Deputy finishes basic training

An Oconee deputy sheriff finished the basic law enforcement program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Last week’s graduate, Kody Klepper, has been assigned to the uniform patrol division.  He graduated from West-Oak High School.  Klepper also enlisted in the South Carolina National Guard and is assigned to the Maintenance Detachment 2-263rd Air Defense Artillery.

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Clarence Campbell

    Seneca – Clarence Campbell, 68, husband of Kathleen Campbell, 110 Field Village Drive 104A, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 at his residence. A graveside service will be held 2 pm, Friday, June 3, 2016 at Old Hepsibah Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family at: 106 Andrews Street, Greenville, SC […]

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Governor wants Sheriffs to do more

Mike Crenshaw is one of South Carolina’s 46 county sheriffs to take the pledge.  The first-term sheriff is signifying his support—and that of his office—to Governor Nikki Haley’s quest to turn the tables on domestic violence.  Haley has created a statewide task force, with the end goal of turning the state’s counties into safe places for women who, for the […]

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Political forum for Council 4 and 5 candidates

Candidates are invited to Westminster next week for a political forum.  This is an event for the men and women running this year for Seats 4 and 5 on the Oconee County Council.  The forum will take place 6:30 Thursday night, June 9 at the Westminster Music Hall, and everyone is invited.   If you have questions for the candidates, you […]

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Start of construction not quite yet

Land clearing and actual construction inside Oconee’s Information and Technology Park will not take place quite yet.  This was supposed to be the day that the contractor for two new manufacturing plants would start.  But Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance says there’s the matter of a land disturbance permit, a requirement of the state.  “Once in hand, should […]

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Seneca High ready for Saturday graduation

At their football field Saturday, the 177 members of this year’s senior class at Seneca High School will receive diplomas and depart for post-high school education and, in some cases, straight to the workforce or the job line.  The school has announced that Matthew Suffern (left) is this year’s valedictorian; Nathan Curtis Arey (right) is the salutatorian.  This year’s class […]

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Municipal judge office could be budget casualty

The future of the office of municipal judge in Seneca could be endangered during the city’s next budget.  Greg Dietterick, city administratior, announced at last night’s budget work meeting that two factors are driving him to consider recommending the dissolution of the office, headed by Judge Danny Singleton.  One is a new state requirement that municipalities begin funding costs for […]

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Political season picks up in Seneca

The 2016 political season picked up last night in Seneca with a League of Women Voters’ forum that brought together the candidates for Seats 2, 4 and 5 on the Oconee County Council. The takeaway from last night is that council candidates want Oconee to move forward, but there is disagreement on how to preserve its natural resources.   Last night’s […]

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Seneca reconsiders budget numbers

Seneca’s elected leaders want general city workers to share in pay raises—not just their police officers.  The city administrator left last night’s workshop meeting with a city council consensus that there should be adjustment in the budget figures that were tentatively approved last month in a 5-4 vote.  One of those who voted no then, Dana Moore, said he was […]

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Seneca standoff ends peaceably

Hours after it began, a standoff in Seneca ended without incident.  According to Police Chief John Covington, it was a peaceable end to a situation that started in the early morning hours at the Fair Oaks Village apartments.  There, a shot was fired as the police investigated a domestic call at the Lindsay Road complex.  No one was hurt.  It […]

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