Alexander recently told the Walhalla Rotary Club. The legislation the Oconee-Pickens Republican has in mind will require all South Carolina mopeds to display a […]

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1-cent application to be discussed tonight

At their meeting tonight, Oconee library trustees are expected to discuss the progress of their application to be considered for a 1-cent local sales tax for the benefit of library improvements countywide. Danny Day, chairman of the library board of trustees, says the library has yet to make application of the county’s Capital Project Sales Tax Commission, but the application […]

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In the event an electric bus catches fire

Seneca anticipates the arrival of a fleet of electric-power passenger buses to run Clemson Area Transit routes throughout the city and adjoining areas. To prepare, electric power-charging stations are being established. But what in the event one of those buses catches fire. How do the firemen extinguish fire in an electric bus? Chief Jan Oliver says 25 of his fire […]

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Airman Oliver completes training

Air Force Airman Austin Oliver graduated from basic military training in San Antonio, Texas. He completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He’s the son of Teresa Oliver of Seneca and Mike Oliver of West Union and a 2012 Walhalla High graduate.

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Haley calls it a significant drop

Governor Nikki Haley calls the statewide un-employment decrease significant—a drop from 7.9% in September to 7.5% in October. State officials say this is the lowest rate in South Carolina since 2008 and the closest to the national since 2002. Oconee County’s jobless rolls also show a corresponding decrease. Oconee’s 7.5% matches the state for October. The Oconee percentage dropped from […]

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Weigh station re-opens on I-85

A South Carolina transport police weigh station re-opens today at Townville, at the nine-mile marker on Interstate 85. And, with improved technology to detect safety violations on commercial trucks, the state is confident that its officers will be able to better regulate truck traffic passing through the area. Trucks will be weighed and their credentials screened against federal and state […]

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