I-85 traffic stop

A traffic stop on I-85 in Oconee County led sheriff’s officers to place charges of receiving stolen goods against three people. The Sheriff’s Office reports one of its deputies was alerted Thursday afternoon by a KIA automobile that failed to yield while attempting to merge onto the interstate. The charges were filed against driver Matthew James Hardy, 29-year old Anderson […]

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Fire collapses church roof into sanctuary

The destructive fire that broke out inside Walhalla Presbyterian Church at mid-morning collapsed the roof into the church sanctuary, but everyone inside the 600 E. Main Street church got out safely. Church organist Bill Weeks was in the church practicing for tomorrow morning’s service, discovered the fire, and tried to douse it with an extinguisher, which apparently failed to operate. […]

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Little Mountain firm recommended for big job

Oconee County made quick work of yesterday’s bids to sewer the Golden Corner Commerce Park. An amended agenda for County Council Tuesday includes a staff recommendation to accept the low bidder’s (D S Utilities of Little Mountain, S.C.) offer to do the job for $6.6 million. The county is willing to include a 10% contingent which would bring the total […]

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Public’s help requested

SC DHEC and three Upstate water facilities are seeking information from the public about the illegal dumping of hazardous materials into sewer systems. An investigation into the origin of the materials is underway by state and federal authorities. Through routine sampling, three publicly-owned treatment works learned that substances containing poly-chlorinated bi-phenyls have been illegally introduced into the waste water collections […]

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“A chip in the shoulder”

Oconee Humane Society officials say a good way to find Fido if he gets lost is an identification chip on the dog’s shoulder. From 10 to 2 tomorrow, technicians at the Animal Shelter on the Sandifer Boulevard near Seneca will attach the chip to your dog for $20. According to the Humane Society it’s a simple, painless procedure.

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“A long time coming,” Moulder said

Encouraged by the dollar figures he heard at yesterday’s bid opening, the Oconee County administrator today said the Golden Corner Commerce Park sewer bids should be evaluated in time for a recommendation for action during Tuesday’s meeting the county council. The agenda is crafted in a way for a recommendation to be voted Tuesday and, according to Scott Moulder, a […]

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Europe’s loss to be OC’s gain

Some new details were provided this morning about a couple of code-named projects that are in the pipeline to make investments in Oconee County. Two companies are planning to move machinery and business lines from Europe to existing Oconee County operations. One, according to the E-D Office’s Richard Blackwell, is to mean a capital investment of $12 million and at […]

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Shaking OC’s land-buying reputation

Officials at the Oconee Economic Development Commission are intent to turn around the county’s reputation for buying real estate. And Richard Blackwell, the economic development director, vowed this morning his office will accomplish this by beginning to fill up available space for manufacturers and other job-producing companies. Hank Field, commission chairman, acknowledged what he called under the breath comments about […]

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Faires will not serve after all

The potential for dual-office holding is costing Seneca’s Bob Faires a spot on the Oconee Capital Project Sales Tax Commission. Mayor Dan Alexander this week announced Faires’ appointment as Seneca’s representative to the commission. This morning, however, County Administrator Scott Moulder said Faires’ service as a member of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority would raise questions of dual office holding. […]

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