School supporters return to Pine Street

A handful of Tamassee-Salem supporters returned last night to an Oconee County Council meeting, and two of them spoke during council’s public comment session.  Although school district policy is established across Pine Street by another body politic, those who oppose closing their community’s middle and high school are hopeful the council will exert pressure on the county trustees.  But the […]

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Council kills controversial resolution

Does Oconee County Council have any business weighing in on an issue at the federal level as to the extent the United States should accommodate refugees fleeing from the fighting in the Mid East?  That was one of the considerations last night, as the council killed a resolution that would have put Oconee on record as opposing the re-settlement of […]

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Boating season on the Upper Chattooga

Boating season begins today and runs through April 30 on the Upper Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor within the Nantahala Ranger District.  Paddling is allowed only on this river section on days after flows reach 350 cfs or greater at the USGS Burrells Ford Gage and only during daylight hours.  According to the U-S Forest Service, all boaters are […]

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Clemson issues statement on student’s death

Clemson University police responded to a call this morning regarding the death of a Clemson student, Michael Joseph Allen, an 18-year-old freshman pre-business major from Dunwoody, Georgia. SLED was called to campus and is continuing its investigation. At this time, foul play is not believed to be involved in the death, said Clemson University Police Chief Eric Hendricks. “There is no threat to the […]

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Body found inside Clemson football stadium

A body found today in the Clemson football stadium is a matter for a state police investigation.  But SLED’s spokesman, Thom Berry, says so far there is no foul play believed to be associated with the death.  The body was found inside the fenced area of the Tigers stadium.  The university notified the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division this morning.  […]

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Ribbon cuttings mark finish of Seneca projects

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Ribbons were cut today at three Seneca government property locations to officially mark the finish of projects that city leaders say make their city a better place today and in the future.  The ribbons were cut at the electric bus charging station on Railroad Street, at the utility warehouse and lay down yard on N. Walnut Street, and at the […]

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Tax Collector wins lawsuit

A jury at Walhalla returned a verdict in favor of the Oconee County delinquent tax collector.  The trial ended yesterday in the county Court of Common Pleas.  At issue were the allegations by Jeffrey and Donna Montague that the county seized and sold their property without notice.  But the jury ruled in favor of the office of delinquent tax collector. […]

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Blood drive remembers fallen trooper

On December 6, 2000 Eric Nicholson donated blood.  Two hours later, Nicholson became the 41st state trooper to lose his life in the line of duty in South Carolina.  To honor his memory, the Blood Connection will hold its annual drive this Friday.  You can help others by donating blood, exhibiting the kind of spirit that Nicholson demonstrated.  All donors […]

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“The slightest threat of rain….”

Oconee is about to be covered by a flood watch.  The wet autumn continues to present impediments to progress in the Walhalla Streetscape project, with the contractor saying today that the “slightest threat of rain” will delay this week’s plans for new sidewalk, curb and gutter on the north side of Main Street, along with water line work from the […]

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Federal case settled under False Claim Act

United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina Bill Nettles announced Monday  that Piedmont Pathology Associates, Inc. and Piedmont Pathology, P.C., a diagnostic anatomic pathology group located in Hickory, North Carolina, has agreed to pay the United States $500,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians.  Mr. […]

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