Oconee teacher group recognizes four seniors

Oconee Teacher Forum scholarships are being awarded this year to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college and major in education.  Certificates were presented this week by Fred Edgerton, Oconee Teacher of the Year, to Kelsey Ramey of West-Oak High School, Tommy “T-J” Galloway of Walhalla High School, Kierra Douglas of Seneca High School, and Noah Powell […]

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Walhalla Pool to open May 27

The Walhalla Municipal Swimming Pool on W. Main Street will open for a new season Friday, May 27—the start of the Memorial Day weekend.  Season passes are now available from the YMCA which, once again, will operate the pool for the city.  The “Y” may be reached at 864/962-4049. The idea to add a splash pad for the youngest swimmers […]

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Case alleging murder set for trial

  The prosecutor’s office plans to call to trial next week the charge of murder and other alleged offenses against a young Seneca area man.  Atop the docket for Oconee General Sessions Court is South Carolina versus James William Toward.  He’s one of two persons arrested in the investigation of the shooting death of Robert Andrew Johnson in 2014 on Ames […]

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Search ends well on the Foothills Trail

A search has ended with success on the Foothills Trail.  Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services says a husband and his wife were found yesterday not far from the Bad Creek access to the trail.  He said they were transported to their car which was parked at the Oconee State Park.  Oconee 9-1-1 received a call for help yesterday morning […]

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Westminster awards contracts

  In his final days as city administrator, Jeff Lord is tidying up the business of Westminster.  And that includes new sidewalks and new electric transformers.  At the city administrator’s recommendation, the council last night awarded contracts for nine sidewalks.  According to Lord, Westminster has been approved for a grant from the county’s state “C” Fund Committee.  A Columbia company […]

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Deputies graduate from state academy

Two Oconee deputy sheriffs have graduated in a ceremony at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.  Caitlyn Pope and Ike Lewis have begun work as Uniform Patrol Officers.  Pope will work during the day and Lewis will work at night.  Pope graduated in 2014 from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human services.  She is […]

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Jeff Lord’s two Westminster years near end

Westminster’s elected leaders return to another closed-door meeting this afternoon to consider who will be the city’s next administrator.  The city’s current administrator, Jeff Lord, said his goodbyes last night during city council’s regular May meeting and added that his two years have been fun and he will miss everyone.  Those in the meeting room reacted kindly to their departing […]

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Westminster funds swim pool opening

  Susan Ramey will place a call this morning to David Stokes.  The Westminster city councilwoman is hopeful the office of the county’s building codes department will see fit to allow for the re-opening of the city’s swimming pool, closed since 2012.  Applause rang out in the Westminster City Council meeting room when the council voted last night to fund […]

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“Floating treatment wetland” at Clemson

A large floating garden — shaped like a Tiger paw — was recently installed in the old Seneca River Basin adjacent to Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The garden, which is technically called a “floating treatment wetland,” is laced with plants and flowers to beautify the pond and benefit the environment.  Ryan Medric, a recent Clemson graduate, envisioned the project last fall. […]

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Helen Jones Starr Chandler

Seneca, SC— Helen Jones Starr Chandler, 81, wife of Larry Gene Chandler, of 103 Chandler Place, Seneca, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016, at her home.The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow later in Albemarle, NC, under the direction of Hartsell Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted, or […]

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