Sheriff’s substation to open in Long Creek

Deputy sheriffs will have a greater presence in an area in far northwest Oconee County with the opening Sunday of a new Sheriff’s Office substation.  An open house will mark the event from 2 to 5 pm.  The substation is next door to the Long Creek General Store on Highway 76.  The project squares with the mission statement of Sheriff […]

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Clerk-Treasurer vacancy in Salem

Town Hall workers in Salem are pitching in to take up the slack in the vacant office of clerk-treasurer.  Mayor Dianne Head confirmed this morning that Kim Alexander is no longer town clerk-treasurer, as the result of a special meeting Monday night.  Head declined to talk about specifics of the matter, saying it’s a personnel matter.  As yet, Salem has […]

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Summer vacation tips to secure your home and property

With schools out for the summer and with the start of the traditional summer vacation season, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is offering these vacation safety tips for those who will be traveling in order to protect their homes and property while away. “While no one, not even a law enforcement agency, can ever guarantee with 100% certainty that they […]

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Workshop fails to resolve budget dilemma

  Westminster today is still trying to dig itself out of a $500 thousand dollar hole projected for the next budget year.  A City Hall workshop last night failed to resolve the difference between what Westminster expects to receive in revenues next year and what it expects to spend.  Mayor Brian Ramey this morning said, “Still digging.  Meeting again on […]

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Brian Ramey salutes county leaders

Westminster Mayor Brian Ramey is a home builder who has appreciation for the way county officials handled themselves on the firing line yesterday.  Ramey says, “County Council and Scott Moulder should be commended for having their Town Hall and giving local contractors a voice.  It shows that our Council and Administrator care about the concerns of the people of Oconee […]

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Communication and consistency are key, builders say

  Communication and consistency were words heard over again yesterday afternoon when Oconee County Council held a listening session with many of the county’s builders.  Council members, such as Paul Cain, said county leaders benefit greatly when they hear directly from those affected by policy.  Cain said the message is clear to him.  He said “I think we need to […]

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Fix it and leave it alone,” council is told

  The over-riding message left with Oconee County Council is for the county to re-enforce its building codes department and to resist out-sourcing the work to a third party.  Taking a cue from builder Doug Lecroy, most in the packed audience stood in opposition yesterday to a proposal that the county hire a Spartanburg County company as a permanent replacement […]

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Seneca By-Pass ramp to be closed temporarily

The contractor Thrift Development has announced the temporary closing of one ramp off Seneca’s 123 By-Pass for roadwork.  The Clemson-bound ramp off 123 that takes motorists to Northside Elementary will be closed during work hours beginning Thursday, June 8th and will be closed intermittently for the next two weeks through June 23rd.  The contractor will not be working at night. […]

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Oconee’s drought status improves to “normal”

The good amount of rain since April led the state Drought Response Committee to talk today about the overall improved conditions.  Oconee, Anderson and Pickens were previously in severe drought status; they are now downgraded to normal.  All counties in the state are now at either normal drought status or incipient.  Dennis Chastain, drought committee member from this region, said, […]

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Jeremiah E. Turbeville Sr.

Jeremiah Eugene Turbeville Sr. died Sunday at Catawba Regional Hospitce in Newton, North Carolina.  He was a Walhalla native, the husband of Jane Parsons Turbeville,  and the owner/operator of the Office Machine Center in Seneca.  A memorial service will be 2 pm Friday at Seneca Baptist Church; the family receives friends after the service.  Memorials may be made to Seneca […]

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