Litter pickup campaign underway

 On a sunny and warm late winter day the Oconee Sheriff’s Office started its spring litter pickup campaign. Inmates from the Detention Center, supervised by Corp. Tim Rice, picked up trash on highway 11—south between Mountain Road and highway 123. Rice, the county’s environmental services officer, also led the inmates to pick up trash Tuesday on Camp Road near Five […]

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Fires in and around Westminster

 Yesterday afternoon proved to be a hot time for fire fighters in and around Westminster. One of the fires involved an engine fire in a truck sitting beneath the over-hang in the drive-thru of the Community First Bank on Windsor Street. Around the same time, fire burned through a mobile home, large barn, and an acre of brush near the […]

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Westminster changes utility rules

A change made by Westminster to its rules covering utility service will affect future water and sewer customers in the city’s service territory outside the corporate limits.  It has no effect on existing utility customers in the unincorporated areas.  City council last night approved a deed restriction on the property that requires the owners to annex when requested. City Administrator […]

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Hospital debt refinanced

Action by the governing board of Greenville Health System re-finances debt accrued from the takeover of Oconee Memorial Hospital, and the GHS treasurer says yesterday’s action is expected to save $140 thousand dollars. In the resolution approved by the GHS board, the amortization and final maturity of the bonds is to be re-structured to blend the debt service requirements with […]

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Game plan for those annoying potholes

The severe winter weather was no friend to the condition of the state-maintained roads and highways in Oconee County. Mike Smith, resident maintenance engineer for the DOT, says crews are now working extended hours to fill potholes. They are aware of many of the potholes, but the public is invited to report potholes by calling 864/647-0798 or through the internet […]

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For second day, a controlled burn

For a second day, Forest Service crews plan a controlled burn at or in the vicinity of Long Creek. A spokesman says today’s burn of 160 acres is to take place on the South Carolina side of the Chattooga River and is to be conducted by crews from the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest. He said yesterday’s […]

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Wording in Mission Statement changed

Only months into her first term, Oconee District One Councilwoman Edda Cammick has been thinking about the wording in the county mission statement, and last night she was able to do something about it. At her urging, the council amended the language. In Cammick’s view, the offending language was the last line “….managing growth and change thru smart, inclusive planning.” […]

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Public sounds off on noise law

Sampling the public’s opinion, Oconee’s elected leaders heard some words of caution against a noise ordinance so strict that it could cost the county jobs. Bountyland resident Don Leslie, telling the council that he is pro-business, said while he also believes there should be “teeth” in a noise ordinance, but not enough that it would drive industry away. Keowee Key […]

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Pickens court week has Oconee connections

Criminal charges against a Greenville man top the docket for next week’s term of Pickens County General Sessions Court. Those charges allege that Brent Christopher McLaurin committed grand larceny and entering a bank with the intent of robbery. The arrest affidavits naming McLaurin allege the crimes took place January 14, 2014 at the Sun Trust Bank in Pickens. During court […]

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Oconee to make exemptions for noise

If a certain industry comes calling, will Oconee make exception if what that manufacturer does runs afoul of the county’s noise rules? The answer at last night’s County Council meeting appeared to be yes. Four of the five council members approved an ordinance adding exemptions to the noise code that are conducive to business. Voting no was the council’s newest […]

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