RCI’s role with Oconee on “as needed basis”

After an Oconee County Council executive session this week, a Spartanburg company has more defined role with the county’s building codes department.  Scott Moulder, county administrator, describes RCI of Pacolet’s role on an “as needed basis.”  He said, “We are not contracting with them for full inspection services anymore.  They will perform commercial plan review and inspections”  He used a […]

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AT&T donation to Tech program

AT&T awarded Tri-County Technical College $7,500 to support the Connect to College program.  Terrance Ford, regional director of external affairs for Upstate AT&T, presents the check to Grayson Kelly, executive director of the College Foundation.  The Connect to College program has evolved to meet the needs of area students by offering academically capable youth between 17 and 20 the chance […]

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Herman Holbrooks

Walhalla – Herman Lee Holbrooks, 71, widower of the late Juanita Turner Holbrooks, 232 Ashley Drive, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 3 PM, Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Souls Harbor Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Toxaway Baptist Church Cemetery. A family gathering will be 6-8 pm, Saturday, July 22, […]

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Oconee jobless rate jumps to 4.4%

The state’s unemployment rate fell slightly between May and June.  At the same time, the rate for Oconee rose eight-tenths of a percentage point.  South Carolina unemployment is now 4%–while Oconee went from 3.6% in May to 4.4% in June.  Good news is that out of a workforce of nearly 35,000 people, nearly 33,500 are gainfully employed.  The 4.4% rate […]

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Potential email security breach

A potential security breach involving email has been discovered at Southern Wesleyan University in Central.  Southern Wesleyan administrators are investigating what’s described as “inadvertent emails” sent by the book vendor to students.  According to a notification to students from Dr. Tonya Strickland, university provost, those emails may have contained student identification information.  Students were told to delete the email and […]

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Hopes for community center outlined during forum

An estimated 30-40 people took part in last night’s forum in Seneca on a project to consider establishing a community center at the former Code Elementary School.  Years ago the campus served as a junior high school and, at one time, a black high school during the era of school segregation.  Curtis White Sr. of the Blue Ridge Community Center […]

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You think it’s hot this week?

Those who work outdoors or in poorly ventilated places inside are lamenting the mid 90 temperatures that have greeted us during the last full week of July.  But we only have to go back to July of last year to remember what hot is really like. A check of the official records kept by U-S Weather Observer Barbara Wilson in […]

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Three Oconeeans face drug charges

Three Oconeeans were in jail yesterday facing drug charges after deputies went to Peachtree Lane near Westminster to look for a person of interest.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, arrested were Steven Gil Wilson, Bob Everett Welborn, and Brittney Nicole Varner.  Deputies went to a camper on the property and say they saw one person run and heard others inside […]

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Old Georgia Road remains closed

Old Georgia Road near SC 183/the Walhalla-Westminster Highway, will remain closed today as Oconee County crews continue asphalt repairs.  According to the county Roads and Bridges Department, local residents will be able to access their homes with minimal delay.  Every effort is being made to minimize inconvenience and re-open the road as soon as possible.

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Sentence ordered to settle indecent exposure case

A $500 dollar fine and credit for serving two days in jail settles the case of a man charged with indecent exposure on Lake Keowee.  Judge Scott Sprouse in the Oconee General Sessions Court handed down the sentence today in the Oconee General Sessions Court to Larry Ownbey who was charged in 2015 by the South Carolina DNR.  Assistant Solicitor […]

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