Holidays mean clogged highways and busy airports

A record number of South Carolinians, a little over 1,407,940 will travel 50 miles or more for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday, according to AAA Carolinas. The record number represents an increase of 1% from last year. The 12-day Christmas/New Year’s travel holiday is defined as Wednesday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 3. “Although we have seen an increase in gas prices […]

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Sewer Authority members’ meeting January 9

The leaders of Oconee’s three largest towns are marking their calendars for a meeting the night of January 9 in Walhalla.  On that night, at 6 o’clock, at the Walhalla Depot the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority conducts its annual members’ meeting for the municipalities of Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster.  The agenda calls for an overview of 2016 activities including […]

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Indianan arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol

Oconee authorities say they have received word that Indiana wishes to extradite a resident of their state arrested late last week by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  Arrest records show Zechariah Levi Bates of Fremont, Indiana was arrested Thursday night by South Carolina trooper Parsons on the Dr. John’s Road near Westminster on the following charges: fugitive from justice and possession/disposal […]

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Ralph King

  Seneca – Ralph Morris King, 83, husband of Carolyn Crooks King, 201 Daniel Avenue, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Cottingham Hospice House.   A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Monday, December 19, 2016 at Return Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior at Return Baptist […]

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Thomas Trizzino

Seneca – Thomas Giutano Trizzino, 78, of 319 S. Lawrence Avenue, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at his residence.  No formal services will be held.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com  SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY

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Betty Holbrooks

  Westminster – Betty Jean Holbrooks, 65, widow of the late Billy Wayne Holbrooks, 515 Hope Street, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 prior to the service. Burial will follow […]

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Joyce Batson

West Union – Joyce Ann Batson, 77, wife of Lewis Batson, 104 Rose Lake Road, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Oconee Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 11 am, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 10-11 prior.  Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family […]

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Joyce Haley

Westminster – Joyce Cunningham Haley, 74, wife of Marshall C. Haley, 448 Blackjack Road, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at her residence.  A funeral service will be held 4 pm, Monday, December 19, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 3-4 prior at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial […]

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Oconee joblessness drops below 4%

Fewer jobless claims are being filed by Oconee County residents.  According to the state Department of Employment and Workforce, November unemployment in the county stood at 3.8%–equivalent to 1,353 county residents who are out of work but actively searching for new work.  Oconee’s employed labor force was 33,842. In November, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for South Carolina was 4.4%. […]

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