Work proposed on part of 123/the Toccoa Highway

​A near two-mile section of U-S 123/the Toccoa Highway in Oconee County would be re-built and re-habilitated, as part of the 2017 State Transportation Improvement Program.  Announced today by the South Carolina DOT, this year’s program would spend $40 million for work on 94.40 miles of primary highways across the state, including the Oconee County project.  The DOT welcomes comment […]

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Oconee charges leveled against Anderson man

Oconee Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against an Anderson man held in that county’s detention center.  The charges against Johnny Dean Sharp (right) include the allegation that on December 9 the 51-year old man test drove a 2008 Ford Fusion belonging to Lanning Auto Sales near Seneca and failed to return it.  The charge reads breach of trust with fraudulent […]

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Drilling rig to be removed

At Clemson the South Carolina DOT has finished the drilled shafts for the railroad bridge project and anticipates the removal this week of the drilling rig.  That, according to the city of Clemson, will eliminate the need for the daily lane closures.  That means the need for future lane closures will be sporadic only.  

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Scott Parris wearing a new hat!

Scott Parris temporarily will wear a new hat for his employer—the city of Walhalla.  The utilities superintendent is also serving as interim city administrator.  In that connection, one of Parris’s new responsibilities is to serve as a contact for companies interested in landscape design or landscape maintenance, or both, for the Streetscape blocks downtown.  Those interested in bidding for the […]

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Statewide conference to take place in Oconee

The South Carolina Federation of Museums has announced its 2018 annual conference will be held in Oconee County.  Jennifer Moss, Assistant Curator at Oconee Heritage Center, was named Chair of the conference planning committee. “I have been working hard the past several years to encourage SCFM to allow Oconee host this conference.  We have unique combinations of museums, historical and […]

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Westminster music venue host the city’s birthday party

The Westminster Music Hall on Main Street closed last fall.  But a group of Westminster residents is trying to revive the venue as the Westminster Music Center.  The Music Center, under acting director of B-J Callahan, hosted the city’s birthday event.  Callahan’s two-member group, “Amongst the Trees”, provided the entertainment.  Callahn’s father, Bill, has high hopes for the Music Center. […]

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Mayor marvels at his city’s resiliency

  In the 19th century common was the creation of towns bi-sected by the railroad.  Seneca and Westminster are among the examples.  But a fact of 21st century life is that, while the trains continue to roll, some small towns along railroads have practically died.  Westminster is an example of a town that continues to exude vitality.  And, for that, […]

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Annexation and zoning tonight at Seneca

Growing Seneca’s city limits is front and center tonight at the City Hall.  At 6 o’clock the planning commission will hold a hearing on Hank Higgins’ request to annex 134 Indian Oaks Road—property owned by Crescent Communities.  Higgins is requesting an R-20 zoning classification be assigned to the property.

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Clemson students on spring break

Students in several Clemson University organizations are taking spring break trips this week, but they won’t be going to the beach. They’ll be spending their time off volunteering to help others. Among their projects:  to help build a school for a community in Nepal; four undergraduate students and an assistant professor are going to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to continue […]

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