Improving the borrower’s financial literacy

Senators Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, and Joe Donnelly, Indiana Democrat, have introduced a measure to raise the financial literacy of college students to ensure that student borrowers have access to the best tools and information to make responsible decisions. It’s called the Empowering Student Borrowers Act. A study released last year found that about one-half of college freshmen in […]

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You could be the next Barbara Wilson!

At the request of the South Carolina DNR, Friends of Lake Keowee is recruiting nature-minded individuals to take part in an effort to collect and report rainfall data. It’s important for weather forecasters to have reliable information on rain. Those interested are being asked to measure for the country-wide organization Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, sponsored by the […]

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Seneca school captures contest

Seneca’s Northside Elementary School won the 4th Annual Battle of the Books held last weekend at Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary. Ten county schools advanced to the competition from school-level contests. Contestants answered questions on the books they had read in their school media centers.

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Deputies take specialized training

Oconee County deputies, along with officers from the county’s municipal police departments, are enrolled this week in special training. Conducted by South Carolina assistant attorney’s general Meghan Gresham, the training focuses on criminal domestic violence—from the laws, to restraining orders, to orders of protection and the like. The training is part of efforts to combat domestic violence in Oconee County. […]

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Hazing jurisdiction question answered

  A meeting today between the Walhalla Police Chief and the Oconee County Sheriff settled jurisdiction questions about the potential that crimes were committed last week during the Razorback soccer team’s return bus trip from a game at Pickens. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the result of his meeting with Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks is that the city police will remain […]

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Guilty verdict returned quickly

An Oconee jury today convicted a 39-year old man of three traffic offenses. Defendant Russell Alan Tupper left the courtroom this afternoon with a sentence that sends him to prison for 10 years. According to a court officer, the sentence announced by Judge McIntosh amounted to a total of five years for driving under the influence, driving under suspension, and […]

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Trial ends without defendant’s testimony

An Oconee County man elected to not testify in his own defense, but his side insists that he could not have been driving under the influence near Westminster because he was not driving his mother’s car. Defendant Russell Alan Tupper was interviewed at the scene of the accident in 2014 and later charged with driving under the influence, driving under […]

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“CAT” stop to be covered

A private contractor, hired by the city of Seneca, is getting ready to add amenities to the city’s Clemson Area Transit bus stop downtown. Seneca’s Ed Halbig says those amenities will include restrooms and an awning to provide a cover to protect the bus-riding public from outdoor elements. A meeting was held this morning, and he work could start in […]

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Transfer of state-owned roads to counties

Developments today in that touchy topic of the state diverting to the counties some of its roads for future maintenance. At 3 o’clock in Columbia the Senate Finance Committee holds a meeting on S.523. The bill as now written, according to the South Carolina Association of Counties, would transfer any road within a county to that county. Counties would assume […]

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