Not on today’s ballot, but always serving us

June 9, 2020

The members of Oconee County’s legislative delegation have worked hard for us … and we appreciate the effort.   Bill Sandifer has been at the center of a lot of storms that have affected our lives. Two days after a tornado tore through Seneca in April, Sandifer had S.C. Department of Insurance director Ray Farmer here […]

The Journal’s picks

June 6, 2020

Oconee County Council District 2 Matthew Durham v. Josh Roberts Josh Roberts is a teacher and an experienced public servant who will work hard for the residents of District 2; we strongly endorse Roberts in Tuesday’s primary. At the age of 26, Roberts was the mayor of West Union — the youngest mayor in South […]

George Floyd comes to Seneca

June 2, 2020

George Floyd, whose death in police custody a week ago touched off protests around the country, finally arrived in Oconee County on Monday. Floyd has no connection to this community that we know of. But on a hot afternoon in front of Seneca City Hall, about 75 people showed up to peacefully protest his death. […]

Neighbors are helping neighbors

May 30, 2020

Today, The Journal begins taking a closer look at the local companies that have signed up for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a program that merges community donations and matching grants from the newspaper to assist local businesses. Over the next few days, we’ll take a closer look at the growing number of local businesses that have […]

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 […]

What other choice is there?

May 27, 2020

The financial echoes of the April 13 EF3 tornado that damaged southern Seneca are now being felt on North 1st Street, where two big downtown redevelopment projects have stalled. “They’re both going to be put on hold at this point in time until we can get a better grasp of our budget and cash flows,” […]

A happier holiday

May 23, 2020

Before every holiday, AAA offers safe driving tips and traffic projections — and this year has been no different. “With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low,” predicted AAA Travel senior vice president Paula Twidale. That makes a lot of sense. People may want […]

Joining the cause

May 22, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors picked up more support this week when Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation, an advocate for business development in Oconee County, donated $5,000 to the growing program. “I thought it was a very innovative approach,” TCEDC chairman Dave Eldridge said. “I see it as a way to help the newspaper do a great thing […]