“You had a good year,” auditor tells Seneca

Seneca’s leaders were told by their outside auditor that they can consider the last government year a positive period when it comes to the way it handles its money.  Mike Stancil, certified public accountant, delivered a 2014-15 audit that contained no management letter, meaning no criticism of the city’s books and record-keeping.  Stancil listed Seneca assets approaching $94 million dollars […]

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Naturalist and author speaks tomorrow

A FOLKS Forum will be held tomorrow at the Duke World of Energy. Light refreshments at 6:00pm. The forum will start at 6:30pm. You can meet naturalist and author John Garton and learn about the Clemson Experimental Forest: 17,500 acres of woodlands surrounding Clemson University with wildlife, waterfalls and wildflowers. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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SRO at the Salem Community Center

Seats were at a premium last night in a large Salem meeting room.  Five representatives of a charter school pitched the advantages of opening a new school in Salem, once the doors are closed at the public middle and high school.  And for those Salem area residents who filled their community center, they were there to learn and to react […]

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Oconee judge suspended

Kenny Johns, the Oconee Probate Judge, has been removed from office in what the State Supreme Court calls an interim suspension.  No details were given in an order signed by Chief Justice Costa Pleicones.  A source described as close to the matter said Facebook comments made following Seneca’s settlement with the Hammond estate triggered the suspension.  In a text last […]

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Lawyer goes to bat for prosecutor and office

Judge Maddox took under advisement this afternoon a motion by a defense lawyer to excuse Solicitor Chrissy Adams from a civil lawsuit brought on behalf of a boy who was found not guilty of a sex crime and then sued Adams and others.  James Logan, attorney for Adams, argued there are court rulings that hold that prosecutors are immune from […]

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Affidavit required on the part of plaintiff

  What’s inside boxes in a storage unit on Hilton Head Island was the focus of arguments this afternoon in an Oconee courtroom.  The boxes belong to Debi Baker Brookshire, plaintiff in a lawsuit against Community First Bank and ex-banker Benjamin Hiott.  An attorney for Community First argued that the contents of, perhaps, 200 boxes should be discoverable as part […]

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Financial card fraud case

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  The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office would like the public’s help to solve the crime of financial card fraud.  A deputy investigating the theft March 4 of a debit card learned that the card was used at two businesses in Oconee County, one of which included an ATM. The officer got a picture of the suspect, and the Sheriff’s Office […]

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Defacement suspects come forward

The following message was distributed to the Clemson campus today by the office of Almeda Jacks, vice president for student affairs:  “As a result of President James P. Clements’ message calling for anyone with information regarding the defacement of a university banner on the Clemson campus to come forward, the parties responsible for this act have voluntarily admitted their involvement […]

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Counting money raised for Solicitor’s race

In politics, money often talks.  An accounting this week shows David Wagner ahead in fundraising over  his fellow Republicans for this June’s primary vote for 10th Circuit Solicitor, Oconee and Anderson counties.  Announcement by the Wagner campaign shows the candidate ahead of both Rame Campbell and Wilson Burr.  The announcement, from Wagner campaign director Sean Wise, places Wagner with $38,840.00 […]

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At this point, new school budget “a moving target”

  Senator Alexander and the rest of the State Senate are returning to Columbia to work on a new state budget.  That leaves Oconee public schools with figures projected from the House of Representatives’ proposal.  And last night the county board of trustees received numbers indicating a new budget of a little more than 92 and three-quarter million dollars to […]

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