Dalen and Thrift disagree on planning

Two Westminster men bring stark differences in their approach to government, and those differences were in contrast during last night’s forum.  John Dalen, a self-professed constitutionalist, promotes a free market method to government.  Dalen’s denouncement of zoning succeeded in engaging one of his opponents, Joel Thrift.  Thrift takes pride in accomplishments made by the current county government, such as improvements […]

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Center stage for council candidates

The final candidates’ forum of Oconee’s primary season staged last night and drew nearly 50 people to the Westminster Music Hall.  Featured were the men and woman running for Seats 4 and 5 on the Oconee County Council.  Eight prepared questions were presented by the forum moderator Wayne Morton on behalf of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce.  The candidates responded […]

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Melvin Robert Steckel

    Westminster – Melvin Robert Seckel, 73, widower of the late Nancy Mae Pitts Seckel, 123 Pierpoint Drive, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 4 pm, Sunday, June 12, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from Noon – 4 pm, prior to the […]

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BASF to expand in Oconee

BASF Corporation is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The expansion will result in $60 million in new capital investment for the supplier.  BASF Seneca, at one time Englehard, is a specialty chemical catalysts manufacturing and precious metals refining facility. The company’s refinery process produces solutions that are used to manufacture herbicides, plastics, pharmaceuticals, auto-emission catalysts and fertilizers.  To expand […]

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Plants stolen at Lowe’s

Oconee Sheriff’s Office placed a man under arrest today near Seneca on the charge of shoplifting.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the defendant is accused of taking hanging plants belonging to the Lowe’s Store.  A deputy responded early today in response to reports that someone was taking plants from a second store at the Applewood Shopping Center.  A traffic stop […]

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Herman Roach

Westminster – Herman James Roach, 58, husband of Helen Kathleen Strickland Roach, 326 Cobb Bridge Road, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016. A graveside service will be held 10am, Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY       Westminster – Herman […]

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Bobby Lee Lewis

  Seneca, SC— Bobby Lee Lewis, 82, husband of Joyce Gail Holmes Lewis, of 218 Doyle Drive, Seneca, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 10, 2016 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the National Kidney […]

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Optimism for charter school to make it

  The building and the grounds in Salem that served as the small town’s only school are no longer needed by the public school district.  And today the CEO of a one-year old state charter school, based in Greenville, sounded a tone of optimism to a group of Oconee public and private leaders that the “NEXT School at Eagle Ridge” […]

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Candidate questions office’s account

A candidate for 10th Circuit Solicitor says a financial account of the office of more than $1 million dollars raises questions, and he’s seeking answers.  Wilson Burr called a news conference at Walhalla to question an account amounting to $1,258,701.00 and announce that he’s seeking an audit along with a state investigation.  The money is held by a wealth management […]

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To vote Tuesday, remember your photo ID

The spokesman for the state Election Commission says voters who head to the polls Tuesday for the primary elections should keep in mind that any one of five identifications is accepted by poll workers:  When voting in person, you will be asked to one of the following photo IDs:  SC Driver’s License; SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card (includes […]

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