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There are now 75,045 of us!

March 28, 2014
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In fewer than three years’ time, Oconee’s population count has surpassed the 75 thousand mark. To be exact, that’s 75,045—a new estimate from the Census Bureau. Oconee gained 417 in population since the 2012 estimate and 772 since the 2010 count. Oconee’s two South Carolina neighbors continue to count populations in excess of 100 thousand—-with…

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National Doctors’ Day

March 28, 2014
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Sunday is National Doctors Day—a day for Oconee’s only free medical clinic to thank its handful of physicians who volunteer to see patients there. “We really could not operate without them,” says Vikki Thompson, executive director of the Rosa Clark Medical Clinic at Seneca. The clinic benefits from the volunteer work of six physicians. That’s…

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Criminal charge remanded to OGS

March 28, 2014
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An Oconee magistrate today sent up a criminal charge arising out of a late 2013 homicide case near Westminster. Magistrate Will Derrick ruled probable cause had been found to send the charge of accessory before the fact of a felony against Patrick Grant Covone to the General Sessions Court. Previously, Derrick had dismissed a murder…

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Prescribed burn gets out of control

March 28, 2014
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A rainy spring day means fire fighters can rest without fear of wildfire. But, on a windy day yesterday, that wasn’t the case in rural Oconee County. A landowner’s prescribed burn went out of control on Busch Creek Road near the Coffee Road and that’s the reason those between Walhalla and Westminster late yesterday afternoon…

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Large drops in jobless rates

March 28, 2014
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The Oconee and South Carolina jobless rates are dropping. The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.7% in February—from the January estimate of 6.4%. That decrease is termed significant for it’s the largest recorded one-month drop since 1976. The Oconee County decrease was even greater. In January, Oconee’s rate had rose to 7.2%. February saw…

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Attempted murder case

March 27, 2014
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The charge of attempted murder has arisen from an incident in a remote part of Oconee County. The Sheriff’s Office this afternoon announced the charge of attempted murder and one other charge against a 29-year old Mountain Rest man. After questioning, Matthew Thomas Moore of Little Road was jailed in the investigation of an incident…

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Who’ll pay for the copper?

March 27, 2014
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“We have insurance. It would be covered by that.” That’s the answer given by Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for Oconee public schools, to the question of who will pay for the loss of some $50 thousand dollars worth of copper stolen last week from the Walhalla High construction site. The theft remains an open…

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A “once-a-year” event tonight!

March 27, 2014
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Months of planning come together tonight as the chambers of commerce from two counties come together for an after-hours event at Duke’s World of Energy in Oconee County. The once-a-year event, arranged by the Oconee-Pickens Chamber of Commerce Coalition, is a valuable exercise, in the opinion of Jillian Lusk. The Oconee chamber of commerce director…

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Something to be decided

March 27, 2014
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Admittance fees to use the Walhalla Municipal Swim Pool this summer have yet to be decided, according to Daryl Broome, executive director of the Oconee YMCA. The ‘Y’ is expected to take over the operation of the refurbished swimming pool, once a contract approved by city council is reviewed by the city attorney. And when…

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Six OC teachers picked for science institute

March 27, 2014
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The Roper Mountain Science Center at Greenville has announced the selections of six Oconee teachers to take part in this summer’s Science P.L.U.S Institute. The following public school teachers are enrolled for intensive training in science teaching methods and activities: Laura Land of Northside Elementary, Eddie Chavis of Seneca Middle School, Patricia Childress of Tamassee-Salem…

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  • April 19, 2014 8:00 amBenefit Hot Dog and Yard Sale
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