U-S agriculture the envy of the world!

A speaker during last night’s third annual farm to table dinner said the rest of the world can only sit back and admire the efficiency and the prowess of United States agriculture of which, Tom Dobbins says, South Carolina plays a great part. At times, farming may lack the glamour of other jobs and require hard work, but for Dobbins […]

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Fair officially opens

At the close of last night’s “Steak in Oconee” dinner to celebrate Oconee agriculture, Stanley Gibson welcomed the crowd to this year’s South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair. The old-fashioned fair starts a five-day run on highway 123 between Seneca and Westminster. Gibson, the fair president, says a canned drive and ticket sales tonight are to be donated to the Golden […]

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Head-on I-85 crash narrowly averted

A noon hour car accident on I-85 in Oconee County barely missed a head-on accident that responders believe would have been a catastrophe. Northbound traffic backed up from the 1.5 mile marker as far as Georgia while a car was removed. That car, headed southbound, ended up in the median after it cleared safety wires and spun into the inside […]

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DHEC confirms flu’s arrival in SC

Influenza, or “the flu”—call it what you will—has officially arrived in South Carolina! “Our agency’s Bureau of Laboratories has confirmed five cases of flu in the Midlands area of the state,” said Linda Bell, M.D. and state epidemiologist. “This confirmation reinforces the need for vaccination and the good sense steps to prevent the spread of the flu virus.” Influenza is […]

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Need a job fast? Try Quick Jobs near Seneca

All rooms were occupied this morning inside Tri-County Tech’s Quick Jobs building near Seneca. And the office receptionist was directing visitors to the services they require. It made for an ideal day to demonstrate a new way in which job services are being made available to the locally unemployed. Recent budget cuts and changes at the federal and state levels […]

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School bus accident

School District officials reported no student injuries this morning in an accident south of Seneca. The accident, at 8 o’clock, involved a bus and apparently a car on the West-Oak Highway. Dr. Michael Thorsland, acting Superintendent, said at the time no students were aboard the bus.

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More planning talk tonight in Westminster!

Westminster leaders renew their effort tonight to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The 6 o’clock City Planning Commission meeting at the Depot is a follow-up to a meeting two and a half weeks ago when the commissioners met with Chip Bentley, the same South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments staff worker who wrote the city’s last plan in 1990. The […]

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On the eve of the fair, an event hails agriculture

The annual farm-to-table event to celebrate Oconee County agriculture attracts the state’s lieutenant governor as one of its speakers. Glenn McConnell will be part of the dais this evening at the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair grounds on highway 123 between Seneca and Westminster. The event, featuring locally-grown food, begins at 5:30 and takes place on the eve of the […]

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Presbyterians hold “uplifting service”

A church member says Walhalla Presbyterians enjoyed an uplifting service—held across town from where a fire this month heavily damaged their long-time Main Street location. The Presbyterians worshipped yesterday in Oconee School District headquarters and, according to church spokesman Thomas Alexander, used part of their worship meeting to bring its members up to date on the latest information. According to […]

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