Senator Graham Issues Statement Regarding Shutdown and Wall/Border Security Funding

(Seneca, SC)———————————-U.S. Senator and Seneca native Lindsey Graham issued a statement yesterday regarding the government shutdown and funding for a proposed border wall and security. Senator Graham said “Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier — even if the government were to be reopened–virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier. It’s time […]

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WALHALLA TO BREAK GROUND JANUARY 28

January 9, 2019 Dick Mangrum Monday, January 28 will be a red-letter day for Walhalla. The city will break ground for its new water treatment plant near Lake Keowee. Everyone is invited for the ceremony to take place at noon at the Old Walhalla Highway and Melton Road. At the request of Mayor Danny Edwards, former mayors and council members […]

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SEAN BRINSON NAMED WALHALLA POLICE CHIEF

January 9, 2019 Dick Mangrum A young Walhalla police lieutenant is the city’s new police chief. After a closed-door meeting, the city council chose Sean Brinson to fill the job vacated on the resignation last year of Ronald Wilbanks. It appears Brinson was a late entry into a field of what amounted to twenty applicants for the position. Councilman Tjay […]

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NEW COUNCIL MAJORITY ASSERTS ITSELF

A new three-member majority of the Oconee County Council took shape Tuesday, with the opening moves seemingly aimed at isolating the other two members. Julian Davis was elected the new Council chairman on Tuesday with three votes, his own and that of District 3 Councilmember Paul Cain and District 1 Councilmember John Elliot, who was sworn in Tuesday to replace […]

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BROCK NAMED INTERIM COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

January 9, 2019 Dick Mangrum Amanda Brock, longtime executive assistant in the county administrator’s office, will be the new interim county administrator for the foreseeable future. After an executive session of nearly an hour on Tuesday, the County Council unanimously approved Brock for the position. Brock will replace Rick Martin, who has served as interim administrator since the resignation of […]

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UPDATE: SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT

January 8, 2019 Dick Mangrum No students are reported injured in a late afternoon school bus accident near Seneca. The accident is believed to have involved a bus and a motorcycle on Wells Highway in the vicinity of Utica Baptist Church. Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, says 12 students were on the bus. Some were picked up the scene by private […]

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UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FOR PIONEER RURAL WATER

January 8, 2019 Dick Mangrum The project to build Pioneer Rural Water’s 2.5 MGD treatment plant is close to the finish line, but the water district’s outside consultant says he can’t say exactly when it will be finished and when it will produce water for the first time. Complicating the situation, according to Design South’s Donald Phillips, is the federal […]

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SATURDAY PARADE WILL HONOR THE CHAMPS

January 8, 2019 Dick Mangrum Clemson has announced the parade to honor the football champs will be 9 o’clock Saturday morning, starting at College Avenue and Keith Street, turning right onto 93, and eventually making its way to the stadium. The parade lineup will be players, coaches, administrators, invited guests, Tiger Band, cheerleaders, Rally Cats, and mascots. For fans who […]

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTS YMCA CONSTRUCTION

January 8, 2019 Dick Mangrum Construction of Oconee County’s YMCA is on hold as long as the federal government shutdown continues. That statement today from Christle Ross, the Y’s executive director. The campaign for the county’s first YMCA has the land, an architect, a builder, and a large federal loan. But until Washington reaches agreement to get the government back […]

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BUSINESS FORUM TAKES PLACE THURSDAY

January 8, 2019 Dick Mangrum The January business forum, conducted by the Oconee Economic Alliance, takes place at 8 o’clock Thursday morning at Thrift Development near Seneca. Janet Hartman, interim director, says, “To close out one year and kick off another the Oconee Economic Alliance will present our 2018 annual report.” The Economic Alliance Business Forum is a monthly opportunity […]

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