County Council moves to wipe out tax hike

Joel Thrift, the District Four member of Oconee County Council, complimented two of his colleagues last night for finding ways to save and adopt a new budget that eliminates the need for a general tax increase.  Both District One’s Edda Cammick and District Five’s Reg Dexter proposed cuts to the budget offered by County Administrator Scott Moulder that recommend adding […]

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Three charged in Detention Center fight

  The state police have charged three Oconee County inmates in an altercation two weeks ago that Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said started when one inmate threw a food tray.  Travis Javon Lee and Jacob Daniel Drotning of Seneca were charged with assault and battery second degree.  The charge is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty on conviction of three years […]

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Haley to testify to Homeland Security subcommittee

Congressman Jeff Duncan says he will welcome the testimony this week of Governor Nikki Haley at a security-related hearing this week in Washington.  It’s a Homeland Security subcommittee, and the topic is “Transferring Guantanamo Bay Detainess to the Homeland:  Implications for States and Local Communities. Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement in preparation for Thursday’s hearing:  “I’m pleased to have […]

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Citizens Police Academy #3

Oconeeans may sign up now for the 3rd Citizens Police Academy that gives people chance to experience what a day in the life of a police officer is all about. You can register for the classes at the website of the Sheriff’s Office at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the […]

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David Wilkins to address Tech’s spring grads

David H. Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada (2005-2009) and longtime Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1994-2005), will deliver Tri-County Technical College’s spring commencement address. The ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center.   Approximately 637 students will be awarded degrees, diplomas and/or certificates during the College’s commencement.  In addition […]

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Rotary honors Students of the Month

The Seneca Rotary Club recently announced its April Students of the Month.  Honored were Jacory Benson of Seneca High School, Asia Lee of Seneca Middle School, Deemaje Mathis of Blue Ridge Elementary School, Diana Tlaxochiitectl of Northside Elementary, and Julian Ruiz of Ravenel Elementary. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Getting political this primary season!

Candidates entered in the this year’s primary election are being invited to reserve dates on their calendars for political forums.  The Oconee Republican Party plans a candidates’ speaking at 6 o’clock Monday night, May 9 at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center.  The Greater Walhalla Chamber of Commerce plans to get political, also, with two forums—one in May and one in June.  The […]

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Summer reading program to feature author

Oconee public schools stress that learning should not stop even over summer break.  To get students motivated to read over the recess, there will be a special event for Walhalla and Tamassee-Salem High students to meet a prize-winning author.  Matthew de la Pena will speak to the students during a kick-off event Thursday.  The intent is to promote life-long literacy […]

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Mailbox stolen near Westminster

      From time to time, the Oconee Sheriff’s Office investigates the theft of mail from mailboxes.  This time officers have a case of someone stealing a mailbox.  The theft was reported last week in the vicinity of 11-hundred Coffee Road near Walhalla.  Stolen were the mailbox case and a custom post made out of wrought iron.  The mailbox […]

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Building’s new look prompts calls of inquiry

A new look at a building near Westminster led yesterday to a number of calls to Oconee’s Pine Street office complex, asking whether a sexually-oriented business is in the works.  The location is what appears to be an empty building on 123/the Sandifer Boulevard just east of the city.  Josh Stephens, deputy director of community development for the county, says […]

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