Lowering the manufacturing assessment ratio

In recent years, South Carolina homeowners received a tax break when the state increased the tax burden on those who pay sales tax. Now a similar break is in the works for the state’s manufacturers. By lowering the manufacturing assessment ratio from 10.5% to 6%, South Carolina seeks to even the tax field with neighboring states when it comes to […]

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Legislation for Oconeeans to get worked up over!

Two staff members of the South Carolina Association of Counties visited Oconee County to preview the legislation that’ll go before the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014. And they spent most of their time at the Oconee Alliance meeting talking about “flow control”—specifically House bill 3290 which they see as a threat to home rule. It’s a bill that Association […]

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ACA casts quandary for the low income

Free medical clinics, such as those in Seneca and Clemson, likely won’t see their patient rolls decrease once the national health insurance law takes hold. And that’s an un-expected letdown for Vickie Thompson, the nine-year director of Rosa Clark in Seneca, which serves as Oconee’s only free clinic. “It has been very disappointing to us to learn that most of […]

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Two penny sales tax meetings

If you are interested in the prospects for a penny sales tax referendum next year in Oconee County, there are a couple of meetings to choose from tonight. The group that’ll help put together plans for the referendum, the newly-appointed Capital Project Sales Tax Commission, holds an organization meeting at 6:30 tonight in County Council Chambers in Walhalla. At the […]

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Rogers headed back to the Red Cross

Autumn 2013 a busy time for Walhalla’s Kathy Rogers. She has just been elected vice chair of her city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. And if she’s successful in a winning a seat next month on city council, she’ll be required to step down from the board that acts as judges of zoning appeals. In the meantime, Rogers has announced that […]

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Child day care request postponed

No decision yet on whether a child day care facility may operate out of a home at Walhalla’s 40 Blueberry Court. Because of illness, applicant Kim Jackson missed yesterday’s public hearing at City Hall. Jackson was represented by Wanda Hopkins, but Board of Appeals Chairman Francis Guldner and other board members said they would prefer to re-schedule consideration until a […]

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Nancy Morgan returns to the chair’s seat

Nancy Morgan finds herself back as chair lady of the Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals. It’s a responsibility she filled previously in her years of service. The board, recently infused by new membership, held office elections last night at City Hall. Morgan succeeds Francis Guldner as chair. Kathy Rogers fills vice-chair—the position Morgan held. Morgan gave her colleagues, especially the […]

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John Fields to play “Elbow Grease” barber

Oconee County resident John Fields practices law. He has served as a Seneca councilman and mayor. This morning Fields will lend himself to acting. Sources involved with the “Elbow Grease” movie now shooting in Seneca and parts of Oconee say arrangements have been made for Fields to act as the barber for a scene to be shot some time after […]

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Meth operation uncovered in Oconee Estates

A meth operation has been uncovered in a subdivision near Seneca, while county officers went there as part of an eviction at 615 W. Springwood Drive in Oconee Estates. The officers reported a strange odor and called their narcotics unit. Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Watt said Roger Caness Martin, Jr., 35 years old, turned himself over to narcotics agents Tuesday and […]

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Library parking to be repaved

Those visiting the Walhalla branch of the Oconee Library next week are being asked to exercise both caution and patience, as a private contractor re-surfaces the parking lot. Officials say the library will stay open during the project, but those driving there will likely have to find alternate parking on the street. The parking lot will be closed starting at […]

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