1880 Walhalla house now a home in Virginia

Oconee takes pride in what came before.  But, for whatever reason, if the county can’t keep an historic structure, it makes sense for someone somewhere else to have it.  That’s the attitude and the strategy that the Oconee Heritage Center took years ago when it helped find new owners for the large Biemann-Hughs house in Walhalla.  Those new owners are […]

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State jobless rate lowest since 2000

All those hiring signs you see apparently are directed at a shrinking market of South Carolinians who want work.  The state today reported the number of unemployed who are looking has dropped to below 100,000 and, for May, the jobless rate fell to 4.1%.  Oconee’s jobless rate was 3.6%.  Its number of unemployed actively seeking work totaled 1,233.  May was […]

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Zoning variance granted on Seneca’s Lee Lane

Builder Flay Dalrymple received the go ahead at Seneca City Hall last night to split a 10,000 square foot lot on Lee Lane near Northside Elementary School into two lots, on which he may build two separate single family houses.  The board of zoning appeals approved a variance.  There are townhomes connected by party walls on Lee Lane, but Dalrymple […]

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Staying prepared at Oconee Memorial

Accreditation surveyors are expected to arrive within the next few months at the Oconee Memorial Hospital.  Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus of GHS, says, “We have our routine accreditation survey coming up sometime between now and November.  It is always unannounced, but has to occur within three years of the previous survey.”  At Oconee Memorial, the focus […]

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Hotel project denied variance for parking spots

    A vote last night at City Hall throws doubt into whether By-Pass 123 in Seneca will get a 100-room hotel.  The zoning board of appeals rejected property owner Kishyam LLC’s request to vary from the required parking spaces by 18%.  Property owner representative John Adams of Adams Commercial Real Estate sought permission to build the project with 29 […]

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Homeless shelter guest accused of stealing car

  An Anderson man has been arrested and charged with stealing a car in Seneca.  Police records state the arrested man, Christian Robert Turner, was a guest at the Our Daily Rest homeless shelter in Seneca when the car theft occurred.  The crime occurred February 19. The Seneca police used surveillance footage to implicate the 25-year old Turner as having […]

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5-cent hike in school food prices

District administrators have asked Oconee school trustees to approve a five-cent increase in the cost of student meals.  As proposed by Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent, the increase for both breakfast and student meals for students would start with the new school year August 17.  Prices for adult school meals are set by another government agency.  

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Senate reaffirms NATO commitment

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s resolution reaffirming the United States Senate’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was adopted by a 100-0 vote. “Article 5 states that an attack on one NATO nation is an attack on all,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  “This is an important founding principle of NATO and the concept […]

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Formal order filed in Pioneer case

The written order by Judge McIntosh that denies a temporary restraining order for the legal opponents of Pioneer Rural Water is now part of the case file in the Oconee Court of Common Pleas.  Word came late last month that McIntosh ruled against Oconee County and the cities of Seneca and Westminster in their attempt to halt construction of the […]

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Three zoning appeals to be heard tonight

Three zoning appeals are to be heard tonight by a regulatory board at Seneca.  The city board of appeals will hold hearings at City Hall starting at 6 o’clock.  The following appeals will be heard:  242 Lee Lane, applicant Flay Dalrymple; 716 By-Pass 123, property owner, Kishyam LLC; and 502 Loba Court, property owner Robert Loftin.      

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