One week of General Sessions Court

Seven cases are on the trial docket for this week’s term of Oconee General Sessions Court in Walhalla. Defendants are charged with offenses including driving under the influence, drugs, assault, kidnapping, and resisting arrest. Court takes place at the Oconee Courthouse in Walhalla and Judge Cordell Maddox of Anderson presides. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Prom dress giveaway

Any girl in need of a dress for prom season can get one without charge in Seneca. The dress giveaway continues through tomorrow at 615 N. Townville Street behind the health department—from 3 to 7 p-m each day. This is the fifth year that the Seneca Woman’s Club, in cooperation with Clemson sororities, is providing used dresses. Each year they […]

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Challenge to the sitting governor

Republicans get a choice this year in who they wish their nominee to be for South Carolina governor. Businessman Tom Ervin filed Saturday as a Republican candidate for governor for the June 10th primary. Ervin’s candidacy presents a challenge to Nikki Haley, the first-term Republican governor who is running for re-election. Ervin owns and operates three Upstate radio stations and […]

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Qualifying ends in Oconee without a whimper

Candidates’ books closed at Walhalla yesterday for Oconeeans to run in the June primary elections, without any new candidates. There will, however, be Republican contests between Paul Corbeil and Edda Cammick for their party’s nominaton for Seat One, Oconee County Council and between Andy Inabinet and Paul Cain for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. In a separate, special primary, Inabinet […]

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A conference call on those electric buses

After a conference call today, Seneca’s point man for passenger bus service said it’s his gut feeling that the city’s electric buses will return some time in mid-summer. And that Ed Halbig believes would mean they would finally begin service some time later this year. Halbig took part in a telephone call with Clemson Area Transit and Proterra of Greenville—the […]

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BMW announces $1B SC expansion

BMW announced today the company will expand its plant in Spartanburg County by a $1 billion investment—expected to mean 800 new jobs. The expansion includes the addition of a fifth vehicle platform at the Greer plant, the X7. Governor Haley was among state leaders joining BMW’s chairman and other car-maker officials for the announcement. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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There are now 75,045 of us!

In fewer than three years’ time, Oconee’s population count has surpassed the 75 thousand mark. To be exact, that’s 75,045—a new estimate from the Census Bureau. Oconee gained 417 in population since the 2012 estimate and 772 since the 2010 count. Oconee’s two South Carolina neighbors continue to count populations in excess of 100 thousand—-with the latest estimate of more […]

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National Doctors’ Day

Sunday is National Doctors Day—a day for Oconee’s only free medical clinic to thank its handful of physicians who volunteer to see patients there. “We really could not operate without them,” says Vikki Thompson, executive director of the Rosa Clark Medical Clinic at Seneca. The clinic benefits from the volunteer work of six physicians. That’s remarkable, says Thompson, considering the […]

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Criminal charge remanded to OGS

An Oconee magistrate today sent up a criminal charge arising out of a late 2013 homicide case near Westminster. Magistrate Will Derrick ruled probable cause had been found to send the charge of accessory before the fact of a felony against Patrick Grant Covone to the General Sessions Court. Previously, Derrick had dismissed a murder charge against Covone, but the […]

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Prescribed burn gets out of control

A rainy spring day means fire fighters can rest without fear of wildfire. But, on a windy day yesterday, that wasn’t the case in rural Oconee County. A landowner’s prescribed burn went out of control on Busch Creek Road near the Coffee Road and that’s the reason those between Walhalla and Westminster late yesterday afternoon could spot a smoky sky. […]

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