Police chase ends on Clemson campus

Police chase ends on Clemson campus 1600, Fri., 29 August 2014..lrm A chase early that started early today on highway 123 near Seneca wound up on the Clemson campus where a motorcycle rider nearly dropped his bike. Authorities arrested western North Carolina resident Eric Joseph Fontaine on charges of reckless driving, failure to stop and simple possession of marijuana. Spokesman […]

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Public may ride electric buses next week

In a few days, you can ride a Seneca electric passenger bus. The city has announced that the delayed start of service will take place Wednesday, September 3. That’s when Seneca and “CAT”—Clemson Area Transit—will deploy four electric passenger buses. Those buses were recently returned to Seneca for testing. The change from the gas-powered bus service will involve the re-location […]

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Hands Across the Border leads to traffic safety

Each year, law enforcement officers from three states gather at holiday time to strategize and stress the need for safety on the highways. One such get together took place this week in Rabun County, Georgia, where Capt. Russell Wilson represented the South Carolina Highway Patrol. We’re now in the long Labor Day holiday weekend, a time when more motorists are […]

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“Project Plume” on next week’s agenda

An economic development project, under the heading of a code name, is on the agenda for next week’s meeting of Oconee County Council. Code-named “Project Plume,” the project in recent months has been described as an Upstate company looking at an Oconee building for possible relocation. At Tuesday night’s meeting, council is to consider a fee-in-place-of-tax agreement—a typical modern-day inducement […]

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Old St. John’s celebration next month

Tenth Circuit Judge Alex Macaulay delivers the remarks for next month’s event to cut the ribbon and dedicate Walhalla’s Old St. John’s Meeting House. The public is invited to Kaufman Square for the celebration at 10:45 a-m Saturday, September 20. The meeting house will soon be available for events, meetings and receptions. And, according to the Greater Walhalla Area Chamber […]

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House overrides library bill veto

The House of Representatives this week overrode Governor Haley’s veto of a bill that applies criminal penalties to people who enter public libraries after having been warned not to enter. Phil Cheney, director of Oconee public libraries, says it’s a bill to root out those who misbehave and spoil the library experience for others. And Cheney says he and his […]

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Rosemary Bailes touts events manager

Seneca has one. Maybe now it’s time for Oconee County. Rosemary Bailes, in her capacity as the chairwoman of the Oconee A-Tax Commission, said yesterday, “The handwriting is on the wall that tourism will be a big part of Oconee County’s economic survival.” The commissioners yesterday recommended the distribution of nearly $30 thousand worth of state and local accommodations tax […]

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Governor candidate to campaign in Walhalla

Republican Independent Tom Ervin brings his campaign for South Carolina Governor to Oconee County next week. Ervin plans to speak to the public about his intentions at the Palmetto Sweets restaurant from 7:30 to 9 Tuesday morning in Walhalla. His campaign spokeswoman says the Walhalla visit is one of 23 town hall meetings the candidate plans across the state between […]

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Environmental steward David Cohen

A 27-year old Georgia native is spending his work summer alone in the wilds of the national forest in Oconee. That’s where David Cohen is camping and serving as a steward in the vicinity of the Chattooga River and one of Oconee County and South Carolina’s landmarks—Ellicott’s Rock. Cohen is there as part of a partnership between the U-S Forest […]

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