Price tag for raising sheriff’s deputy pay

There’s now a price tag for raising the starting pay for Oconee County deputies.  At a committee meeting, County Administrator Scott Moulder announced almost $1 million will be needed to boost the starting pay for deputies by $4 thousand a year.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has complained to County Council that his office is losing officers to nearby municipal police departments […]

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Incremental progress toward new water plant

Pioneer Rural Water District has no date for which to request contractor bids for its treatment plant.  But board members and their outside consultants feel progress is being made.  According to Design South, authority to bid is still awaited from Pioneer’s lending agency—the Rural Development Division of the U-S Department of Agriculture.  Design South’s Donald Phillips gave a progress report […]

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At Clemson, Biden issues a challenge

Vice President Joe Biden may not be running for a higher office, but he has accepted the call to do something about the problem of violence against women—especially on the nation’s college campuses.  Biden visited Clemson University to promote the campaign “It’s On Us.”  Among those who pledge to do what they can to prevent sexual assault are Clemson’s president, […]

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Transition started in Westminster

In last week’s election, all incumbent candidates in Westminster lost re-election.  It means a new mayor and three new council members for the Oconee municipality.  A transition has already begun.  Mayor-elect Brian Ramey met for about four hours yesterday with Mayor Rick McCormick, City Administrator Jeff Lord, and Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Bill Brockington.  Before the start of last night’s […]

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Veterans’ Day events in Oconee

Congressman Jeff Duncan speaks at 9 o’clock this morning at a Walhalla Middle School assembly to honor veterans on this holiday.  Oconee’s annual Veterans Day parade will take place at 4:30 this afternoon in Westminster.  Like most county offices, Oconee public libraries are closed today.  The book returns and the website are available.  The library branches will re-open at their […]

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Ronald Harry Nix

Ronald Harry Nix, 68, of 249 Mema Lane, Seneca died Monday at Oconee Medical Center. He was the significant other of Bobbi Elliott.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Family members are at their homes.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.davenportfuneralhome.com.  Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Nellie Belle Snider Queen

Nellie Belle Snider Queen, 100, of 101 Lila Doyle Drive, Seneca died Sunday at Lila Doyle. She was the widow of Henry Queen Sr.  The funeral will be 2 pm Wednesday at Mountain Rest Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Double Springs Cemetery.  Flowers accepted. Memorials may be made to Mountain Rest Baptist Church, 9915 Highlands Highway, Mountain Rest, […]

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Rumor–roof leak at the new high school

A speaker during last night’s meeting of the Oconee school trustees said there’s a rumor that the roof leaks at the new Walhalla High School.  And today a district administrator said, “There have been a few issues as you have with any new building.”  But Steve Hanvey said the roofing company has taken care of the leaking roof flashing—pieces of […]

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