Councilman Thrift experiences Tech’s value

  In the opinion of Joel Thrift, Oconee County councilman, the area’s technical college is meeting its role in a period when education and job skills are increasingly needed by employers.  Thrift had a personal story to relate after Tri-County Technical College presented its annual budget request to the county.  Thrift, a Westminster businessman, saw his lumber company in shambles […]

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Voter rolls swell

South Carolina’s voter registration rolls have grown to more than three million registered voters.  “It’s never been easier to register to vote in South Carolina,” said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.  “With online voter registration, registration by mail, and registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies, South Carolinians have more opportunities […]

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New timeline for Oconee Tech campus

  A contractor’s sign in front of the Oconee Industry and Technology Park is a sign that dirt moving and actual construction are about to get underway in a park that officials believe will fast reach full capacity.  Hogan Construction has the contract to build facilities for Baxter Enterprises, a Michigan automotive supplier, and Hi Tech Mold and Engineering.  And […]

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Public showing of Duke’s new Flex Dome

Duke Energy yesterday opened for a public tour its new concrete Flex Dome within the secure area on the grounds of the Oconee Nuclear Station.   It’s a facility to store specialized equipment that would be needed in a scenario of what’s almost unthinkable—a major earthquake or flood conditions, or both.  A small bus and a large van were used to […]

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Three Clemson graduation ceremonines tomorrow

Nearly 3,300 students will graduate from Clemson University at three spring commencement ceremonies tomorrow at the Bons Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. The first will begin at 9:30 a.m., the second at 2:30 p.m. and the third at 6:30 p.m. GE Chairman and CEO Jeffery Immelt will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony.  One […]

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“Code Red” declared at school and arrest made

  The West-Oak Middle principal told the police school personnel were forced to physically escort a mother from a hallway to the office Wednesday morning when the mother refused their command to stop.  West-Oak Middle went to a “Code Red”—indicating a situation of imminent danger.  Laverne Marie Bennett was arrested and charged with disturbing schools and entering premises after warning.  […]

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Perhaps, no tax increase after all!

In a long afternoon meeting, the Oconee County Council approved re-worked budget figures that avoid a tax increase during an election year.  A series of cuts along with a draw from the county’s profitable rock quarry appear to be enough to avoid the potential for a 2.1 tax mill increase.  The lone dissenter yesterday was District Four’s Joel Thrift, who […]

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Johnny Cox

Walhalla- John “Johnny” Lewis Cox, Jr., 62, husband of Kay Rappe Cox of Hesse Hwy died May 5, 2016 peacefully at his home.Graveside Services will be 2:00PM Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.The family is at the residence and a message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY […]

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Harvy Joe Price

  Seneca, SC— Harvy Joe Price, 57, of 209 Price Farm Road, Seneca, SC, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at his home.Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Heritage Memorial Gardens in Westminster.  The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:30 PM, prior to the service, at Davenport Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, […]

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Oconee’s budget burden lightens

  “This has slipped way beyond where we thought it would.”  That is part of the explanation that the Tri-County Tech president gave Oconee officials to describe the status of its timetable for the next major building at the college’s main campus.  During a budget request meeting, Tech’s Dr. Ronnie Booth told the Oconee County Council it won’t require a […]

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