“Roads and bridges” on Alexander’s mind

This will be a big week in the State Senate for South Carolina’s effort to repair its roads and bridges.  State Senator Thomas Alexander says he’s looking forward to hearing this afternoon from the newly-confirmed Secretary of Transportation, Christy Hall.  On Thursday, the Oconee-Pickens Republican said, he expects his chamber to do more work on a bill to address the […]

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The cold delays new sidewalk

For the next couple of days, concrete pouring for new Walhalla sidewalk on the south side of Main Street between Ann and Tugaloo streets is subject to the weather.  According to the Streetscape contractor, “With the cold temperatures we are concerned about pouring concrete for the next couple of days.  We will be forming for concrete pours in various locations […]

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Agreement in principle reached by school trustees

At their work session, Oconee school trustees agreed in principle to a transfer to the Town of Salem of the buildings that will no longer be needed for the middle and high school once the current academic year finishes.  Salem, thru its town attorney, has expressed interest in the complex and the transaction could have ramifications for county library branch […]

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Medical Staff vote to be announced today

By secret ballot, the Oconee Memorial Hospital Medical Staff voted on whether to unify with Greenville Hospital System, but the result won’t be announced until today.  The doctors cast their vote last night as part of a dinner meeting at a Lake Keowee restaurant that featured a presentation from Dr. Chris Wright, the GHS chief medical officer, and what amounted […]

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Crash at Seneca intersection

A late afternoon wreck occurred at a downtown Seneca intersection.  A hospital ambulance attended to those involved, though one responder told 101.7/WGOG NEWS no one appeared to have been seriously hurt in the accident at the North Second-Townville 4-way stop.  Because the accident involved a Seneca Light and Water pickup truck, the city police deferred investigation to the state patrol. […]

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Campus police charge Anderson man in thefts

Clemson University police arrested an Anderson man in connection with several thefts at R.M. Cooper Library on campus. Richard Todd Garrison, 41, was charged with five felony counts of financial transaction card theft and five counts of petit larceny less than $2,000. Garrison is not a Clemson student or employee. Police said items were taken from unsupervised backpacks owned by […]

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High-speed chase leads to theft discovery

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Oconee investigators are among law enforcement in three counties attempting to identify a suspect driving a stolen truck.  The arrest of a second person, driving another vehicle, led police in Carnesville, Georgia last week to find property stolen from the parking lot of a Hart County business.  Now authorities suspect a series of thefts from vehicles along I-85 in Oconee […]

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Judge’s order buys time for building owner

Judge Cordell Maddox has extended for two weeks the time for a downtown Seneca building owner may have for retaining an attorney to represent his interests against the city.  Maddox explained to family members of the Rev. Efford Haynes, the building owner, that by not hiring such an attorney, Haynes runs the risk of the appointment of a receiver whose […]

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Bannister’s penalty increases

A judge has ordered a former police chief to pay Westminster an additional $100 thousand dollars.  Derek Enderlin, the city attorney, succeeded today in getting Circuit Judge Cordell Maddox to attach punitive damages to what Bannister already owes to settle the embezzlement crimes the former chief committed against his former employer.  Enderlin holds out little hope that Westminster can recover […]

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