Restaurant closes suddenly

An Oconee County eatery has closed.  Paws Restaurant on 123, the Seneca-Clemson Corridor, in a post to customers and friends, said, “It is with devastated heart that we announce that at 3:00pm today we will close indefinitely.  We thank you for almost 26 years of friendship and support.  This was a sudden decision and saddens us as much as you….”

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Day two in the Ellenburg Road property trial

The plaintiff continued today calling witnesses in its case in Ratliff v. Oconee County, in the second day of a civil trial whose origins date back to a board of zoning appeals’ decision.  One source has predicted to 101.7/WGOG NEWS that the trial will take three days.  And, just before the lunch break, attorney David Paavola told Judge McIntosh his […]

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Oconee’s primary election results certified

The results of primary election day voting in Oconee are now certified, by action this morning of the county board of canvassers.  This, after the board added a total of 13 votes to Tuesday’s unofficial count – both failsafe and provisional ballots.  Kristi Burr, county elections director, recommended the 13 additional ballots be considered after an evaluation of the circumstances […]

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Infant mortality rate drops

An annual report by South Carolina DHEC shows overall improvements in outcomes for infants in the first year of life.  The state’s infant mortality rate in 2022 dropped nearly 7%, compared to the previous year.  In ’22, South Carolina counted 392 infant deaths during the first year of life — nine of those were Oconee infants.  For the year 2022, […]

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Division within Westminster government

Last night in Westminster, a 4 to 3 vote decided that the mayor and the council may enroll in the state’s health insurance plan for employees – in spite of warnings about the high cost to the city’s budget and a cry that many Westminster senior citizens are struggling just to get by.  A vote cast by Councilwoman Audrey Reese […]

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A second, new urgent care center

A former restaurant near Seneca is to be converted to an urgent care facility, according to an Oconee County permit.  It’s the former Fatz restaurant on the Sandifer Boulevard.  There’s a deed lease recorded in the Registry of Deeds’ office at Walhalla that details a 10-year lease for the building between Prisma Health Urgent Care and the building owner, Thrift […]

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