Ed Land to speak at Apple luncheon

A leading Oconee County agriculturist will make the featured talk at this year’s South Carolina Apple Festival luncheon, sponsored by the Westminster Rotary Club. Organizers have made arrangements to present Ed Land of Long Creek’s Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138-acre working farm to keynote the luncheon planned for 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, September 5. This year’s festival will be the […]

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Accountability test results

Results of two statewide education tests which have been given for the last time have been released by the Oconee County public schools. The Palmetto Assessment of State Performance (PASS,) a major accountability test for students in grades 3-8, produced results for Oconee students that, for the most part, trended upward from last year’s mixed results, according to Dr. Michael […]

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West Union agenda set

Ken Sloan, the director of the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, pays a visit tonight at the meeting of the West Union Town Council. Under old business, the mayor and council get an update on the Anderson Street project and plan votes on a sign for the town park and on engineering report for waterline projects. The council meeting […]

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Man arrested faces seven charges

A 23-year old Oconee County man, facing seven charges, remains locked up this morning in the county Detention Center on a combined surety bond of approximately 37 and a half thousand dollars. The charges against Chad Allen Phillips of Keowee Lakeshore Drive, Seneca arose from a traffic stop conducted Saturday night in northern Oconee County, in the vicinity of highway […]

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Municipal leaders see strength in numbers

Part of last night’s meeting of the Oconee Municipal Association was spent by the mayors and the council members simply getting to know each other. They agreed it has been far too long since they last met. Seneca Mayor Alexander, Walhalla Mayor Edwards and the others left Seneca City Hall last night in agreement that their cities can be served […]

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Public’s input can help solve crime

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office can use your help to solve the theft of last week of a vehicle near Salem. The crime was reported Thursday morning on n. highway 11 near Fall Creek Road. Stolen was a 1980s model Chevy flatbed with a grey cab and a black bed. Deputies quote the owner as saying that several batteries, some heavy […]

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Seneca intersection needs “open-heart surgery”

Seneca’s 123-130/E. N. 1st Street intersection has received a new coating of asphalt but, in the opinion of the city administrator, that’s not enough. Greg Dietterick last night said the intersection requires “open-heart surgery.” At a meeting of the Oconee Municipal Association, Dietterick said he’s hopeful that the government service agency, the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, can be […]

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Municipal leaders make their choice

The mayor pro-tem of Westminster, Bill Brockington, will represent the Oconee Municipal Association on the board of directors of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments. County municipal leaders say it’s an important position because those who serve can be influential in securing government grants for local improvement projects. Brockington, a retiree, is eager to lend himself to the position […]

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Qualifying closes with no changes

The qualifying period for Oconee School Board candidates expired at the noon hour today, with no changes. That means Andy Inabinet, incumbent and board of trustees chairman, goes into the November General Election as the one and only ballot candidate for Seat Three, the Seneca area. There is ballot competition for Seat One. Incumbent Jerry Lee faces a challenge from […]

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NEA grant for Pickens

National Endowment funds in the amount of $25 thousand are coming to the city of Pickens. The announcement was made Jane Chu, chairman of the NEA. Sixty-six projects in 38 states are being approved for $5 million worth of “Our Town” grant money. The money for Pickens will go to the project Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music and be used […]

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