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Westminster gets boost from wholesale supplier

May 26, 2015

Westminster’s wholesale electric power supplier has approved a formula change that city leaders expect will better position the city for economic development. City Administrator Jeff Lord says the formula change approved last week by the board of directors of Piedmont Municipal Power Agency will allow more of its commercial customers to qualify for an economic…

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Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody

May 23, 2015

Police say the man thought to be responsible for the Tuesday robbery at Community First Bank in Seneca is in custody in North Carolina. The robbery occurred at the 123/Sheep Farm Road branch. Jimmy Watt, with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, says a warrant was issued Saturday for 53 year-old Jesse Ray Pate of Pasture…

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The business of the Economic Alliance

May 23, 2015

“If you want to play, you have to pay.” That is how Bob Hill phrased in on Friday when the policymakers for the Oconee Economic Alliance decided that ex-officio members of the alliance board of directors who do not pay membership dues will be ineligible to cast votes. As vice-chairman, Hill presided at Friday’s board…

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How the Sheriff’s Office will spend the holiday weekend

May 22, 2015

Oconee sheriff’s officers this holiday weekend will patrol both the highways and the water ways. The Sheriff’s Office realizes that many people will imbibe over the Memorial Day period, but stresses that people should not drink and drive, nor should they run a boat or other watercraft while under the influence. Open containers are not…

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“A-COG” boss gets a look at Oconee

May 22, 2015

Oconee County played host recently to a special visitor. The executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, Scott Hamilton, got a tour of the county a month and a half ago, with State Senator Thomas Alexander helping to guide the visitor. According to Richard Blackwell of Oconee Economic Alliance, the trip was beneficial…

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Could June be the month?

May 22, 2015

The latest on whether Michelin is going to commit to build a distribution center inside Oconee’s Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play is that the decision could come next month. In his report given today, Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance said this about Michelin: “Hearing June from the company as the timeframe as…

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Moulder suggests a new spec building

May 22, 2015

Scott Moulder, the Oconee County administrator, made known today his top locations for where the next spec building should go. Moulder spoke at a meeting of the board of the county Economic Alliance when the discussion turned to whether the county is missing out by not having at least a shell of a building immediately…

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Temperature extremes!

May 22, 2015

Temperature extremes! Barbara Wilson, the Walhalla Weather Observer, recorded 84 degrees as the high temperature yesterday afternoon. At night the temperature—-grab the blanket, Myrtle—dipped to 47 degrees.

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Final walk-thru at new jail late next month

May 22, 2015

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says no major issues or concerns cropped up during an inspection Wednesday of Oconee’s new $16.2 million jail. The contractor is going thru a punch list and doing some touch-up painting. State Department of Corrections’ officials return late next month for what’s called a final walk-thru. Crenshaw says that means the actual…

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State grants occupancy permit

May 22, 2015

The State Department of Education has approved an essential document pertaining to Oconee County’s newest high school. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, says the district has now received the occupancy permit for the new Walhalla High that is scheduled to open in time for the new school year in August. Having that permit means…

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Calendar

  • May 29, 2015 7:00 pmKingdom Youth Conference
  • May 29, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • May 30, 2015 8:00 amDNR Boater Education Class
  • May 31, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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