A Walhalla walk with eyes wide open

At this hour, members of the Destination Oconee Action Committee and others are walking Main Street in downtown Walhalla with their eyes open and ready to take notes on what they notice–good or bad.  Janet Hartman, manager for Destination Oconee, at lunch before the walk urged the participants to not hold back on what they see, with an eye to […]

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Susbtitute polling place for Newry-Corinth voters

  You’ve either made your choice or have begun to narrow it down—in advance of Tuesday’s Republican primary in Oconee County.  So, one of the questions arises is exactly where do I go to vote?  “At the polling place in your precinct,” says Chris Whitmire.  The state elections spokesman says you can find your precinct and polling place on your […]

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Thorsland to be evaluated Monday night

How well does Michael Thorsland do his job?  The agenda for Monday’s meeting calls for Oconee’s five school trustees to evaluate their superintendent and his contract.  The superintendent evaluation/contract matter is being reserved for private deliberations to follow Monday’s regular open meeting to cover various county education items.  The board will meet at 6 Monday night at district headquarters in […]

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1.2 million fish stocked in Lake Hartwell

Some 780,000 striped bass and 480,000 hybrid bass–a total of about 1.2 million fish–were stocked in Lake Hartwell during the past three weeks by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Some 20,000 striped bass fingerlings were placed into Lake Hartwell June 3 at Green Pond Landing and Event Center in Anderson County as part of an overall DNR stocking program […]

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Dalen and Thrift disagree on planning

Two Westminster men bring stark differences in their approach to government, and those differences were in contrast during last night’s forum.  John Dalen, a self-professed constitutionalist, promotes a free market method to government.  Dalen’s denouncement of zoning succeeded in engaging one of his opponents, Joel Thrift.  Thrift takes pride in accomplishments made by the current county government, such as improvements […]

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Center stage for council candidates

The final candidates’ forum of Oconee’s primary season staged last night and drew nearly 50 people to the Westminster Music Hall.  Featured were the men and woman running for Seats 4 and 5 on the Oconee County Council.  Eight prepared questions were presented by the forum moderator Wayne Morton on behalf of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce.  The candidates responded […]

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Melvin Robert Steckel

    Westminster – Melvin Robert Seckel, 73, widower of the late Nancy Mae Pitts Seckel, 123 Pierpoint Drive, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 4 pm, Sunday, June 12, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from Noon – 4 pm, prior to the […]

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BASF to expand in Oconee

BASF Corporation is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The expansion will result in $60 million in new capital investment for the supplier.  BASF Seneca, at one time Englehard, is a specialty chemical catalysts manufacturing and precious metals refining facility. The company’s refinery process produces solutions that are used to manufacture herbicides, plastics, pharmaceuticals, auto-emission catalysts and fertilizers.  To expand […]

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Plants stolen at Lowe’s

Oconee Sheriff’s Office placed a man under arrest today near Seneca on the charge of shoplifting.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the defendant is accused of taking hanging plants belonging to the Lowe’s Store.  A deputy responded early today in response to reports that someone was taking plants from a second store at the Applewood Shopping Center.  A traffic stop […]

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Herman Roach

Westminster – Herman James Roach, 58, husband of Helen Kathleen Strickland Roach, 326 Cobb Bridge Road, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016. A graveside service will be held 10am, Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY       Westminster – Herman […]

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