Guilty plea pleads to 10-year prison term

A plea entered today in the General Sessions Court will send a man near Seneca to prison for 10 years. According to Lindsey Simmons, deputy solicitor, Mickey Cox of Walter Morris Drive, Seneca pleaded guilty to 2 counts Trafficking in Methamphetamine 28-100 grams. One case was investigated by Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the other by Seneca Police Department.  Cox, […]

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Boil water advisory lifted

The City of Westminster Utility Department advises all residents and customers served by the Westminster, SC water distribution system in Oconee County that it is no longer advised to vigorously boil their water for at least (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking. The “Boil Water Advisory” previously issued on Monday April 22nd is hereby repealed. Areas affected included […]

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Internal review, not a forensic audit

What had been referred to as a forensic audit of Oconee County finances is now called something else. Amanda Brock, county administrator, says an “internal review” is underway by an outside company as the result of the discovery of unauthorized pay raises for county employees. The review began March 28 and, according to both Brock and county attorney David Root, […]

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Oconee’s Crenshaw at state sheriffs’ meeting

At a meeting of the South Carolina Sheriffs Association in Columbia, there is reaction today from the Oconee sheriff on the indictment of one of his colleagues. Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone was indicted on the public corruption charges. “It’s certainly concerning to all sheriffs that this bad light is cast upon us,” Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said before a […]

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Toss it to the shredder!

An Oconee bank will offer a chance to rid yourself of no longer needed personal and sensitive documents by tossing them into a shredder. The Seneca office of the Blue Ridge Bank has arranged for a mobile shred truck to set up in its parking lot at the Bountyland location in a free, community shred day 10 am to 1 […]

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Record high numbers of people at work

South Carolina reported a record high number of people gainfully employed in the month of March. Figures from the Department of Employment and Workforce showed the workforce jumped by an estimated 6,800 people—to a record of 2.2 million. Oconee County enjoyed a smaller jobless rate than that of both the state and federal averages. In Oconee County, the DEW counted […]

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An economic development win for Pickens County

IPSUM Technologies, a high-tech, advanced manufacturing company serving a variety of industries, announced plans yesterday to launch new production operations in Pickens County. The company’s $19.2 million investment is projected to create approximately 55 new jobs. IPSUM Technologies is an advanced manufacturing company focused on high-technology sectors, including aerospace, space, defense, pharmaceuticals and composites. On Cartee Road in Liberty, the […]

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Oconee’s membership in regional government group pays off

Members of Oconee County Council are talking about how a relatively small investment in a regional government service organization pays off in big dollars. The annual report of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments was delivered during this week’s council meeting by Steve Pellisier, A-COG executive director. Headquartered in Greenville, A-COG acts as a clearinghouse for state and federal […]

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Rotarians reward community organizations

The Seneca Rotary Club has identified organizations worthy of community grants from the club. The awards were made yesterday during a meeting at the Cross Creek Country Club. A 15-hundred dollar grant went to the Collins Children’s Home. One thousand dollar grants were awarded to Our Daily Rest, Grace’s Closet, Fostering Faithfully, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Foundation. Receiving $500 dollars […]

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