In furtherance of economic development

A new land deal apparently is in the works involving property in the undeveloped Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play. County Administrator Scott Moulder announced last night the potential for a swap of property between the county and an Atlanta, Georgia area contractor. Patillo Construction would get 57 acres inside the GCCP to build a spec building. In exchange, […]

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Everyone out of the pool!

Walhalla’s abbreviated schedule for its pool lasted three summer weekends. At the city council meeting last night, Walhalla officials announced the closing of the pool for the season—with the intention that the refurbished pool will operate a full season in 2014.  

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Tax credit deal in place for new hotel

Oconee County Council made good on a commitment to allow the developer of a new Seneca hotel a tax credit agreement. But the final action last night required a series of parliamentary procedures as District Two’s Wayne McCall made an unsuccessful attempt to refer the deal and related matters for the county attorney’s study. McCall said he was influenced by […]

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GCCP sewer line awarded

An Oconee County Council of one mind last night when it came to a project that, for years, has been nearly talked and argued to death. The council awarded the Golden Corner Commerce Park sewer project to a Columbia area firm, and County Administrator Scott Moulder indicated he’ll issue a notice to proceed as early as today. The action was […]

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Sgt. Evatt deploys to Afghanistan

An Oconee County native has embarked on his second deployment to northern Afghanistan. Sgt. Andrew Evatt will serve until July next summer as a combat engineer for the U-S Army. Evatt is based out of Fort Lewis, Washington. He’s the son of Mike Evatt of the Keowee Community and is a 2008 Walhalla High graduate.

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Congressman to make OC appearances

Congressman Jeff Duncan makes at least two Oconee County appearances. The Laurens Republican has Oconee County in his schedule Thursday, September 26. He’ll speak to the Seneca Rotary Club at 1 p-m at the International Deli. Later that afternoon, he’ll be the featured guest for a meeting of the Stamp Creek Republican Precinct from 4:30 to 6 p-m at Keowee […]

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Driver who fled checkpoint arrested

The police in Seneca arrested a man they’ve been looking for since a middle of the night safety checkpoint last weekend at E. Main and N Cherry streets. The police began to handcuff the driver after stopping a Ford Expedition, but he ran away—with the cuffs attached to one of his wrists. The police say they arrested their suspect this […]

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Salvage operations continue Presbyterian Church

Community volunteers are joining Walhalla Presbyterians today in salvage operations at the fire-damaged church at E. Main and S. Johnson streets. State Senator Thomas Alexander, who is acting as a spokesman for his church, says, “We are moving forward.” In the meantime, the investigation to pinpoint the fire cause remains open and church leaders.  Fire Chief Doug Kelley says insurance […]

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Culvert work along rain-damaged road

A Pickens County road damaged by this summer’s heavy rains is getting attention today from county crews. Six families live along Warbranch Road near Central. Planning and working with the homeowners, police, fire and other services, Pickens County work crews are starting a culvert project on Warbranch Road that they hope to finish in 72 hours.

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