Pickens County fire

Pickens County requested the help of the Salem Fire Department during a fire call late last night at The Reserve, a Lake Keowee home development.  According to Oconee Fire Dispatch, Salem fire fighters were requested to man Pickens County’s Shady Grove Fire Station during a fire that broke out in the clubhouse at the home development. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Answer to the question

Members of the Partners for Progress have settled on the answer to a Streetscape question about which there had been doubt.  The Main Street medians, even reduced in size, will still be large enough to support some trees.  Dan Pollock, Partners president, says, “It’s just going to be a case of the smaller medians will have a less number of […]

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Public defender appointed

In the 13th Circuit Court, Greenville and Pickens counties, a public defender was named today to represent a defendant charged with computer crimes.  According to the Solicitor’s Office, Melissa M. Grey is charged with computer crimes related to the sale of fraudulent football tickets involving Clemson, the University of South Carolina and other colleges. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Drought impact on 35 South Carolina counties

An unexpectedly severe drought joined forces this summer with a relentless heat wave in a one-two punch that is knocking many South Carolina farmers off their feet.  The U-S Department of Agriculture declared 35 counties in the state primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the brutal conditions.  Ten other contiguous counties also qualify.  The USDA […]

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Despite recent rain, reminder to conserve water

Months of reduced rainfall and hot temperatures have landed the Keowee-Toxaway River Basin into Stage 1 drought. The basin is part of the larger Savannah River Basin.  The decision announced today came from the Keowee-Toxaway Drought Management Advisory Group.  Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the Keowee-Toxaway Low Water Inflow Protocol.  Voluntary conservation is recommended […]

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Celebrating Pamela Putnam’s achievement

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  At the start of last night’s meeting, the Oconee School Board presented Pamela Putnam her high school diploma, for which she qualified under South Carolina Act 155.  The law qualifies students such as Pamela for a diploma who were denied a diploma who attained all credits yet did not graduate based solely on HSAP—High School Assessment Program testing.  Steve […]

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Sometimes one step forward, one step back

  The contractor for Streetscape believes a lot was accomplished yesterday.  In projects of this type, there are lessons to be learned.  And today workers are adding a curb of concrete to correct a water run-off problem discovered on the south side of Main Street at the Tugaloo traffic lights.  Across Main, workers are prepping for the pouring of new […]

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Commissioners to hold workshop

Once again, the commissioners who set the policy for Tri-County Technical College are returning to Asheville, North Carolina for a workshop meeting.  The workshop will take place over three days this weekend—Friday through Sunday, September 18-20.  The location:  the Hilton Asheville at Biltmore Park. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Prosecutor’s statement

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Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams issued this statement after confirmation that one part of law enforcement’s investigation of the Zachary Hammond shooting has been completed:  “My office has received the initial investigative file from SLED, however there are some follow up matters that have yet to be completed.  Their final report will provide our office a clearer picture of what transpired […]

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What does this town need?

  What does this town need?  That question was posed during a one-hour brainstorming session held last night by Partners for Progress—the Walhalla group that incorporates public officials and citizens as a movement to make life better.  The two men running for mayor in November, incumbent Danny Edwards and challenger Dennis Owens, attended last night’s Partners’ meeting and were active […]

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