Oconeeans to be part of South Carolina job-development event

Without a skilled workforce, it’s a given that South Carolina can’t grow its economy.  That’s why at least two Oconeeans will take part in an event tomorrow in Columbia.  The Carolinas Associated General Contractors, chaired by Oconeean Marty McKee, along with Oconee-Pickens State Senator Thomas Alexander, is sponsoring a Workforce Development Initiative for the state.  And Governor McMaster will be […]

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Itron confirms warehouse rental

Itron has confirmed it is renting space in Westminster to help facilitate the addition of a product line to its West Union plant.  An Itron corporate officer says her company is temporarily renting warehouse space in Westminster as it prepares the West Union plant to accommodate production from Owenton, Kentucky.  Sharelynn Moore, vice president of global marketing and public affairs, […]

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Zach Hinton is the Co-Op solar man!

In a previous life Zach Hinton worked for a sheriff’s office and a U-S representative.  But when he joined the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative he didn’t know the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt hour.  Now Hinton finds himself in charge of Blue Ridge’s first foray into the renewable energy source known as solar power.  Hinton says Blue Ridge’s […]

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Two fatal Sunday car crashes in Oconee County

Two Sunday traffic fatalities in Oconee County prompted the coroner to appeal to motorists to drive safely—especially at a time of intermittent heavy rain.  Near Seneca, shortly before 6 o’clock last evening, a 27-year old Fair Play man, Anthony Hendry, lost his life after a two-vehicle crash on SC 130/the Rochester Highway.  Coroner Karl Addis said Hendry died of multiple […]

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As the economy improves, Blue Ridge adds customers

  The addition of 700 customers across the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative service territory last year represents the largest, one-year increase since the Great Recession year of 2008. “That growth pattern has continued into this current year,” says President/CEO Charles Dalton, “and our construction crews are staying busy in their efforts to keep up with the member additions to our […]

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Marijuana seized near Walhalla

A 66-year old man has been placed under arrest in Oconee County, charged with manufacturing marijuana.  A state DNR officer requested a deputy’s presence on Virginia Drive near the LeCroy Road.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, marijuana plants growing on the property and a quantity of marijuana from inside the home were seized.  Dennis Dale Deaton of Virginia Drive was […]

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Vandalism in the Wal-Mart parking lot

Someone apparently keyed a van in the parking lot of the Seneca Wal-Mart, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s help to solve the vandalism incident.  It occurred during the early morning hours of January 20.  Scratches were found on both sides of  a 2016 Nissan NV 3500 van.  If you have any information, you are asked to call […]

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Fundrasier tonight for West-Oak High Band

Entertainment tonight at the Westminster Music Center downtown will serve as a fundraiser for the West-Oak High School Band program.  Band supporter Bob Moir says performing tonight will be the Dixie Keys of Oconee County along with a jazz group from the Governor’s School.  That jazz group features former West-Oak student Roman Holder who has since performed at the Vatican. […]

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