Drought declared in additional South Carolina counties

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought status for 17 counties in the state. Fourteen counties were upgraded to “incipient,” the first level of drought: Lancaster, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Lee, Florence, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Beaufort and Jasper. Three counties were upgraded to “moderate,” the second level of drought: McCormick, Greenwood, and Edgefield.  Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, […]

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Balloon release to honor law enforcement

The public is invited to Seneca this afternoon for a 2 o’clock balloon release to honor fallen local police and fire fighters.  The balloon release will take place at the Gignilliat Community Center.  The balloon release will follow a luncheon that is open to law enforcement and fire department personnel.  Among the speakers will be Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and State […]

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Glenn Ruben Whitmire

Salem, SC- Glenn Ruben Whitmire, 66, husband of Linda Davis Whitmire of 14943 North Highway 11, Salem, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Boones Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 PM, […]

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Clara Owens

Walhalla – Clara James Owens, 76, wife of Melvin Owens, of 405 Walnut Street, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her residence.   A funeral service will be held 3:30 pm, Friday, August 19, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow […]

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Millie “Crossley” Collins

Walhalla – Millie Ann “Crossley” Collins, 72, of 1041 S. Greenwich Drive, passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held 7 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6-7 pm, prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family is […]

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Real-time weather data and images offered by Clemson

Weather data and images from the top of Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium now are available online from a new weather station. Florida-based WeatherSTEM donated the weather station to Clemson and 10 other Atlantic Coast Conference universities. An emergency manager at Florida State University saw a story about WeatherStem and realized it had potential uses at his school. Another was installed […]

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Party headquarters to open for the November elections

Oconee Republican Party will open its General Election campaign headquarters September 1 in downtown Seneca.  From 11:30 to 12:30 on that Thursday the county Republicans will open their headquarters at 116 N. Townville Street–across the street from Democratic headquarters.  Bill Jerome, party vice chairman, says Congressman Jeff Duncan, a candidate for re-election, will be present and it’s hoped, he said, […]

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“C” Fund help to be sought for Palmetto Trail

Walhalla Mayor Danny Edwards says his city will ask the county’s state “C” Fund Committee for financial assistance in making the Walhalla’s part of the Palmetto Trail extension a reality.  The Palmetto Conservation announced plans last summer to eventually extend the Upstate terminus of the trail from Oconee State Park into the city of Walhalla.  City leaders and the chamber […]

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Siren test this morning

The 65 sirens within ten miles of the Oconee Nuclear Plant are to be tested this morning. The new wrinkle to this test is that new software has been installed.  But like usual the sirens are to sound for about three minutes beginning at 11:50.  Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate.  In an emergency, sirens are sounded as […]

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Cruising is legal in Westminster

Soon there will be signs in Westminster, reminding people that cruising—or cutting town—is legal.  In fact what critics claim is an aimless activity that wastes gasoline will now actually be encouraged to bring young people and others to the city.  Councilwoman Susan Ramey and Westminster resident Zack Sharpe promoted cruising during last night’s council meeting.  “It can be a good […]

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