Westminster to interview administrator candidates

  Nineteen people have put their names in the hopper to be considered as Westminster’s next administrator.  And Mayor Brian Ramey says city leaders plan to start interviews with five of the applicants in the next week.  At the start of last night’s council meeting, Ramey expressed the hope that by next month Westminster will have a successor to Jeff […]

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Legal distillery set for a Long Creek opening

In olden days, in these parts, moonshiners hid from federal agents called revenuers.  These days government will allow you to operate a distillery—provided you qualify for a license and are taxed.  At Long Creek, Ed and Kitty Land look forward to expanding their agri-business with the opening of Oconee County’s first legal distillery.  The ribbon for the venture will be […]

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Seneca to pursue utility increase

  Once again, Seneca Light and Water will ask for a five percent increase in its sewer charges—both inside and outside the city limits.  Bob Faires, utilities director, says the rate increase is included in his  department’s budget request for 2016-17 which is to be presented to the mayor and the council for a vote prior to July 1.  Seneca […]

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Technology helps locate a missing Virginian

  A new piece of technology helped a sheriff’s deputy in northeast Georgia locate a missing man.   Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said one of his officers last Thursday was patrolling I-85 when he received a report of a missing Virginia man. Thomas said his deputy was using a new computerized alert system, called a tag reader, in his patrol car […]

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Personnel moves within Oconee schools

The principal at Westminster Elementary School, Chad Lusk, is transferring within the Oconee School District to be the next principal of the Hamilton Career Center.  The county board of trustees named Lusk the replacement for Mike Pearson, who retires July 1.  The school district has found a successor to Joe Rukat, who retires as the long-time director of technology.  The […]

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Builder clears City Hall hurdle at Seneca

A home builder cleared a City Hall hurdle in Seneca when the planning commission approved a zoning change.  The commissioners’ 4-0 vote is a recommendation, subject to city council approval next month.  On behalf of a Greenville County company, an engineer succeeded in eliciting the planning commission’s support of a zoning change to allow for single-home family homes on lakefront […]

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“SLED” investigation requested

  After seeing the video, the Oconee Sheriff wants another set of eyes to review what happened Sunday evening in the county jail.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw issued this statement:  “I have requested SLED to conduct an independent investigation.  I am making this request simply to prevent any potential conflict of interest since correctional officers are employees of the Sheriff’s Office.  […]

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Clyde “John” Edward Pelfrey

Walhalla, SC – Clyde “John” Edward Pelfrey, 81, husband of Ruth Sullivan Pelfrey, of 532 Adams Sullivan Road, Walhalla, died April 17, 2016 at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 […]

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