Scrap plastics recycler bound for Oconee

A realtor says a scrap plastics recycler intends to move to Oconee County. Realtor Justin Mann says the planned move by the company was an agenda item this week for the Oconee County Council. There’s speculation the company will move from Anderson to a warehouse building on highway 123—west of the South Carolina 11 interchange and employ 25 people. Mann […]

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A story clarified

Here’s a clarification of a 96.3/WGOG NEWS story on the 2014 tax levy, as considered this week by Oconee County Council.  We reported that Auditor Ken Nix recommended a one mill increase in thec 2014 levy.  Nix told council that based on current assessments it would be necessary for the council to raise taxes by one mill to fund the […]

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Tom Hendricks appointed

Liberty resident Tom Hendricks is one of two Pickens County residents who have been appointed to the governing board at Tri-County Technical College. A long-time government worker, Hendricks retired as an Oconee County administrator. Governor Haley appointed both Hendricks and Dr. Valerie Ramsey of Easley to terms on the Tech Commission that expire in July 2017. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Fire takes heavy toll near Walhalla

Fire broke out in a home north of Walhalla this morning, but the two people who live there were not home. According to Chief Jeff Heaton of the Picket Post-Camp Oak Volunteer Fire Department, preliminary determinations indicate heavy damage to “40 to 60%” at 420 Bethel Church Road. Heaton says for the multiple fire stations responding the heat and humidity […]

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Seneca makes the switch!

  Long-awaited electric bus passenger service debuted today in Seneca, in time to give the Oconee County municipality a national distinction. The launch of three of the buses makes Seneca the first city in the country to switch from gas-diesel buses to electric buses, according to Ed Halbig. The distinction of the first electric bus rider fell to a sixth grader, […]

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Offsetting that Duke shortfall

Oconee Auditor Ken Nix points out that, in spite of an anticipated shortfall in the county’s budget as the result of reduced Duke Energy assessment, there are some offsets.  New growth that is making its way onto the tax books. Nix gave some examples last night to the County Council. They include the taxes assessed the Hampton Inn and Suites […]

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Oktoberfest compromise in the works!

If the Walhalla mayor and the full city council agree in two weeks, the chamber of commerce will have to accept a compromise over the changes that the chamber had proposed to make better Walhalla’s annual celebration of its Germanic roots. A special committee tasked by Mayor Danny Edwards made known its findings last night in the form of a […]

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One mill tax hike defeated

  It’s the duty of the Oconee County Council to approve tax millage and the duty of the county auditor to set that millage. And last night the council rejected the recommendation of Auditor Ken Nix to add one mill to the formula for calculating what taxpayers must pay for real estate, industry, and personal property. Councilmen expressed worry that […]

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Bradford pears on borrowed time?

Some sentiment appeared during last night’s meeting of the Walhalla city council committees in favor of chopping down the Bradford pear trees on Main Street—-in advance of the start of Streetscape. But the position taken by Mayor Danny Edwards and Councilman Danny Woodward prevailed to at least wait until the city sees the bids for the remake of the four-block […]

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Parade time Friday in Clemson

The Clemson Community will gather at 6 o’clock Friday evening for the annual First Friday Parade. It’s a 40-year tradition before the first home football game. This year’s floats will reflect the parade theme: “The Echo of the Tiger”—a reference to a line in the university alma mater, which reads, “That the tiger’s roar may echo o’ver the mountain height.” […]

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