Final appointees named!

Oconee County now has a fully-stocked Capital Project Sales Commission. A new, six-member commission was in place this afternoon to work toward the process of a new referendum, in which the voters get to choose whether to accept paying an extra penny on the sales tax to generate funds for projects considered worthwhile. In a special meeting in Walhalla, Seneca’s […]

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Duncan votes to cut food stamps

Congressman Jeff Duncan voted with the majority to cut $4 billion from food stamps. The bill that will have state enact new work requirements for many recipients passed by seven votes. It’s considered a victory for conservatives, such as South Carolina’s Third District Republican Congressman, but a defeat for Democrats who united in opposing the cut.

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United Way campaign kicks off

Westminster’s W-P Anderson Park will be the setting tomorrow for the kickoff to the 2013 Oconee United Way Campaign. The United Way’s LaShauna Harrison says the event will also dedicate Oconee County’s first Born Learning Trail. The events begin at 10 in the morning at the park on W. North Avenue—next to the Westminster Library.

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Meth bust the result of Seneca traffic stop

A late night traffic stop Wednesday in Seneca led the police to confiscate crystal methamphetamine, cash, and other items. The police say the driver, Larry Neil Gibson, Jr., 47, of Cottontail Drive, Westminster, was charged with meth trafficking. A policeman said erratic maneuvers on By-Pass 123 in the vicinity of the overhead bridge prompted him to follow a Buick automobile […]

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No change in the jobless rate

The Oconee County jobless rate in August remained unchanged at 8.8%. So did the state’s percentage of 8.1% which held for both July and August. According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment has shown little movement since April. In August, the number of Oconeeans employed was pegged at 28, 926, while 28-hundred were registered as out of work […]

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Citizens group declares victory

A citizens group that fought to stop Pioneer Rural Water from building a treatment plant inside a Lake Hartwell residential area has proclaimed victory after mobilizing about two and a half years ago. The coalition Stop Pioneer Now has declared its work complete, after being assured by state authorities that a final, revised permit requires Pioneer Rural Water to build […]

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Opposition dwindles and permit approved

A new Sheriff, a new location, and a mix of new zoning officials translated last night to the approval Oconee County needs to build its replacement jail on the cemetery side of the county Law Enforcement Center. Unlike two years ago, no one from the public spoke in opposition and the vote granting a special exception to Walhalla’s zoning law […]

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Special exception OK’d

Oconee tonight is on the way to getting a new jail. The Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals voted to grant the county a special exception that’ll allow the new jail to be built on the cemetery side of the current penal facility. The vote was 5-1-1. And afterward Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said he’s confident that he can meet an apparent […]

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TV pilot to film at the Lighthouse

A Lake Keowee restaurant developer says a film company will use parts of his restaurant for an episode of a pilot TV program. Dick Cottingham of the Lighthouse Restaurant says Orion Star Productions of Burbank, California hopes to use the Lighthouse bar in making the series called “Morningside.” From what Cottingham understands Morningside will attempt to portray, it’s to be […]

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