West-Oak band to compete in state championships

The West-Oak High School Band, directed by Andrew Young, will compete at 1:30 this Saturday afternoon in the state 2-A championships at Spring Valley High School near Columbia. This past weekend the West-Oak band placed fourth out of 17 in the upper 2-A finals held at Boiling Springs High School. All West-Oak supporters are encouraged to support their band this […]

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Higher gas pump tax bearing road work results

The two-cent increase each year on South Carolina’s gas tax has begun to create a pool of money which with which the state is attacking its long list of road maintenance work. And to the Oconee-Pickens Senator Thomas Alexander it’s a sign the plan is working. Alexander refers to the announcement from the state DOT that as many as 18 […]

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Tree clearing–a sign the “Y” is on the way

Trees have been cleared next door to the ambulance headquarters on the grounds of the Oconee Memorial Hospital. It’s a sign that construction is imminent on a 31,000 square foot YMCA, and today there will be a ground breaking ceremony there at 4:30. Everyone is invited. First phase of Oconee’s first YMCA is to include an indoor pool, fitness center, […]

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Helen Louise Ekhardt Hanrahan

Seneca, SC — Helen Louise Ekhardt Hanrahan, 98, wife of the late Thomas Francis Hanrahan, of 515 Benton Street, Seneca, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be […]

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6,000 square foot expansion ahead for Voke Re-hab

The building near Seneca that houses state Vocational Rehabilitation services for Oconee and Pickens counties will stretch out next year by 6,000 square feet. At an employer luncheon today, area supervisor Shelia Ford announced that a groundbreaking for the expansion project will be held in the spring. Dan Alexander, business development specialist, says the expansion is recognition of the increasing […]

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DOT: 18 Oconee road projects on the 2019 work list

Without a doubt, one of the more common sights in Oconee County next year will be that of state contractors addressing the need to smooth out several of the county’s worst roads, streets, and highways. Alan Adams, DOT resident construction engineer, needed more than three minutes this morning to list all of the projects made possible by increased funding, much […]

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Santa and cruise-in headline Salem event

The calendar may read mid to late October, but it’s not too early for the Jolly ‘Ol Man to make an appearance in the small Oconee town of Salem. That’s right, Santa Claus himself will visit Salem tomorrow for pictures and to listen to what kids have on their list for Christmas. The town’s Marti Jennings says parents who bring […]

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Lawmakers want better understanding of water resources

South Carolina lawmakers stressed to a gathering of water experts yesterday the importance of continuing to develop better understanding of the state’s water resources to meet the demands of a growing population and manage the impact of increasingly frequent extreme weather events. State Senator Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw, Senator Danny Verdin of Laurens, Rep. Davey Hiott of Pickens, and Rep. […]

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