Judge: “This case has resolved itself”

Two Walhalla neighbors saw their city court case resolve itself when Municipal Judge Jim Williams instructed a police officer there shall be no further prosecution of a citation issued to Dogwood Drive resident Scott Smith.  The police issued a citation charging Smith May 16 with failing to prevent his German Shepard from running at large.  Smith later surrendered the dog […]

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Ginger Runner Lewis

Salem, SC — Ginger Runner Lewis, 70, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016, in her sleep with her husband, Howard Lewis, by her side.  They resided at 138 Howgin Hollar Dr. in Salem, South Carolina. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Salem United Methodist Church, 520 Church Street, Salem, SC, with reception […]

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Jim Fitzgerald

Seneca – James “Jim” Newton Fitzgerald, Jr., 82, husband of Gladys Ridley Fitzgerald, passed away Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at the Cottingham Hospice House. A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, September 11, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home. Burial will […]

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Re-cycling revenues for conservation expenses?

  The board governing Oconee’s Conservation Bank, according to its chairman, is stymied by the lack of funds with which to pay landowners willing to place their properties into conservation protection.  Shea Airey, the chairman, proposed last night that County Council designate a portion of the revenues the county earns from re-cycling.  Airey says he believes the county’s conservationists would […]

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Preliminary OK for Tokeena-Dairy Farm re-zoning

Four of six public speakers at last night’s meeting of Oconee County Council registered their support last night for the re-zoning of about 7,200 acres in the Fair Play area.  And the council responded by giving first reading to an ordinance to designate an agriculture district zone for 177 parcels, known as the Tokeena-Dairy Farm properties.  The issue is now […]

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Oconee public schools lose 103 students

The first-year charter school in Salem apparently has cost the Oconee public schools approximately 100 students.  Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent of operations, last night gave the figure of 103 students as the district’s calculation of how many students chose the NEXT School at Eagle Ridge in place of staying with one of the public schools.  At last report, the NEXT […]

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Council opts for same tax rate

Oconee County’s tax rate for 2016 will remain the same as it was last year.  The council last night considered its options, as outlined by acting auditor Christy Hubbard.  Those options included dropping the tax rate by one mill.  The school district will benefit in the amount of an extra $735 thousand dollars from a new Duke Energy assessment.  In […]

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James Edward Turner

Seneca, SC— James Edward Turner, 80, husband of Patricia Sanders Turner of 1209 Davis Mill Road, Seneca, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 8, 2016, at St. Mark United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM, Thursday, September 8, 2016, at […]

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