Home builders approved to finish the job

Approvals given last night by the Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals will allow home builders to finish the job started prior to the Great Recession.  The board cast a pair of 5 to 1 votes to allow variances for M & T Properties and SK Builders for a project on Preston Ridge Drive near the Keowee School Road.  In each […]

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Increase in Oconee joblessness

The Oconee County unemployment rate and claims filed in December inched up to 5.4% from November’s 5.2.  However, figures provided today from the Department of Employment and Workforce, showed a near 300 increase in the number of Oconeeans in the workforce.  Statewide, the jobless rate held at 5.5% in December, yet the number of people working grew by 10 thousand.  […]

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New sidewalk ahead for Streetscape

The Walhalla Streetscape contractor is hoping that it can start preparations for new sidewalk on Main Street—between the blocks of Ann and Spring streets.  But, according to Hutch ‘N Son, wet dirt conditions are a problem on the grades for the new sidewalks.  Yesterday workers finished most of the curb work on the south side of Main Street. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Tribute in Seneca to the late Glenn Frey

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The guests for the Joint Regional Sewer Authority’s annual members’ meeting last night enjoyed a catered dinner served by Manna from Heaven.  And, as they dined, they were entertained by the sounds of the pop group the Eagles.  Bob Faires and the folks at the remodeled Seneca Water Treatment Plant paid tribute to the late Eagles’ front man Glenn Frey […]

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Libraries seek handicapped ramps

Like the Seneca Library, the libraries in both Walhalla and Westminster may soon acquire amenities to directly benefit handicapped patrons.  The library trustees can thank what’s described as a $150 thousand windfall, courtesy of Oconee County Council.  Automatic doors were recently installed at the Seneca Library and staff now seeks ramps and automatic doors for Walhalla and Westminster.  Trustees Chairman […]

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County Elections Office readies for February 20 and 27

If you are a Republican or a Democratic voter, you likely are getting ready to cast your ballot for your choice in the state’s Presidential preference primary.  The Republicans hold their primary Saturday, February 20 and the Democrats one week later, February 27.  In the meantime, the office of Registrations and Elections is getting ready.  Vote machine preparations along with […]

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Report on inmate’s death sent to prosecutor

The Oconee County sheriff says the state police have finished their investigation of an inmate’s death and have sent the report to the circuit solicitor’s office.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he’s awaiting a letter from Solicitor Chrissy Adams about the status of the case of Ernest Lee Smalley Jr.  The 33-year old Seneca resident died October 27 at a Greenville […]

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James Robert McAlister

James Robert McAlister, 85, of 455 Heritage Lane, Westminster died Sunday at his home. He was the widower of Louise Davis McAlister.  A graveside service will be 2 pm Wednesday at First Baptist Memorial Park.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers accepted. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandfiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Sewer Authority holds rates steady

Unique and different are words that Bob Winchester uses to describe the way Oconee County delivers sewer treatment.  But what the long-time executive director of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority seemed most proud of last night is that the authority is free of debt and, for the fourth year, the authority has held the line on the charges it makes […]

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