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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Friday Traffic Fatality Identified

An 87 year old Townville woman was the victim of a traffic accident Friday afternoon accident at the intersection of Highway 11 and Isbell Road in Fair Play. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says 87 year old Mildred M. Cox of West Pine Grove Road, Fair Play died Friday afternoon at the emergency department at AnMed Medical Center in Anderson. […]

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Call Me Mister leader keynotes luncheon

Clemson University’s Dr. Roy Jones, speaking today in Seneca, laid out the importance for the nationwide Call Me Mister program, but he also showed his audience his acumen for African-American history. Call Me Mister is about “Saving the Black Male.” Call Me Mister educates young black males and points them to careers as elementary school teachers. It’s in those early […]

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McCall decries the vandals

When vandals inflicted their damage to the bathroom at the Walhalla Swimming Pool, they were spoiling some of the hard work that many volunteers and others put in to help restore the pool as the only publicly-operated municipal swim pool left in Oconee County. The damage to the men’s bathroom will run into the thousands of dollars, according to Police […]

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Frontier Encampment for all ages

You can travel back in time tomorrow in Oconee County, by sampling the fare at a frontier encampment. The event takes place 10 a-m to 3 p-m at the Oconee Station State Historic Site near Walhalla. There, re-enactors will show what it was like after the American Revolution when the historic Oconee Station was a frontier outpost. The property today […]

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Something new at the Lunney!

Construction has started on the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, Seneca’s African-American museum. In the meantime, Seneca’s Shelby Henderson is recommending people take the time to see a new exhibit in the nearby Lunney Museum. “It’s ‘Breaking Barriers—African-Americans in Space’” she told the mayor and city council this week.

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