Casto identifies five Hartwell Village stores

A Casto company official identified five stores for which there is agreement to build in Hartwell Village.  Tom Lowell of Casto’s Raleigh, North Carolina office told a meeting this morning at the Hamilton Career Center that stores secured so far are Michael’s, Marshall’s, Ulta, 5 Below, and Rack Room Shoes.  But Lowell hints at more to come, as well as […]

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Seneca and “GPATS” may be match after 2020

  After the next nationwide census, in 2020, the Seneca area may become slotted into what today is “GPATS”—the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation organization.  If that happens, it’s likely a reflection of the changes that are taking place in the Seneca area, especially near Clemson, that reflect more residents, more traffic, and more development.  Ed Halbig, Seneca’s planning and community development […]

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Blue Ridge Bank files Westminster application

Blue Ridge Bank seeks to fill the void that First Citizens will create next week in Westminster.  According to a newspaper legal ad, Blue Ridge has asked the FDIC to be allowed to open a branch office at 200 W. Windsor Street.  In a notice to First Citizens customers, area executive Chuck Perry said, “After carefully and thoroughly evaluating the […]

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Rotary bestows cash awards to top academic achievers

  During an annual luncheon, the Seneca Rotary Club recognized the top academic achievers in grades six through twelve in the Seneca public schools.  And, by offering cash awards to graduating seniors, the club meets the purpose and intent of its program by encouraging students to strive for academic excellence each year.  The following five gradating Seneca seniors shared in […]

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Air-condition failure at the Oconee Courthouse

Lawyers have shed their suit jackets today in the stuffy 4th floor courtroom at the Oconee Courthouse in Walhalla.  An air conditioning system failure means no air conditioning, and the immediate question that arises is whether the county will be able to have the system repaired or whether it will face a bill of having to replace the A-C.   […]

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100 new jobs at West Union’s Itron

Governor Henry McMaster is among leaders who today are extending official thanks to Itron for the manufacturer’s decision to add 100 jobs to its complex on highway 11 at West Union.  Word has been confirmed that Itron is moving its natural gas meter line from Kentucky to its West Union location.  An $8 million investment of new capital is planned.  […]

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Defendant changes plea, trial avoided

A jury was prepared to hear testimony, but an Oconee County criminal court defendant decided to plead guilty.  The plea, from Jeremy Stephen Black, to a pair of charges yesterday brought a sentence of three years in prison, suspended to one year and one year probation.  Black pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle and distribution, possession with intent […]

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Oconee turns its attention back to the Golden Corner Commerce Park

  Over the next two years, Oconee’s State “C” Fund Committee will commit $391 thousand dollars to re-build an entrance road to the county’s Golden Corner Commerce Park.  After a presentation this morning by Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance, the committee committed the funds.  Blackwell announced that, with support of the County Council, his office is completing a loan […]

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