Blackhawk chopper to rescue of injured hiker

A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter swooped in to help in the rescue yesterday of an injured hiker. Rescuers were sent to the Musterground area near the Bad Creek hydro project in Oconee County for an injured hiker three miles into remote wilderness on the Foothills Trail. The rescue party hiked an hour and a half to reach the hiker and […]

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Shelby Jean Long Albertson

Shelby Jean Long Albertson, 77, of 211 Chartwell Point Road, Seneca, SC  29672 died Wednesday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  She was the widow of Robert Gerald Albertson. A graveside service will be 11 a-m Saturday at Oconee Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Judge Children’s Research Hospital via www.stjude.org.  Davenport Funeral Home is in […]

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Does the flag stay or does it go?

A Republican state lawmaker from Greer, Representative Phyllis Henderson, is asking constituents to tell her whether they favor allowing the Confederate flag to fly on the grounds of the State House or whether it should not. It’s an online survey. Henderson calls attention to the events of last week.

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Hugh Francis Ables

Hugh Francis Ables, 83, died Wednesday at GHS Cottingham House.  He was the husband of Betty Rogers Ables.  Mr. Ables owned and operated Sunny Brite Eggs in Seneca and served on both the Oconee School Board and the County Council.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a-m Saturday at Seneca Baptist Church.  The family receives friends from 10 […]

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Brian Ramey’s pitch to Westminster Council

Following an executive session last night, Westminster City Council took no action. The council went into a private meeting with its attorney to discuss negotiations related to a Chauga River conservation easement granted Upstate Forever, opposed Brian Ramey and other Ramey neighbors. During public comment, Ramey referred to a proposal that he has made to the city and elaborated on […]

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I-85 corridor sewer plan gets high score

A plan to lay the first sewer pipes along Oconee’s four-mile stretch of interstate highway received a high score today from an advisory committee. The Capital Project Advisory Committee did not differentiate between Phase One or the entire plan as recommended by Richard Blackwell, the county Economic Alliance director. Blackwell estimates fulfilling all sewer needs at three I-85 interchanges will […]

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The mayor will invite discussion

After two Westminster council members took opposite positions, Mayor Rick McCormick said he will devote part of next month’s meeting to whether his city is too aggressive in enforcing sign rules. A Bible class sign judged in violation of the city’s rules led to a debate last night between council members Yousef Mefleh and Bill Brockington that ended without resolution. […]

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Westminster leaders resolve issue to produce new budget

Westminster has a new budget in place for the new government year that beginin seven days. The budget ordinance passed last night, although two councilmen objected to what Mayor Rick McCormick described as a $10 thousand administrative package for Jeff Lord, who will start his second year as city administrator. Councilmen Doug Williams and Yousef Mefleh objected. But their sentiments […]

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32-year old man sent to prison for 40 years

A 32-year old man in Anderson has been sent to prison for 40 years at the end of a murder trial in the General Sessions Court. Judge Scott Sprouse handed down the sentence to Jeremiah Johnson after a jury convicted Johnson of the murder and armed robbery of Chandrakant “C-J” Patel. Part of a family that managed an I-85 Exxon […]

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Underground rock retards Streetscape work

An encounter with sub-surface rock slowed Streetscape progress late yesterday afternoon in Walhalla. The impediment caused by rock beneath the ground is something that workers expect to re-cur through out the project. The electrical sub-contractor has started the installation of underground power lines to replace those above street level. Yesterday work continued on the new sewer service connection for Martha’s […]

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