Navigating the healthcare nmarketplace

You can forgive the crowd in Seneca last night if it felt it had crammed for a college final in hieroglyphics. But, no matter the question or comment, the moderators proved calm and steady as they guided about 75 people through the maze that is the new Affordable Care Act. In spite of the partial federal government shutdown the ACA, […]

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Streetscape public workshop

Walhalla invites questions, comments and suggestions for Streetscape. And you can make them directly today to one of the companies involved in the project. Representatives of Seamon Whiteside will greet the public at 124 E. Main Street, Walhalla between noon and 5 p-m. According to city administrator Nancy Goehle, it’ll be a drop-in type format and you can go and […]

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Timing for A-G’s opinion questioned

Dr. Michael Thorsland, acting superintendent for Oconee public schools, is questioning the timing for county Treasurer Greg Nowell’s request for a state Attorney’s General opinion aimed at solving a money dispute. Nowell intends to seek that opinion this week on whether he was correct to deny the school district a portion of fees and penalties accrued from tax payments. It’s […]

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Rain postpones “Elbow Grease” filming

A couple of inches of much-needed rain that fell during the early morning hours today proved no friend to those who are filming the movie “Elbow Grease” in Seneca. Riley Johnson, city events coordinator, says the movie makers’ plans to shoot a street festival scene on Ramcat Alley have been re-scheduled for Wednesday. That’s going to mean that Seneca will […]

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Awaiting a start date

In a week and a half, the Oconee County Sheriff hopes to have a start date for building the new jail. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says another meeting with the architects will take place Thursday, October 17—as a follow-up to meeting last week. “It will take about one year to build once they begin. They are to come back on the […]

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Treasurer and OSD at loggerheads

Oconee Treasurer Greg Nowell takes the position he’s just looking out for taxpayers’ money, but Dr. Michael Thorsland, the county’s acting superintendent for education questions whether Nowell exceeded the authority of his office. Treasurer Nowell says he’s OK with allowing the state’s legal department to decide. Nowell says he will draft a letter, as early as today, to ask the […]

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Wet summer bodes well for fall colors

A prediction from Clemson University for an extended season of fall colors. Forest ecologist Donald Hagen says record-breaking summer rains that caused creeks and rivers to overflow likely will mean a longer leaf season in the Southern Appalachians. “The wet soil means that trees should hold their leaves longer and fall colors will unfold more slowly. We’re unlikely to have […]

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Autopsy today

An autopsy takes place today on the body of a 23-year old man found in Lake Hartwell. Oconee Coroner Karl Addis said Logan Wolfe of Richmond Hill, Georgia was found about 100 feet from where he fell into the lake in about 55 feet of water. Saturday afternoon, according to Georgia DNR law enforcement officer Craig Fulghum, a group was […]

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Emergency regulation impacts JRSA

An emergency regulation issued by the state after the discovery of illegal dumping has impact on Oconee County’s wastewater treatment plant. Bob Winchester, executive director of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority, announced at a meeting Thursday that the order, issued by DHEC, will require the JRSA to analyze a thick black gunk known as sludge for the potential presence […]

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Learn more and sign up at Seneca meeting

Parts of the federal government are shut down—in a major dispute dividing Democrats and Republicans. But the national health care law, championed by President Obama, is up and running. An information meeting to help those without insurance sign up and learn more about the program takes place Monday night in Seneca. Sponsored by the A-H-A Alliance, the meeting takes place […]

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