Cecil Balchin

  Seneca – Cecil Balchin, 85, widower of the late Ethel Elizabeth Smith Balchin, of 733 Keowee School Road, passed away, Monday, September 19, 2016, at the Cottingham Hospice House.   A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Thursday, September, 22, 2016 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends […]

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Six-year old found alone in hotel parking lot

A six-year old boy was found roaming in the parking lot of a Seneca hotel.  The police later arrested the boy’s mother after determining that the child had strayed alone three-quarters of a mile from his home and crossed a busy road.  A warrant, issued by the municipal judge, charges Paula Michelle Crawford with cruelty to children.  The police quoted […]

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Real estate closing held for former Hometown

The real estate closing is in the books for Seneca’s purchase of 106 N. Walnut building and property.  Realtor John Adams says the $200 thousand deal involving the building and parking lot for the former Hometown Food Store closed yesterday. “Like anything this will probably be a longer term transition, but I think it’s a positive move certainly to improve […]

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No change in Oconee jobless rate (5.5%)

In the last full month of summer, no change was detected in Oconee County’s unemployment rate.  The 5.5% August jobless rate reported by the state represented no change from July.  In percentage comparisons, fewer Oconeeans are in the unemployment line than Pickens (5.6%,) but more than Anderson (5.2%.)  Both the state and the country, however, recorded lower jobless percentages.  The […]

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Columbia man arrested in 2013 Wal-Mart shoplifting


A Columbia man remained in the Oconee jail over the weekend, having been charged in a case of shoplifting at the Wal-Mart three years ago.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office located Ontorio Cortez Waymyers (right) in a Myrtle Beach jail. He stands accused of taking 18 iPhones, worth nearly $11 thousand dollars, from the Seneca Wal-Mart. According to investigators, Waymyers spoke […]

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“Re-imagine” CATbus

A workshop meeting next month will give the public a chance to answer the question, “If you had to start from scratch, where and how would you provide bus service to meet the needs of today and the future?”  The question will be posed during the workshop 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, October 4 at the CATbus administration office, 200 […]

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Seneca teachers of the year


The Seneca Rotary Club announces the 2016 Teachers of the Year for the Seneca area schools. The following teachers were selected based on their work in the classroom and community. Lindsay James (Seneca Middle), Christina Alexander (Seneca High), Melissa Culler (Northside Elementary),  Jessica McGaha (Blue Ridge Elementary), and Donna Holliday (Ravenel Elementary).

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Tech to shine the spotlight on politics

Tri-County Technical College invites the public to the campus this month for a chance to meet the candidates who are running for the State House from Tri-County’s service area.  Wednesday, September 28 event will be a “Pizza & Politics” forum from 1:20 until 2:15 pm in the Marshall Parker Auditorium at Tech’s Pendleton campus.  So far, the incumbents and challengers […]

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