Saluting Seneca’s teachers of the year!

Teachers of the Year from Seneca’s five public schools were treated to lunch and given plaques by the Rotary Club. Rotarian Wayne Gallimore said he’s impressed that the choices made as to who deserves teacher of the year are selections made by the teacher’s peers. This year’s honor goes to Tara Bowen of Seneca High School, Robin Cox of Ravenel […]

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Washington squabble puts Duncan visit at risk

The partisan discord in the nation’s capital between Democrats and Republicans over Obamacare and a potential government shutdown may force Congressman Jeff Duncan to cancel plans next week to make public appearances in Oconee County. Seneca Rotary Club President Lowell Macher today spoke in a tone of resignation that Duncan will have to cancel his scheduled Thursday, September 26 talk […]

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Honea: an early Sewer South believer

Emissary or intermediary? Which title befits a southern Oconeean who has been a believer in Sewer South and the Golden Corner Commerce Park from the early days? Ryan Honea this week drew the thanks of Council Chairman Joel Thrift by taking the time and effort to speak to southern Oconeeans whose properties run along the route of the sewer line […]

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Conference call to decide funding request

Chairman Sam Dickson of Oconee’s State “C” Fund Committee says he’ll schedule a conference call of committee members in two weeks for a decision on whether to fund what’s been described as a “temporary fix” to a traffic backup on Seneca By-Pass 123. On behalf of the South Carolina DOT, Randy Russell asked the “C” Fund Committee for $30 thousand […]

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State “C” funds committed for GCCP

South Carolina “C” fund money will be used to pave a “T”-shaped road within the Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play. At the request of Scott Moulder, Oconee County administrator, the county “C” fund committee this morning committed $200 thousand for the project. Moulder said the county had received a contractor’s estimate of more than $300 thousand, but doing […]

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Road work to close part of Seneca street

A contractor has announced that part of Seneca’s N. Townville Street will be closed starting Monday for road construction. According to Earth Materials Grading of Belton, N. Townville Street—from E. N. 2nd to Hopkins Road—will remain closed until mid December. Affected traffic should follow a detour route onto N. Depot by E. N. 2nd and Hopkins.      

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Jail exception hearing tonight

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw hopes the second time will be the charm! The Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals tonight will sit in judgment of the worthiness of the county’s newest application to build the replacement jail—opposite the 36-year old jail on S. Church Street. The board two years ago denied the county a special exception to build the jail on another […]

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Water confab at the Hartwell Dam

 Historic is the way a Georgia state lawmaker described yesterday’s meeting about water. State, federal and local leadership joined together at the Hartwell Dam to discuss how better to manage the Savannah River basin. The Georgia and South Carolina governors were there, and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley praised efforts to work together. Oconeean Ben Turetsky was there in his role […]

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Charges pile up against burglary suspect

Stolen guns and jewelry have been recovered by sheriff’s officers in their investigation of burglaries this summer in three rural Oconee County communities. And a 31-year old man has been sent to jail. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has announced 14 charges against Jonathan Allen Finney of Maple Circle, Tamassee. Finney was arrested August 28. The burglaries were in Return, Fairview, […]

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Jury returns guilty verdict

A 31-year old Seneca woman told the judge that the jury got it wrong. Shawn Ashley Barrett spoke after being found guilty yesterday in the Oconee General Sessions Court of driving under the influence. At one point during deliberations, the jury asked Judge Alex Macaulay to clarify what’s meant by “a reasonable doubt.” But it was not long after that […]

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