TSGT Daniel Swaney

Technical Sergeant Daniel Ryan Swaney, USAF, 30, of Las Vegas, Nevada died Thursday, May 7.  His more than 12 years with the Air Force included two tours in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Sunday, May 17 at Hepsibah Baptist Church.  The body will lie in state one hour before the […]

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Contract awarded for the new 59 Crossroads

A DOT official says a contract has been awarded for the remake of the South Carolina 59 tie-in with South Carolina 24 in the Crossroads Community. According to Josh Makison, the work should improve public safety where accidents have been prone to occur for many years. In each instance—both where 59 from Seneca swings to the right by the convenience […]

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Large inflatables no longer allowed on Duke lakes

Duke Energy Lake Services announces that no longer are large recreation inflatables permitted on the lakes within the Keowee-Toxaway project. Shore management guidelines required by the federal government and arrived at thru negotiations with stakeholders now forbid the use of recreation equipment such as trampolines, slides, and diving boards. Those kinds of inflatables can block navigation access and raise aesthetic […]

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Analysis suggests business license reform

An economic analysis points up problems with the current structure of the business license tax in South Carolina. The state Home Builders Association calls attention to a study by Dr. Russell Sobel, economic professor at The Citadel. Sobel believes the current system damages South Carolina’s economy and local governments. According to the Home Builders, businesses must now apply for and […]

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The electronic way of keeping a government record

On the recommendation of the city’s clerk-treasurer, Seneca will pursue the electronic way of keeping its records. Mayor Dan Alexander says there are great advantages to going the paperless way. The city will spend $4,500 dollars for the software to make the change. Clerk-Treasurer Joel Seavey says although records will be stored electronically, the city will still be able to […]

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Artifacts in danger by loss of air conditioning

Oconee’s prized artifacts are in danger by the loss of all five air conditioning units at the Oconee Heritage Center. This Saturday’s Big Ole Hootenanny and Ice Cream Social have been cancelled, and Heritage Center curator Leslie White says there is an urgent need to raise $50 thousand to repair the air conditioning. White says, “Keeping the museum at a […]

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Seneca makes appointments

Like the Oconee County Council, Seneca’s leaders were holding their own executive session last night. The city council recessed its regular May meeting to go into executive session for contract and personnel matters. And when the mayor and council emerged they voted to make appointments to their planning commission and board of zoning appeals.

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No action taken after closed session

Whatever the county attorney said during an executive session apparently was not enough for Oconee County Council to act once the private meeting went back to open session. Left hanging last evening was whether the council will agree to settle an airplane back tax lawsuit, on the terms of the defendants. Unlike last Friday, yesterday’s special meeting was held behind […]

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Pre-trial hearing in Westminster v. First Citizens

At one point yesterday, the judge said, “I’m not real impressed by the city of Westminster’s case.” But as the hearing wound down, Judge Lawton McIntosh somewhat changed his tune, saying the city’s case against First Citizens Bank is interesting and he’s going to do more reading on it before ruling on a motion by the bank to have it […]

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