No change in the jobless rate

The Oconee County jobless rate in August remained unchanged at 8.8%. So did the state’s percentage of 8.1% which held for both July and August. According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment has shown little movement since April. In August, the number of Oconeeans employed was pegged at 28, 926, while 28-hundred were registered as out of work […]

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Citizens group declares victory

A citizens group that fought to stop Pioneer Rural Water from building a treatment plant inside a Lake Hartwell residential area has proclaimed victory after mobilizing about two and a half years ago. The coalition Stop Pioneer Now has declared its work complete, after being assured by state authorities that a final, revised permit requires Pioneer Rural Water to build […]

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Opposition dwindles and permit approved

A new Sheriff, a new location, and a mix of new zoning officials translated last night to the approval Oconee County needs to build its replacement jail on the cemetery side of the county Law Enforcement Center. Unlike two years ago, no one from the public spoke in opposition and the vote granting a special exception to Walhalla’s zoning law […]

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Special exception OK’d

Oconee tonight is on the way to getting a new jail. The Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals voted to grant the county a special exception that’ll allow the new jail to be built on the cemetery side of the current penal facility. The vote was 5-1-1. And afterward Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said he’s confident that he can meet an apparent […]

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TV pilot to film at the Lighthouse

A Lake Keowee restaurant developer says a film company will use parts of his restaurant for an episode of a pilot TV program. Dick Cottingham of the Lighthouse Restaurant says Orion Star Productions of Burbank, California hopes to use the Lighthouse bar in making the series called “Morningside.” From what Cottingham understands Morningside will attempt to portray, it’s to be […]

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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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