Abandoned house burns in Seneca

Fire broke out at the end of a Seneca road.  The fire department today will check with City Hall for records to help determine the owner of the abandoned wooden house at the end of Scotland Road.  Walkers on the track of the Shaver Recreation Complex saw smoke late yesterday morning and alerted authorities.  Chief Jan Oliver of the Seneca […]

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Seneca attempts to finalize contract

The events coordinator said this afternoon that Seneca is trying to finalize a contract with the Temptations to secure the famed Motown group as the featured act for Seneca Fest on Memorial Day weekend.  Seneca has offered the group $30 thousand for a one-night performance on the grounds at the Gignilliat Community Center.  Riley Johnson, the events coordinator, said there […]

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New Oconee jail opens for business!

Front - Oconee County Detention Center

The new Oconee Detention Center, built at a guaranteed price of $16.2 million, went into operation today—about eight months after Sheriff Mike Crenshaw had hoped.  Grading operations for the new jail began in the spring of 2014.  Inmates were moved from the old jail and are now housed in the new one.  Crenshaw has given a faith-based group the go […]

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Fewer teacher graduating, more teachers leaving

  An analysis by a pro-teacher group in Rock Hill raises the question of whether there are going to be adequate numbers of teachers to educate the young.  The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement finds that fewer teachers are graduating and more teachers are leaving.  It sees a widening gap between teacher supply and teacher demand.  And Kim […]

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Clemson part of Google college expeditions virtual reality

Clemson University is one of the featured participants in Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program.  First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday unveiled the virtual reality project that is to enable children in schools across the world to visit colleges and universities without stepping foot on the campuses.  Clemson is the first university in South Carolina invited to participate.  The virtual reality experience can […]

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Judge orders gambling machines destroyed

Magistrate Blake Norton ruled this month that three video game machines in Seneca meet the state’s definition of gambling machines and, pending an appeal period, has ordered their destruction.  The machines were seized by the state Law Enforcement Division January 12 at Seneca Lanes on the 123 By-Pass and brought to the magistrate’s office in Walhalla for his examination.  The […]

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West Union gets a candidate

The town of West Union has a candidate for its 2016 election.  Main Street resident David Scealf qualified yesterday with the office of Oconee Registration and Elections to run for one of four available council seats in the April 5 election.   The filing deadline to run for mayor and council is one week from today—noon Friday, February 5.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Fraud case, so far, leads to one arrest

Two Georgia residents have been implicated in fraudulent financial transaction crimes last summer in Oconee County.  One of the two persons was arrested Wednesday in Spartanburg, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert for the second.  Auburn, Georgia resident Alexander Kenneth Abbott is accused of criminally receiving goods after a complaint that fraudulent charges were made August 5 […]

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