An “all-clear” for OMC’s Lila Doyle

A state re-inspection of Oconee Medical Center’s Lila Doyle nursing and rehabilitation facility this week resulted in an all-clear finding. And it means, according to spokesman Jim Beasley of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that Lila Doyle’s plan of correction was satisfactorily implemented, returning the facility to compliance, “and the denial of payment restriction for new […]

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Seneca approves for tourism initiative

Seneca leaders last night showed enthusiasm for an initiative designed to make South Carolina a friendlier place for tourists. The mayor and council approved spending $15 thousand for the city’s part in “South Carolina Great Outdoors” as explained by Phil Shirley, director of Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Mayor Dan Alexander told Shirley tourism is something his city wants to […]

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Pickens chooses new administrator

 Pickens County has a new man in charge. Announcement came last night of the selection of Matthew Delk, currently assistant administrator of Union County, North Carolina. Located east of Charlotte, Union is described as a fast-growing county with a population of 213 thousand. Delk once served as administrator in Bamberg County, South Carolina and he served as a National Guard […]

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Two votes for water plant project

At Oconee County’s request, Pioneer Rural Water District will accept an alternate piece of property on which to build its treatment plant. The board of directors convened after a closed-door meeting yesterday and voted to accept 70 acres on what General Manager Terry Pruitt called “the other side of the creek” at the county’s Golden Corner Commerce Park near Fair […]

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Guilty on both charges

A 17-year old man has been convicted in the General Sessions Court at Walhalla on charges that he stabbed his cousin 11 times. The judge sent Laquavius Cleveland to prison for a total of 27 years for attempted murder and the possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime. According to a court officer, Cleveland will be […]

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National award for Oconee’s broadband project

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has designated Oconee’s Broadband FOCUS as one of its community projects of the year. In a statement, County Administrator Scott Moulder said, “We are honored to be recognized for our work in bringing high speed fiber technology to the County.” Oconee earned the award for its role to create a 245-mile fiber […]

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All testimony finished

All testimony has ended in the Oconee trial of Laquavius Cleveland, without the defendant taking the stand.  Judge Alex Macaulay instructed the jury that it’s the right of any defendant to not testify.  Testimony finished late this morning as the defense presented its only witness, the defendant’s mother, Lasheka Nicole Cleveland.  She testified of being frantic last summer when her […]

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See if you can find the painted cat!

An art project is making Seneca’s downtown, Ramcat Alley in particular, more appealing to shoppers. Ed Halbig, planning and community development director, is announcing the completion of a project by the Blue Ridge Arts Center and the city that has placed one dozen sculptures of painted cats have been strategically placed on the Alley and elsewhere as a challenge for […]

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Small Business Resource Fair next week!

As a way to support small business development and entrepreneurs, a Small Business Resource Fair takes place next week in Seneca. Oconee Economic Alliance is collaborating with H&R Block and the Walhalla, Westminster, and Oconee chambers of commerce, to stage the fair from 4 to 7 p-m Tuesday, July 29 at the Shaver Recreation Complex. Professional business trainers and mentors […]

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