Seneca “clean” financial audit

Seneca’s outside auditor has given the city a clean opinion on his accounting of the financial records for the government year ended June 30, 2013. “We found no problems, no significant material weaknesses, therefore, there is no management letter,” Stancil told the mayor and council during last night’s meeting at City Hall. For the year, Stancil pegged the value of […]

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Oconee is a top “micropolitan”

A magazine publication has once again ranked Oconee County a top-performing micropolitan. Oconee Economic Alliance defines micopolitan as a non-urban community anchored by a town of no more than 50,000 people. The magazine Site Selection’s list for 2014 ranks the Seneca Micropolitan 27th out of the 576 microplitan areas in the country as identified by the Census Bureau. According to […]

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Gray not worried who wins, but how many vote

The co-president of the League of Women Voters Clemson area, Seneca resident Sandra Gray, is worried that next week’s special primary election for Seat Three, Oconee County Council might draw only light voting. And, if that’s the case, it’ll make for the second recent election that most voters ignored. This month’s Seneca city council election, in spite of eight candidates […]

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Property addition gets the nod at Seneca

The board of architectural review at Seneca routinely disposed of its one application for a certificate of appropriateness. Last night at City Hall the board unanimously approved the property owners’ request to place a shed in the backyard of their property on S. Townville Street. Though the property is on the 400 block of S. Townville, it’s within Seneca’s downtown […]

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Ripple of One success story Rebecca Roach

The strides by a young woman toward a better life are being heralded this week by Ripple of One, an Oconee United Way initiative. Rebecca Roach’s progress in learning parenting skills and how to better manage money position her to become the Ripple of One’s first graduate. The program relies on trained, un-paid volunteers to  shepherd individuals such as Roach […]

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Sandifer Funeral Home names new GM

 A 12-year employee of the Sandifer Funeral Home in Westminster, Brian Allen, has been promoted to general manager. According to an announcement by the Sandifer family, the funeral business has been in the blood of Allen since he was a boy. Allen is a graduate of Walhalla High School, continued his education at Tri-County Technical College and received his degree […]

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Laurens hospital officials visit OMC

The board of directors at Oconee Medical Center adjourned to a closed session in the company of two representatives from the Laurens hospital—part of the due diligence as the Oconee hospital goes about deciding whether a potential affiliation with the Greenville Health Systems is worthwhile. GHS now operates the Laurens hospital as part of a lease arrangement. And, by meeting […]

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Positive gain of $1M for OMC

Financially-troubled Oconee Medical Center took in one million dollars more than it spent during February, but its financial officer cautioned against the notion that happy days are here again. Kevin Herbert’s report to the hospital board reflected one-time payments from the federal government for implementing electronic medical records. And Herbert stressed the words one-time. Because Oconee Medical Center met “meaningful […]

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Cain and Inabinett at forum

The two hopefuls for Seat Three, Oconee County Council took part in a League of Women Voters forum—eight days before special primary day April 1. And Andy Inabinett raised the question as to why his opponent, Paul Cain, would accept three, $1 thousand dollar contributions from Columbia-based political action committees. Inabinet said last night, “I don’t know why anybody would […]

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The ACA: fair game for two get togethers

The Affordable Care Act will be fair game during a pair of meetings this week in Seneca and Clemson. Tomorrow night the League of Women Voters will hold a panel discussion covering various aspects of the health care law, including an overview of the insurance policies available in the area. Reba Cartee will represent Oconee Medical Center on that panel. […]

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