Plant appeals DHEC decision

The appeal by an Oconee industry of a sewer discharge change goes before the board of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. At its Columbia meeting this morning, the board is to consider Greenfield Industries’ appeal of a DHEC staff decision applying stricter federal standards to the finished metals that Greenfield discharges into the collector system of the […]

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Sewer overflow in Clemson

For about two hours yesterday afternoon, sewer overflowed near Clemson’s 328 Woodland Way. The city of Clemson reports the overflow was about one thousand gallons or less due to a sewer main blocked by grease. A utilities crew responded, but the overflow reached an un-named creek. The creek passes through the vicinity of Woodland Way, Riggs Drive, Poole Lane, Strode […]

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No municipal swim pool this summer

For at least this summer, Westminster will get out of the public swimming pool service. The decision to not open for the summer of 2013 was taken last night during a special city council meeting. City Administrator David Smith said the issue was resolved during a discussion of recreation priorities, and it was based on two factors. One is the […]

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Tier 4 triggered

The extension by Congress of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program means federal unemployment will continue for thousands of South Carolinians. However, because of the recent continued decline in the state’s unemployment rate, South Carolina has triggered off Tier 4. According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, it means those Tier 3 claimants, who exhaust Tier 3 either on or […]

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Arrest in gun theft

Gun theft charges have been pinned on a 43-year old Oconee County man. Sheriff’s officers early Tuesday arrested Joey Liston Smith of Beverly Road, Salem on charges of larceny and burglary first degree. The officers acted on a complaint that four guns were taken late last year from an address near Salem, on Bennettsville Road. Reported stolen were .12-gauge shotgun, […]

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“Unsafe environment…”

After last week’s meth bust, a sign has been placed at 2 Keowee Street in Walhalla stating, “Unsafe environment to be in.” Announcement of the sign placed at the home by the city’s building codes officer was made during last night’s meeting of the city council. Four people were arrested there. Councilman Tjay Bagwell introduced the idea of fining landlords […]

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OCC 2013 reorganization

For the next year, there’ll be no change in Oconee County Council offices and committees. Joel Thrift returns as chairman; Paul Corbeil, as vice-chairman; and Wayne McCall, as chairman pro-tem. At its first meeting of the New Year, the council received a 120-page strategic plan for economic development. The report, by a New Hampshire company, is to serve as a […]

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Walhalla leaders react to Seneca request

A report by the utilities superintendent, a day after being elected chair of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority, was one of the top matters before the mayor and council, at their regular meeting of department committees. Scott Parris wanted to let the elected leaders know that neighboring Seneca seeks additional seats on the JRSA. Utilities chairman Josh Holliday and Mayor […]

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