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The best part of waking up is Willie!
February 3, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
The best part of waking up is Willie! | Test

Willie, 00I have not decided if I enjoy Folgers in my cup or Willie best. God bless you for a great job! There is a problem in our community where we live — it is gossip! My word, I never thought this would be a problem I would be writing about. We moved our family to what we thought was an upscale neighborhood thinking this was one of the best places in the area for our family.

Reader: SC roadways are trashy
February 2, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment

The trash along our roadways is appalling. How can South Carolina tout tourism when our littered highways detract from the beauty of our state? My question is this. The fine for littering in Oconee County is $1,000. In the last five years, has anyone ever been fined? In those areas not sponsored by organizations/individuals, who picks the trash up and with what frequency?

Kudos to Seneca theater’s new owners
February 1, 2012 – 1:00 am | 4 Comments
Kudos to Seneca theater’s new owners | Test

This is a shout out to the new owners group at Seneca’s only movie theater. We have been impressed with the improvement. The theater is clean, the seats comfortable, the sound system fine and the employees are polite and accommodating. The film selection seems better. After years of disappointment, we’re delighted with this change for the better. Congratulations and thanks!

Drawbacks to having open primary
January 31, 2012 – 1:00 am | 6 Comments
Drawbacks to having open primary | Test

I wonder why there was no mention by the big time media of our South Carolina primary being an open one. I think many Democrats with brain matter seized it as an opportunity to choose an opponent that Obama can best in November. What fun for them, but not a clear picture of the real choice of the Republican faithful. Of that, we’ll never know.

Don’t be an animal at sports games!
January 28, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Don’t be an animal at sports games! | Test

Wow, I have been to many rec facilities in my lifetime, but never have I witnessed what I saw and heard Tuesday evening. First, I’d like to say that all the players demonstrated good sportsmanship. It was a good close game with respectful competition. I can’t say as much for the parents in attendance.

Winter Formal cancelled again
January 27, 2012 – 1:00 am | One Comment
Winter Formal cancelled again | Test

Seneca High School’s Winter Formal was scheduled for this upcoming Saturday. Student Government put in a lot of work to prepare for it by selling tickets, advertising, etc. However our principal, Mr. Roberts, decided to cancel it. Why, you might ask? Because he only had 120 people buy tickets and he supposedly needed 150 sold.

Readers weigh in on Bell Gallery
January 26, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Readers weigh in on Bell Gallery | Test

Ms. Louise Bell has done so much for the city of Seneca as its historian and because of her love of the city. Now her exhibit has been boxed up and removed from City Hall! Perhaps this happened by mistake, but someone should restore the exhibit in its rightful place and, first and foremost, apologize to Ms. Bell.

Great people in Oconee County
January 25, 2012 – 1:00 am | 2 Comments

I would like to send out a thank you and a tip of the hat to the kind gentleman in the white pickup truck who stopped on Tugaloo Heights Road Thursday morning. My husband and I picked up litter on a stretch of this road, filling several garbage bags. This gentleman offered to take them to the dump for us.

Polish couple speaks up
January 24, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Polish couple speaks up | Test

This letter is on behalf of the “Polish couple,” Andre and Krystyna Trzaskowski, who lost their home to fire on Jan. 5. This should also put an end to the controversy. “We are very happy to be Polish and happy that so many neighbors know us as the Polish couple.

Reader misses longtime columnist
January 21, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Reader misses longtime columnist | Test

It’s me again! Just wanted to say I read your column every day and still enjoy it so much. I want to wish you a great new year and hope you had a great Christmas with your family and friends. Getting together with family is great, isn’t it? As I get older and I mean older, I appreciate family and friends so much and look forward to seeing every one. Willie, I miss Mr. Gambrell so much.

Pay those taxes!
January 20, 2012 – 1:00 am | One Comment
Pay those taxes! | Test

I was wondering when Oconee County is going to stop following suit with the big city trend of taking money out of their residents’ pockets in these tough economic times with higher taxes. Already frustrated from having to pay an unfairly accessed property tax, I was charged a $5.75 “convenience” fee for online payment.

All fired up about mo-peds
January 19, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
All fired up about mo-peds | Test

In the continuing saga of mo-peds on our highways, on the night of Jan. 13, I was going south on Wells Highway at about 40 mph when not more than 25 feet in front of me I saw a mo-ped doing about 10 mph with no headlight, no taillight and no reflective devices.

Reader thinks Oconee roads are the pits
January 18, 2012 – 1:00 am | No Comment
Reader thinks Oconee roads are the pits | Test

Oconee County has to have the worst roads in the South. Georgia, Florida and North Carolina are always working on theirs. Why can’t our roads be improved? Willie says: Plenty of people would like to know that.

Willie’s not runnin’ for president
January 17, 2012 – 1:00 am | 4 Comments
Willie’s not runnin’ for president | Test

Dr. Ron Paul promises to accept a presidential salary of $39,336 — the median income of the average American, while Barack Obama earns $500,000 annually. Will Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or Obama make this same promise?