Small high school to be safe from closing for 2015-16

Dr. Michael Thorsland, Oconee superintendent of education, is working on a statement in response to comments last night by the county council member representing the Salem area. Meantime, Chairman Andy Inabinet of the Oconee School Board of Trustees, says the county’s smallest high school, Tamassee-Salem, is safe from closing for at least one more year. The school district is about […]

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Data breach exposes personal information

Senator Tim Scott says, “…we are still in the process of determining who perpetrated this data breach….” The South Carolina Republican is speaking about the IRS admission that thieves used an online IRS service to gain access to information from more than 100 thousand taxpayers. Scott says he’s working with his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee to address what […]

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Graham in Israel

Senator Lindsey Graham will make his announcement for President Monday in his native Pickens County town of Central. Today, however, Graham is in Israel for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A member of the Armed Services Committee, Graham has long warned about the dangers of Israel’s enemy, Iran, with a nuclear capability.

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Who should groom Seneca’s public grounds?

Seneca’s leaders are being urged to appropriate money to hire the city’s first horticulturist or to retain a private landscape service. City Administrator Greg Dietterick said it’s time for Seneca to pay more attention to how its public grounds and parks look to the visitor from the outside, and he made the case for one or other during consideration last […]

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Court showdown looms July 1

The long-running dispute between Seneca and a downtown building owner is making its way back to a courtroom. The next showdown between the city and the Rev. Efford Haynes is set July 1 in the Municipal Court. In this proceeding, Seneca attorneys will motion for an order and rule to show cause why Haynes should not be held in contempt […]

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Seneca to rejoin Oconee Economic Alliance

Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander’s appearances at recent business forums sponsored by the Oconee Economic Alliance are a precursor to a mending of the fences between city and the county organization. At a special meeting last night, Seneca City Council voted to re-join the public-private partnership that works to better the entire county. Three years ago, Seneca chose to not renew […]

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Seneca spending to exceed $41 million

No property tax increase is planned by Seneca during the next year. But its sewer customers are to pay five percent more to help Seneca pay for the replacement of six outdated lift stations. City Administrator Greg Dietterick said it’s important for the old lift stations to be replaced for sanitary and workers safety. The mayor and council last night […]

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Oconee tax increase proposed

Impending expenses, including the cost of a Tri-County Tech campus in Oconee County, are prompting a county councilman to suggest a one or two tax mill increase for the new county budget. Joel Thrift made the suggestion last night, but he immediately ran into opposition from Wayne McCall, the chairman. McCall called the idea of a tax increase ludicrous and […]

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Florence Hilley

Florence Marie Hilley, 79, of 101 Carson Road., Seneca died Tuesday at the Cottingham Hospice house.  She was the wife of William Allen Hilley.  Graveside service will be 4 p-m Wednesday at Heritage Memorial Gardens. In place of flowers, memorials may be made to the GMH Hospice of the Foothlls:  Attn:  Foundation Office, 298, Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC  29672 or […]

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