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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Search and rescue operation

An emergency official has confirmed reports that Oconee County has started a search and rescue operation this morning in the vicinity of Duke Energy’s Bad Creek hydro project. Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services says responders received a call from a woman hiker saying her husband had fallen ill on the Foothills Trail.  The couple are believed to be from […]

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Car flips after hitting pole

During the 10 o’clock hour this morning, a car left Westminster’s E. North Avenue, hit a telephone pole, and flipped.  Chief Dean Awalt of the police department says no one was hurt.  At the time rain fell and road conditions were wet.  The police believe the car hydroplaned. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Ex-offenders to get help landing jobs

A state grant will allow the area’s technical college to help ex-criminal offenders find work in the field of highway construction.  The state Department of Employment and Workforce today announced a $148 thousand dollar grant to Tri-County Technical College to provide highway construction apprenticeships to unemployed ex-offenders.  The program is to help those with criminal records and lacking in skills […]

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Tax increase OK’d in 5-4 vote

On their first vote, Seneca’s elected leaders were practically divided on whether to raise property taxes by 4 mills.  The increase received first reading approval 5-4, with Mayor Alexander and council members Gaines, Rozman, Ward, and Pohl and in favor.  Opposed were O’Kelley, Moore, Smith, and Durham. Before taking effect July 1, the city’s general budget and its other budgets require […]

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