Blue Ridge’s Dalton to retire in January

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative President and CEO Charles Dalton has announced plans to retire in mid-January of next year.  Dalton is only the second person to hold the utility’s top job during its 77-year history.  His predecessor, the late A.J. “Jud” Hurt, had served in that position from the organization’s chartering in 1940 until his retirement in 1982.  When Dalton […]

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Westminster budget saved at the (near) final bell

Westminster will operate the next 12 months with four fewer police officers and two fewer fire fighters.  They are among what the city administrator, Chris Carter, concedes some of the draconian measures taken to adopt the city’s new budgets that kick in once the current government year expires after Friday. The city council in a 6 to 1 vote last […]

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For second year, no pay raises for county workforce

Eleven of 15 approved Oconee County job cuts have been accomplished, according to Emma Cammick, chairwoman of the county council.  And no one county department, she says, was singled out.  Cammick gave her views on the county’s new budgets that were accomplished without raising taxes and without pay raises.  She says she is not overly worried about the prospects that […]

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Oconee re-forms its Building Codes Department

The posting of a job availability in the Oconee Building Codes Department is a sign that the county is attempting to re-build the department as the result of the recent thinning out of the payroll.  The county is seeking a new building inspector and is offering a salary range of between $44,000 and $60,000 a year.  In the opinion of […]

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Clemson student receives fellowship in Paris

Yunhui Peng, a doctoral student in Clemson University College of Science’s department of physics and astronomy, was recently awarded a 2017 Chateaubriand Fellowship by the Embassy of France in the United States. Starting in fall 2017, Peng will travel to Paris Diderot University for a nine-month fellowship to advance his studies of disease-causing mutations. Peng, who originally is from China, is a […]

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Public to have say tonite on new Seneca budgets

A small tax increase is part of the plan for Seneca’s new city budgets.  And tonight the public has a chance to comment and ask questions about how Seneca will finance the spending of nearly $42 million dollars—for all purposes—during 2017-18.  The property tax rate is now 60.5.  The plan is to raise the millage by 1.2.  The annual Seneca […]

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Here’s a correction

Here’s a correction to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office announcement yesterday of the arrest of a Walhalla woman as the result of a home burglary on the Campbell Town Road.  The Sheriff’s Office listed the charges against Caitlynn Denise Diminovich as burglary first degree and grand larceny.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, Diminovich was charged with petty larceny, not grand larceny.

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