Three economic development projects are “wins”

  Soon there will come an announcement from Columbia that Oconee County will keep an employer that originated operations in the county more than 60 years ago.  For now, however, the Oconee Economic Alliance has code-named the project “Goggles.”  Goggles could have moved to Florida, but Richard Blackwell says it is staying in Oconee County, with the County Council set […]

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Richard Blackwell savors the success

The economic development director for Oconee savors recent success of the county’s efforts to bring in new jobs and maintain existing ones.  Production has started slowly at the county’s newest manufacturing operation, but Richard Blackwell predicts Baxter Enterprises will soon pick up the pace.  So far, two employees are on the job at the first building inside the Information and […]

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Willard D. Kelley

Walhalla, SC— Willard D. Kelley, 73, husband of Margi Ann Kelley, of 909 White Cut Road, Walhalla, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 10, 2017, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 PM, Friday, prior to the service at Davenport Funeral […]

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Two sisters win Seneca Middle School contests

At Seneca Middle School, two sisters won contests.  Seventh grader Kaileigh Brinkley (right) handily won the school’s spelling bee. She then progressed to the third round at the regional spelling bee in Anderson, Kaleigh’s younger sister, sixth grader Hannah Brinkley (left), won the school’s Geography Bee.  Hannah then took a written test and qualified to participate March 31 in the […]

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Oconeean’s estate bequeathed to Thornwell Village

An Oconeean who died in 2014 left his entire estate to the Presbyterians’ Thornwell Village in Clinton.  The Oconee Probate Court has confirmed that estate of William Franklin Childress Jr. amounted to nearly $4.5 million dollars.  According to Judge Kenny Johns, the estate closed on December 31, 2016 with all assets distributed to the children’s home that the Presbyterians operate […]

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Shoreline fire at Lake Hartwell

A fire that started on the Lake Hartwell shoreline at Fair Play consumed about three acres before fire fighters from four stations put a stop to it.  According to Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, the fire yesterday afternoon started on E. Lakeshore Drive.  At one point, it threatened two homes.

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Roger William “Fudd” Jones

  Salem, SC — Roger William (Fudd) Jones, 63, husband of Susan Jamison Jones, of 284 Stamp Creek Road, Salem, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends […]

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Smoke in the air in upper Oconee!

There is smoke in the air in parts of northern Oconee County today, and we are being told that a 400-acre controlled burn is in progress at Mountain Rest in the vicinity of Cherry Hill Campground.  The smoke apparently can be seen from a wide area–including Tamassee and the Lake Keowee area.

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