Pickens chooses new administrator

 Pickens County has a new man in charge. Announcement came last night of the selection of Matthew Delk, currently assistant administrator of Union County, North Carolina. Located east of Charlotte, Union is described as a fast-growing county with a population of 213 thousand. Delk once served as administrator in Bamberg County, South Carolina and he served as a National Guard […]

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Two votes for water plant project

At Oconee County’s request, Pioneer Rural Water District will accept an alternate piece of property on which to build its treatment plant. The board of directors convened after a closed-door meeting yesterday and voted to accept 70 acres on what General Manager Terry Pruitt called “the other side of the creek” at the county’s Golden Corner Commerce Park near Fair […]

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Truck fire on I-85

A small fire damaged a semi-truck this morning on I-85 northbound near the South Carolina 59 exit. The truck was transporting dog food. No one was hurt. Fair Play Fire Department responded shortly after 4 o’clock. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Guilty on both charges

A 17-year old man has been convicted in the General Sessions Court at Walhalla on charges that he stabbed his cousin 11 times. The judge sent Laquavius Cleveland to prison for a total of 27 years for attempted murder and the possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime. According to a court officer, Cleveland will be […]

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National award for Oconee’s broadband project

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has designated Oconee’s Broadband FOCUS as one of its community projects of the year. In a statement, County Administrator Scott Moulder said, “We are honored to be recognized for our work in bringing high speed fiber technology to the County.” Oconee earned the award for its role to create a 245-mile fiber […]

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All testimony finished

All testimony has ended in the Oconee trial of Laquavius Cleveland, without the defendant taking the stand.  Judge Alex Macaulay instructed the jury that it’s the right of any defendant to not testify.  Testimony finished late this morning as the defense presented its only witness, the defendant’s mother, Lasheka Nicole Cleveland.  She testified of being frantic last summer when her […]

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See if you can find the painted cat!

An art project is making Seneca’s downtown, Ramcat Alley in particular, more appealing to shoppers. Ed Halbig, planning and community development director, is announcing the completion of a project by the Blue Ridge Arts Center and the city that has placed one dozen sculptures of painted cats have been strategically placed on the Alley and elsewhere as a challenge for […]

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Small Business Resource Fair next week!

As a way to support small business development and entrepreneurs, a Small Business Resource Fair takes place next week in Seneca. Oconee Economic Alliance is collaborating with H&R Block and the Walhalla, Westminster, and Oconee chambers of commerce, to stage the fair from 4 to 7 p-m Tuesday, July 29 at the Shaver Recreation Complex. Professional business trainers and mentors […]

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Clemson hosts state’s beekeepers

The buzz at Clemson this week is the annual meeting of the South Carolina Beekeepers Association. The three-day event offers training and information for commercial beekeepers and newcomers to the business. With more than 3,000 South Carolinians engaged in the business of keeping bees, the association represents a large number of part-time family businesses whose hives are essential to the […]

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Stolen goods charges lead to arrests

Two Oconeeans were arrested this week in a Sheriff’s Office investigation into missing weapons and family heirlooms. Arrest affidavits charge Jimmy Dwayne Webb and April Dawn Nix of Cobb Bridge Road, Westminster with receiving stolen goods identified as two special .38 pistols and an antique chest containing family heirlooms. The 43-year old Webb and the 42-year old Nix were also […]

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