Oconee sees slight jump in unemployment filings

May 29, 2020

By Riley Morningstar The Journal SENECA — Another 340 Oconee County residents filed their first unemployment claims last week, as more than 40 million Americans have lost their job since the COVID-19 pandemic began. More than 7,000 claims have been filed in Oconee County since the week ending March 21, according to the S.C. Department […]

Seneca Light and Water to reinstate penalties

The Journal staff SENECA — Seneca Light and Water is beginning a two-step process to reinstate normal customer late fees and non-payment penalties. Late fees and disconnections for non-payment have been waived since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also has helped those affected by the EF3 tornado that rocked the community April 13. […]

Westminster budget keeps meter fee to try to increase police protection

By Riley Morningstar The Journal WESTMINSTER — Westminster has voted to keep its monthly utility meter fee to beef up its depleted police force and fund water projects after its latest budget meeting. In 2015, Westminster instituted a $7 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) fee to be added to all metered customers’ monthly bills for five […]

Clemson may temporarily suspend rental inspections

By Greg Oliver The Journal CLEMSON — A plan to temporarily suspend annual inspections of properties in the city of Clemson’s rental housing program was unanimously approved by city council on first reading earlier this week. Councilman Fran McGuire told council earlier this month that he received a request from a resident to skip rental […]

Small signs of summer

  As the result of always working one day ahead in the newspaper business, I could rarely keep my days in order back in February. Most of our council and board meetings are held online, negating the regular trips I used to make to Walhalla. Those were most certainly Tuesday nights, which gave me a […]

A tornado of help

May 28, 2020

Julia Jones needed a new roof on her house. The April 13 tornado that tore through Seneca did thousands of dollars of damage, but her insurance company only offered $3,000 for a roof replacement the contractor said would cost twice as much. That’s when city firefighters put Jones in touch with the Seneca Tornado Relief […]

We aren’t just Seneca strong, we are Oconee Strong!

Willie, It’s great the way Oconee County has come together during this crisis and is still Seneca Strong, but it should be Oconee Strong. Oconee has really come together and rallied around to help the disaster victims. We thank you so much for listening and for everything that you do. Willie says: I couldn’t be […]

New American Legion commander sworn in

Special to The Journal Sen. Thomas Alexander, past commander of the South Carolina American Legion, John Palmer, Rick Gibson and Walhalla Post Commander George Dunagan stand together after Gibson was sworn in as the new district commander.   The Journal staff WALHALLA — The Walhalla American Legion Post has sworn in a new district commander […]