An award for Oconee’s economic development recruiter

In his capacity as exectuive director of Oconee Economic Alliance, Richard Blackwell frequently pursues tax credit incentives to lure jobs and retain existing jobs.  Blackwell is being recognized by a national organization that advocates new markets tax credit.  He is to receive a Public Executive of the Year Award June 2 in Washington, D-C at the Novogradac New Markets Tax […]

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Plaintiff in line for monetary award

  A Simpsonville man walked out of the Oconee Courthouse today, having been told by the judge that he can expect to receive a monetary award to settle his civil suit alleging sexual abuse.  The case, filed under the pseudonym John Doe, alleges that Richard Trey Gardner abused him beginning when the student was in the 7th grade at Walhalla […]

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Steven Moore eyes political comeback

  A former Oconee official says he is “95%” sure he will run this year for a seat on the county School Board of Trustees.  Steven Moore is a former member of both the trustee board and the county council and would run for the District Two seat now held by Rosemary Bailes.  Oconee school board elections are non-partisan and […]

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Seth Pass

Westminster- Seth Erskin Lemuel Pass, of Greenfield Road, passed away, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Funeral Services will be held 11AM, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Foothills Community Church in the North Venue Chapel. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM, Friday, April 15, 2016 at Sandifer Funeral Home. The family is at the home of the mother, Lissa Holliday, 100 […]

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“You had a good year,” auditor tells Seneca

Seneca’s leaders were told by their outside auditor that they can consider the last government year a positive period when it comes to the way it handles its money.  Mike Stancil, certified public accountant, delivered a 2014-15 audit that contained no management letter, meaning no criticism of the city’s books and record-keeping.  Stancil listed Seneca assets approaching $94 million dollars […]

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Naturalist and author speaks tomorrow

A FOLKS Forum will be held tomorrow at the Duke World of Energy. Light refreshments at 6:00pm. The forum will start at 6:30pm. You can meet naturalist and author John Garton and learn about the Clemson Experimental Forest: 17,500 acres of woodlands surrounding Clemson University with wildlife, waterfalls and wildflowers. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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SRO at the Salem Community Center

Seats were at a premium last night in a large Salem meeting room.  Five representatives of a charter school pitched the advantages of opening a new school in Salem, once the doors are closed at the public middle and high school.  And for those Salem area residents who filled their community center, they were there to learn and to react […]

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Oconee judge suspended

Kenny Johns, the Oconee Probate Judge, has been removed from office in what the State Supreme Court calls an interim suspension.  No details were given in an order signed by Chief Justice Costa Pleicones.  A source described as close to the matter said Facebook comments made following Seneca’s settlement with the Hammond estate triggered the suspension.  In a text last […]

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Lawyer goes to bat for prosecutor and office

Judge Maddox took under advisement this afternoon a motion by a defense lawyer to excuse Solicitor Chrissy Adams from a civil lawsuit brought on behalf of a boy who was found not guilty of a sex crime and then sued Adams and others.  James Logan, attorney for Adams, argued there are court rulings that hold that prosecutors are immune from […]

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Affidavit required on the part of plaintiff

  What’s inside boxes in a storage unit on Hilton Head Island was the focus of arguments this afternoon in an Oconee courtroom.  The boxes belong to Debi Baker Brookshire, plaintiff in a lawsuit against Community First Bank and ex-banker Benjamin Hiott.  An attorney for Community First argued that the contents of, perhaps, 200 boxes should be discoverable as part […]

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