Work on new bridge changes hands

  The Oconee County new bridge project will close a road to thru traffic and require its users to take an alternate route.  Work by the county Roads and Bridges Department on the new Mauldin Mill Road bridge near Seneca begins Monday, December 14 and is estimated to take until March 25 to finish.  The specific part of the Mauldin […]

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Movie theatre changes hands

A deal this week assures that Oconee’s one and only movie theatre remains in the hands of an out of state group.  The North Carolina outfit Ruby Enterprises has sold the Seneca Cinemas to SC Premiere Realty, a Texas liability company.  A deed affidavit, filed with the office of the Oconee Register of Deeds, pegs the purchase price at $1.9 […]

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School Board to receive audit report

How well the Oconee School District handled the millions of dollars it spent for public education during 2014-15 is being tracked by the district’s outside auditor.  And Monday night the school board receives the fiscal year 2015 report from Don Estep, certified public accountant.  Spending for public education has caught the attention of a critic of the school board’s decision […]

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Merle Guntle

Merle Leslie Guntle, 82, of 570 Pruitt Road, Seneca died Tuesday.  He was the widower of Melinda Frances Guntle.  A memorial service will be 7 pm Friday at Foothills Community Church on Bountyland Road, Seneca.  In  place of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial and Tributes Processing Ctr., PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA  23058-5216. […]

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Christmas concert tonight


The Seneca High School Choral Department presents “Sounds of the Season” at 8 o’clock tonight at the Seneca Baptist Church.  Tonight’s concert will open with the Madrigal Singers performing a hit single from their Christmas album.  Performances are planned tonight from the men’s and women’s choruses.  Diane McFarlane directs the choral ensembles and Mashelia Cobb is the accompanist.  Admission tonight […]

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Accident on West North First Street

One person was reported hurt in a Seneca traffic accident yesterday morning on W-N First Street.  The police say the accident involved Toyota and Chevrolet automobiles and occurred when one car came to a stop before making a left turn off the street.  Capt. Robert Tribble said a citation charging too fast for conditions was issued to the Toyota driver, […]

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Child care giver arrested

Kayla Michelle Reid

A 20-year old Seneca woman who cared for an infant has been arrested.  The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Kayla Michelle Reid of Lori Jen Lane on the charge unlawful neglect of a child.  After being alerted December 1 by the Department of Social Services, officers determined the girl suffered a skull injury from two blunt force impacts at […]

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Re-done agreement may end plane tax squabble

The end may be approaching for a contentious lawsuit that has divided Oconee County leaders.  On the agenda for Tuesday’s county council meeting is first reading of an ordinance that, according to the agenda’s language, reforms and re-states a ground lease agreement between the county and Hangar III.  As part of the ordinance, there is to be the release or […]

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Outage resulted from car striking power pole

Hundreds of Blue Ridge Electric customers lost power temporarily this morning when a car hit a pole on Shiloh Road and Davis Creek Road.  Officials reported one injury in that accident.  Power crews arrived shortly after 7 o’clock and discovered that the car had hit a single-phase electric power pole.  But, according to Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger, the impact caused […]

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