Opening day qualifiers

Four Oconeeans were opening day qualifiers for the June primary election.  As received by the office of Oconee Elections in the first hour and a half of qualifying today were Karl Addis for Coroner, Greg Nowell for Treasurer; Christy Hubbard for Auditor; and Julian Davis, for District Seat Four, Oconee County Council.  All are Republicans. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Westminster losing its administrator

Here is the statement from City of Westminster about the decision that Jeff Lord is leaving his job as city administrator:  “Westminster City Administrator, Jeff Lord, will be moving on to take the Town Administrator position for the Town of Moncks Corner. Mr. Lord informed Council at last night’s City Council Meeting. “I have really enjoyed my time with the […]

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Lord resigning

A developing story:  Westminster Mayor Brian Ramey has confirmed to 101.7/WGOG NEWS that Jeff Lord, city administrator, is resigning.  Ramey says he and Lord are working on an announcement and expect to make it by the noon hour today. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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How healthy is Oconee?

Two organizations are ranking Oconee County number 12 of 46 South Carolina counties for good health.  According to the rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Beaufort County residents are the healthiest; Greenville County residents are second healthiest in the state.  At the bottom of the 46-county rankings are Marion, Allendale and […]

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Three requests for zoning variances

The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider requests for three variances during hearings that get underway at 6 o’clock tomorrow night at the Seneca City Hall.  Each request involves a separate applicant at separate locations.  On property zoned highway commercial, Kristal Kuhlen seeks relief from steep, wooded property fronting 123; on property zoned residence-office, Gail Harrison seeks a variance at […]

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Fire on the mountain today!

The Forest Service plans a prescribed burn today in Mountain Rest, off the Rich Mountain Road.  A spokesman for the USFS says 950 acres are to be burned for the purpose of creating better wildlife habitat and reducing the ingredients that lead to wildfires.  Today’s fire should be visible from Walhalla, but it’s likely to create no other impact, according […]

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Leadership Oconee to beautify Westminster

  This year’s Class of Leadership Oconee has its assignment.  Applause rang out last night when the Westminster City Council and Leadership Oconee reached agreement on allowing class members to landscape and create art at the downtown corner of Retreat and Main streets.  Jennifer Moss, who made the presentation, invited the mayor and council to be present at groundbreaking for […]

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Lost hiker found OK

A lost hiker was located in safe condition early last night in the vicinity of Oconee State Park.  He had set out on the trail from Walhalla’s Stumphouse Tunnel Park and apparently became disoriented.  Walhalla Fire Department members were among those who participated in last night’s search and rescue. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Added protections for Oconee

  Oconee County is close to welcoming an automotive parts maker to one of its industrial parks, but it will insist on adding language to the agreement that protects the county in the event the company does not live up to its plans.  Final approval of a deal that will bring a still publicly unidentified manufacturer to the Information and Technology Park […]

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Man charged with removing electronic device

  By late yesterday afternoon, an Oconee man sat in jail accused by authorities of removing an electronic monitoring device.  The Sheriff’s Office also announced the charge of malicious injury to personal property against Joshua Scott Ivester.  He has been denied bond on both charges.  For parts of yesterday the 31-year old Ivester was the object of a lookout by […]

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