Federal funds to reimburse Pickens County mountain fire fighting costs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to South Carolina to fight the Pinnacle Mountain Fire burning in Pickens County. The authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment […]

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Ralph Miller

Ralph Miller, 100, former resident of West Union passed away peacefully, at home in Charleston, S. C. on November 5th, 2016. He owned and operated theWalhalla Radio and T. V. Service on Main Street.  Survivors include his wife, Betty Ruth Miller. A celebration service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the First Baptist Church, 403 E. Main […]

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“Really horrible” is the term Democratic leader applies to Trump win

The majority spoke Tuesday, but the chairwoman of Oconee Democrats calls Republican Donald Trump’s win “really horrible.”  Paulette Keffas-Chassin says the county party is “completely shocked and disappointed.”  Yet Keffas-Chassin concedes the majority has spoken and her party, once a dominant political machine in South Carolina, is now the minority party.  On behalf of Democrats, Keffas-Chassin promises Democrats will try […]

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Staggering start time for Oconee public schools

If the Oconee trustees agree, students next year will be able to sleep a few minutes later before starting for school in the morning.  During Monday’s meeting Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, will talk about staggered times to start classes.  Currently, all Oconee schools start classes close to 8 o’clock.  Thorsland said, “We are talking about delaying middle school start time […]

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Elizabeth Paige Fratus

Simpsonville, SC— Elizabeth Paige Fratus, 30, wife of Edward Fratus, of 10 Capewood Road, Simpsonville, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, in Asheville, NC. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity […]

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Canvassers examine questioned ballots

Oconee’s board canvassers waded this morning through stacks of privisional votes from this week’s General Election.  It’s a necessary step before county election officials certify the results. One complication arose because several Oconee voters on Tuesday had actually been purged from voting rolls for having failed to vote in two previous General Elections.  A smaller pile of provisional votes were […]

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