Water confab at the Hartwell Dam

 Historic is the way a Georgia state lawmaker described yesterday’s meeting about water. State, federal and local leadership joined together at the Hartwell Dam to discuss how better to manage the Savannah River basin. The Georgia and South Carolina governors were there, and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley praised efforts to work together. Oconeean Ben Turetsky was there in his role […]

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Charges pile up against burglary suspect

Stolen guns and jewelry have been recovered by sheriff’s officers in their investigation of burglaries this summer in three rural Oconee County communities. And a 31-year old man has been sent to jail. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has announced 14 charges against Jonathan Allen Finney of Maple Circle, Tamassee. Finney was arrested August 28. The burglaries were in Return, Fairview, […]

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Jury returns guilty verdict

A 31-year old Seneca woman told the judge that the jury got it wrong. Shawn Ashley Barrett spoke after being found guilty yesterday in the Oconee General Sessions Court of driving under the influence. At one point during deliberations, the jury asked Judge Alex Macaulay to clarify what’s meant by “a reasonable doubt.” But it was not long after that […]

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The park is closed today!

The W-P Anderson Park is closed today in Westminster, but will re-open in the morning if not some time later today. Grass is being mowed, mulch is being poured, and a general clean-up is taking place to have the park looking its best for Saturday’s United Way Fund Campaign kickoff and dedication of Oconee’s First Born Learning Trail.

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From Newry to Los Alamos

From the Oconee County former mill village of Newry to the Defense Department’s laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico. That turns out to be the life’s path for Houston T. “Terry” Hawkins, and now Hawkins will return to his home roots next week to lecture at Clemson University, his alma mater. Hawkins will be the featured speaker for the Clemson […]

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Sign design approved for Westminster

When it comes to Westminster’s official signs welcoming visitors, the city known for the area’s apple crop is undergoing a re-branding. The city council last night approved the design for five new signs that’ll replace worn-down old signs. According to City Administrator David Smith, the signs will be placed at entrances to the city and in front of Rite-Aid Pharmacy—in […]

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A second year of credit monitoring

Taxpayers are being encouraged by the South Carolina Department of Revenue to be patient in making a decision about the continued credit monitoring services offered by any vendor, including Experian, until they have a chance to evaluate the services the state will cover and soon make available. The state Budget and Control Board is reviewing bids and a formal announcement […]

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Sheriff’s Office gets a new tool anti-drug tool

Frankie Pearson says ordinance 2013-18 won’t stop illegal drugs in Oconee County, but will help keep drug paraphernalia out of public view. Pearson, who ran last year for County Council, congratulated the council last night for giving final approval to an ordinance that will forbid stores from selling items that are fashioned into crack pipes and marijuana cigarette holders. Pearson […]

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