Krein applauds school district decision

The decision to release students early today is endorsed by Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services. “What we’re looking at is a variety of snow, rain, freezing rain—possibly on the trees and roads,” said Krein who added the school district has made the best decision. If the bad weather hits, he advises motorists to stay off the roads until […]

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Teenagers found safe

The cold is no time to be outdoors and lost. That’s what happened last night to a pair of teenagers who went hiking in a remote part of Oconee County. Fortunately, according to Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services, they were found not long after they went missing near highway 107.

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WEATHER CLOSINGS – Updated

Oconee County Schools will operate on a 2 hour delay Thursday, February 19. Faculty and staff should report at regular times. Buildings will be open at normal time for those parents who need to drop off kids early. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9:45. ______________________________________________________   Seneca Medical will resume it’s normal schedule Thursday at 8:00 am. _________________________________________________________________ […]

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“Walls are up, roof is on”

A young evangelist revved up the crowd Friday during the 3rd Annual Black History Luncheon, sponsored by the city of Seneca. The theme for this year’s luncheon was “Saving the Black Male.” Those attending also got an update on the construction of the city’s first museum for African-American history. Dr. John Martin, curator for both the Lunney House and the […]

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Fire destroys Mountain Rest home

Fire destroyed a two-story home Friday on Chattooga Lake Road in Mountain Rest. Two people lived in the home, but they managed to make it out safely. Charlie Vissage, chief of the Mountain Rest Fire Department, said fire fighters encountered fire through the roof of the house. By today, the cause of that fire is still unknown.

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Delegation elects new DOT commissioner

The state Legislative Delegation of the Third Congressional District has elected a new member to the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission. He’s Greenwood resident Ben Davis Jr., retired president/CEO of the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, a former Fountain Inn mayor, and former owner of one newspaper and two radio stations. The meeting, at which Davis was elected, was attended […]

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Weather impacts search for missing kayaker

Extreme cold and limited visibility have impacted the Lake Hartwell search for missing kayaker Brady Hamby. According to Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, as weather permits, limited search operations will pick up for the missing 64-year old West Union resident. Krein says, “Until the weather has passed and more suitable for safe operations our efforts will be suspended.”

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Red Cross assists Keowee Key fire victims

A fire that started in a bedroom has taken a heavy toll in Keowee Key. Yesterday morning’s fire at 2 Calm Sea Drive, near the North entrance to the home development, broke out around 7:30. Two adults got out of the house safely, but the fire killed two pets. The American Red Cross is assisting the fire victims. Chief Richie […]

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DOT workers arounnd-the-clock schedule

The roads and bridges have a salty look to them this morning. Ahead of the forecast winter event, South Carolina DOT crews—especially those in the Upstate—began anti-icing pre-treating operations yesterday. Crews in other parts of the state remain on standby. Those pre-treating operations in the Upstate will continue this morning and anticipate a switch to a response mode by this […]

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