Water ‘peace’ talks possible

Water plays a vital role in economic development and the stakes are high when it comes to who sets the rules regarding quantity and quality.  State officials with sizable roles spoke yesterday at the Water Resources Conference in Columbia.  Bobby Hitt, state commerce secretary, said 37 of the 46 counties have inadequate water and sewer resources to attract high-paying businesses.  […]

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County zoning hearings tonight

Two hearings are scheduled tonight by the Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals. A special exception hearing takes place for a campground inside the Lake Residential District on Jefferson Road near West Union. And an appeal hearing of the staff decision on a Cane Creek Landing Road development will resume tonight. The board meets at 6 at Pine Street, and the […]

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Court OKs SC voter ID law for 2013

The U-S District Court for the District of Columbia gave its approval yesterday to a new law requiring South Carolina voters to present a government-issued identification card with a photo in order to vote. Under the order, the law goes into effect for elections held on or after January 1, 2013. According to the state Elections Commission, the new photo […]

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Kmart told to hold the video

An Oconee Common Pleas judge today ordered Kmart to preserve and safeguard any and all video recordings of an alleged recent incident at one of its stores. Judge Alex Macaulay, acting on a motion by attorney Paul Cain, ordered that the retail store ensure that the tapes are not erased or destroyed, as Cain pursues a case in which the […]

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More oversight needed

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges released “Trust, Accountability, and Integrity: Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics,” a report that calls for enhanced board oversight of college athletics. The report cautions that as intercollegiate athletics departments increasingly operate like businesses, boards must act to ensure an appropriate balance between athletics and academics in their institutions, or policy-makers or […]

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Voter ID effective next year

The S.C. Attorney General, Alan Wilson, said today the state’s voter ID law will take effect starting with elections next year, in 2013. Wilson reacted to a federal court ruling in the case South Carolina v. United States, the state’s voter ID case. Wilson released this statement: “Today’s ruling by the three judge panel is a major victory for South […]

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OMC patients not at risk from recalled steroid

The Oconee Medical Center director of pharmacy, Bill Stevenson, is confirming that the hospital did not receive any of the injectable steroid medication that is suspected to have caused multi-state outbreak of fungi meningitis. The medication in question is preservative-free methyl-prednisolone acetate prepared by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company has recalled three lots of the […]

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Crenshaw’s chief deputy

Mike Crenshaw alluded to it during last night’s forum in Seneca. And this morning he confirmed to 96.3/WGOG NEWS that he has selected an individual to serve as chief deputy should Crenshaw win next month’s election. At this time, however, Crenshaw is not publicly identifying the individual, nor any others that he is willing to offer jobs, to keep those […]

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A 5th Habitat home by Schneider

Schneider Electric of Seneca has committed to partner with Habitat for Humanity to finance and build a fifth house in the county. Representatives of both broke ground this week with the prospective homeowners on Jaymory Way in Seneca for a four bedroom, three-bath stick-built house for the home of Kevin Bradley, Nastasia Walker and son Nyterious Bradley. Kevin Bradley and […]

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Campaign trail continues tomorrow night

The Oconee political campaign trail returns Thursday night to Seneca and, also, extends down highway 59 to Fair Play community. At 7 Thursday night at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center, the men who aspire for Seats 1 and 2 in the South Carolina House of Representatives have been asked to take part in a forum sponsored by the League of Women […]

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