Scotty Smith

Seneca – Scotty Layne Smith, 38, loving husband of Amanda Junelore Smith and father of Blake Tyler and Avery Nolan Smith, 107 Windy Hill Lane, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 with his family by his side.  A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Friday, May 20, 2016 at Bethel Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens.  […]

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era-contact USA coming to Pickens County

era-Contact USA, a global manufacturing leader of electrical railway couplings, is launching its North American manufacturing headquarters in Pickens County. According to the governor’s Office, the new development will bring $3.6 million in investment and lead to the creation of 45 new jobs. Based in Germany, era-contact is a technology leader for automatic electrical couplings and hand plugs in the […]

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Three more years for Scott Moulder!

Oconee’s longest-serving county administrator apparently will be around a good while longer.  101.7/WGOG NEWS has learned that, after a two-hour executive session last night, District One’s Edda Cammick made a motion, seconded by District Five’s Reg Dexter, that the county attorney finalize a contract reflecting the terms as discussed in executive session for Scott Moulder to continue as administrator for […]

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Oconee teacher group recognizes four seniors

Oconee Teacher Forum scholarships are being awarded this year to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college and major in education.  Certificates were presented this week by Fred Edgerton, Oconee Teacher of the Year, to Kelsey Ramey of West-Oak High School, Tommy “T-J” Galloway of Walhalla High School, Kierra Douglas of Seneca High School, and Noah Powell […]

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Walhalla Pool to open May 27

The Walhalla Municipal Swimming Pool on W. Main Street will open for a new season Friday, May 27—the start of the Memorial Day weekend.  Season passes are now available from the YMCA which, once again, will operate the pool for the city.  The “Y” may be reached at 864/962-4049. The idea to add a splash pad for the youngest swimmers […]

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Case alleging murder set for trial

  The prosecutor’s office plans to call to trial next week the charge of murder and other alleged offenses against a young Seneca area man.  Atop the docket for Oconee General Sessions Court is South Carolina versus James William Toward.  He’s one of two persons arrested in the investigation of the shooting death of Robert Andrew Johnson in 2014 on Ames […]

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Search ends well on the Foothills Trail

A search has ended with success on the Foothills Trail.  Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services says a husband and his wife were found yesterday not far from the Bad Creek access to the trail.  He said they were transported to their car which was parked at the Oconee State Park.  Oconee 9-1-1 received a call for help yesterday morning […]

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Westminster awards contracts

  In his final days as city administrator, Jeff Lord is tidying up the business of Westminster.  And that includes new sidewalks and new electric transformers.  At the city administrator’s recommendation, the council last night awarded contracts for nine sidewalks.  According to Lord, Westminster has been approved for a grant from the county’s state “C” Fund Committee.  A Columbia company […]

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Deputies graduate from state academy

Two Oconee deputy sheriffs have graduated in a ceremony at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.  Caitlyn Pope and Ike Lewis have begun work as Uniform Patrol Officers.  Pope will work during the day and Lewis will work at night.  Pope graduated in 2014 from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human services.  She is […]

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Jeff Lord’s two Westminster years near end

Westminster’s elected leaders return to another closed-door meeting this afternoon to consider who will be the city’s next administrator.  The city’s current administrator, Jeff Lord, said his goodbyes last night during city council’s regular May meeting and added that his two years have been fun and he will miss everyone.  Those in the meeting room reacted kindly to their departing […]

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