Winners announced in Seneca Lions poster contest

Judges chose a student at Seneca Middle School, Nadia Sanchez, as the overall winner of an international peace poster contest, sponsored by the Seneca Lions Club.  Nadia and the other contestantants were asked to draw a poster on the theme of “A Celebration of Peace.” She wins an outfit donated by Belk’s and tomorrow, along with her family, she’ll be […]

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Two million Carolinians to travel this Thanksgiving

The motor club AAA Carolinas projects that two million Carolinians will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving.  The projection breaks down to 1.4 million North Carolinians and 670 thousand South Carolinians.  The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday to Sunday.  This year’s projected increase of 1.9% is spurred by improvements in the economy, including rising wages, […]

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“C” funds for two Fair Play road projects

Oconee’s three-member state “C” Fund Committee authorized funding on Friday to improve two Fair Play roads which feed into Interstate 85.  The vote approves funds for work on both SC 59 and 243.  One committee member, however, said he thought at least three other heavier traveled state roads in the county were in worse shape and more deserving.  Dick Cottingham […]

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Request to Pinnacle Mountain fire evacuees

Until at least the noon hour today, Pinnacle Mountain evacuees are requested to stay out of the area.  The request, thru Pickens County Emergency Management, applies to evacuees from Back Park Road, Country Creek Drive and the west side of South Saluda Road. “We understand the significance of prolonged evacuation and its inconvenience but this decision is always made in the […]

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Visibility better near the Pinnacle Mountain fire

Fire fighters and related personnel are noticing better visibility today near the Pickens County Pinnacle mountain fire.  But the toll there is increasing–now at 5,095 acres.  Crews are taking hand tools to clear areas at the edge of the fire, turning over smoldering logs to allow the spraying of water from ATVs to cool off what is smoldering, according to […]

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Oconee jobless rate falls to 4.5%

Unemployment in the county, the state, and the country is spiraling downward.  In the report for October, the Oconee jobless rate fell to 4.5%, from September 4.9%.  At 4.5%, Oconee’s rate is lower than both those of the state (4/7%) and the U-S (4.9%.) Oconee’s workforce in October was pegged at 35,371.  All but 1,594 were reported to be gainfully […]

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State funds for Oconee road projects

The Oconee state “C” Fund Committee approved an Oconee County road department request today to provide funds for 11 projects across the county.  The work will range from simple overlay to road widening to road construction.  To be funded are projects on Lepcrechaun Lane, Robinhood Drive, Charter Oak, Henry Avenue, Beaty Creek Court, Spruce Drive, E. Camelia Lane, Island Pine […]

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Road projects to accommodate Zaxby’s plans

  The state’s “C” Fund Committee for Oconee County approved up to $80 thousand for a deceleration lane and cross-over for a restaurant chain that has plans to locate in Walhalla.  The project funding approved this morning in a 2 to 1 vote separated “C” Fund Chairman Sam Dickson and Tally Grant from a third committee member, Dick Cottingham.  Grant […]

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