Arts scholarship to Walhalla senior

A student at Walhalla High School, Jesus Miranda, was named recipient today of this year’s James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts. Six other Oconee students auditioned. For Jesus, the scholarship is worth $4 thousand. He plans to attend Furman University this fall. The award is given annually to Oconee seniors who plan to enter a college or university to […]

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Voters urged to sign up for June 10 primaries

If you are a South Carolinian eligible to vote and have yet to register, you are urged to prepare for the state’s primaries on June 10. State and local voter registration and elections officials will spend the month of May drawing attention to the effort to increase registration and to educate voters on candidates. Governor Haley has declared May as […]

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Hall of Famers Bill and Phyllis Thraves

Jewelry store owners in Seneca—Bill and Phylllis Thraves—are the recipients of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award for 2014. That award will be presented at Spotlight Oconee, the chamber’s annual meeting and awards dinner. The Thraves have been dedicated and generous community leaders, ever since opening W-W Thraves Jewelers in 1977. The business is now in the […]

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Prater succeeds in basic and advanced training

Army Pvt. Amanda Prater has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Her training included basic and advanced, along with instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, map reading, tactics, and military courtesy, among other subjects. Prater is the daughter of Rhonda Giese of Seneca and Marvin Prater of Westminster. She’s a 2013 graduate of West-Oak […]

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User fees to remain unchanged

For a third year, the charge that Oconee’s three largest municipalities pay for sewer treatment will remain steady. City officials in Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster are being told today that the total treatment charge for 2014-15 will amount to $2.8 million. Though that figure doesn’t change, what does change is the percentage each of the cities will pay. Bob Winchester […]

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Patience required for new park signs

Oconee’s leading recruiter for economic development says his office is at work to secure the proper signs and determine the best spots to put them at two of county’s developing industrial parks. Both Golden Corner Commerce Park near Fair Play and the Oconee Industry and Technology Center on highway 11 are key pieces in the county’s quest for economic development […]

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Walhalla to flush hydrants

Water hydrants will be flushed across the Walhalla water system throughout the month of May. The project begins tomorrow and will last until May 30. For a short time, the flushing will cause  discoloration. The city promises the water will be safe to drink, but it’s good advice to check the water before running laundry. If you have questions, call […]

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Worry over potential cuts in charity care

Each year Oconee Medical Center writes-off million dollars worth of charity care that is either uncollectible or non-reimbursable. Wayne McCall, the Oconee County councilman, is worried whether a local commitment to charity care will be lessened if and when the Greenville Health System takeover of OMC becomes final.  McCall should not worry, according to Hunter Kome, OMC chief operating officer. […]

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Moulder not reluctant to wield the ax

“It was like Christmas time around here.” That remark by Scott Moulder was used by the Oconee County administrator to describe a wide-eyed anticipation with which county department heads approached their individual budget requests for a new year. Moulder told the County Council that he counted total requests above $50 million. Some of those requests would cover legitimate needs, but […]

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