County leaders to retreat for planning

The leaders of Oconee and Pickens counties will engage in separate sessions to plan for the future. The Oconee County Council strategic planning retreat begins at 9 this morning at the county administrative offices, with an audit presentation by Scott Moulder, the county administrator. Moulder will also review 2012 and make a report to the people. The Pickens County Council […]

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OC gets outside help to stop phoned threats

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said the type of telephone bomb threats that plague Seneca and surrounding area this week is the kind of threats familiar to law enforcement, and he says local and area investigators are enlisting outside help to find the perpetrator. Crenshaw today said both the state police and the FBI are helping local law enforcement put a […]

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Childress to serve OC Planning

A manufacturing company engineer will serve Oconee County as a new member of the county planning commission. County Council last night approved the appointment of William “Bud” Childress to represent District Four. Childress was nominated by District Four councilman and council chair Joel Thrift, who said Childress, employed by Schneider Electric, is interested in giving something back to his community. […]

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Carson to address organic growing meet

Westminster resident Gaylene Carson will speak to the State Organic Growing Conference March 2 near Columbia. Her topic will be, “Diversyfying Your Farm Products.” Carson and her son, Billy, have diversified their farm products to include grass fed goat meat, cage-free eggs, honey, culinary herbs, plants, red wigglers, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

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Tech students fare well

Tri-County Tech students placed first in two categories during the S.C. Speech and Theater Association’s Annual College Festival Competition. Ten, two and four-year colleges competed last weekend at Tech’s Easley campus. Representing Tri-County were Matt Duncan, a university transfer student from Clemson; Manuel Manley, an information technology major from Pendleton; and Sohang Patel, a pre-pharmacy major from Anderson. Tri-County speech […]

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Soldier Addis back in the U-S-A

Army Sgt. 1st Class George Addis has returned stateside after overseas deployment at a forward operating base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name to anti-terrorism military operations involving U-S troops and partners. Addis is a signal supports system chief assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has […]

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Extracting itself from lawsuits

Court documents show Oconee County in the process of extracting itself from a pair of aeronautics-related lawsuits. At the Clerk of Court’s office, a formal order is anticipated to spell out the dismissal of the case of a North Carolina pilot who sued, alleging deer hit his Piper Mirage as it started to take-off from an Oconee Regional Airport runway. […]

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Library leaders visit OCC

Chairman Danny Day of the Oconee Library Board of Trustees vowed last night his board will end years of debate about where to build the Seneca replacement library and, once it does, will return to County Council with its hand out. “I know it is hard to find funds,” Day said.  And he said said the trustees are not just […]

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What Oconeeans say about bus service

A consultant last night highlighted to Oconee County Council what county residents are saying about the need to expand passenger bus service beyond the Seneca area. Ernie Boughman of the URS Company in Columbia said an updated survey, reflecting responses for a 25-questionnaire, will be ready for presentation by the end of March. Boughman said, so far, more than 300 […]

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First phase costs rise at Echo Hills

Oconee County councilmen are unhappy that the cost of first phase development at the Echo Hills industrial park on highway 11 is increasing by $100 thousand. At second reading last night, what had been a $2.5 million general obligation bond rose by $100 thousand. County Administrator Scott Moulder explained the added cost reflects the handling of the bonds to be […]

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