Smoke detectors save lives

At one point during the weekend, six people had perished in South Carolina structure fires. Oconee’s fire chief, Charlie King, says it is a reminder that the most critical device in every home and business to ensure safety is a working smoke detector. The Oconee Fire Service is committed to ensuring that every home has a working detector by offering […]

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Oakway home fire

Within five minutes of a neighbor’s call, fire fighters reached the scene of an Oakway home fire and were able to put a stop to the fire at the Mary’s Lane home near the Bruce Road. At the time of the fire, no one was home. That Friday afternoon fire, however, is regarded suspicious in nature and, according to Oconee […]

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Ulterior motive ascribed to the EPA

Does a clear power plan sound like a good idea? Not if you represent a state that enjoys relatively low power rates and is ill-equipped to convert coal and oil-fired burners to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. South Carolina State Representative Bill Sandifer is also suspicious of why the federal Environmental Protection Agency is pushing its clean power plan. He told […]

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Burglars target South Cove Road

Four home burglaries have taken place between November 21 and as late as yesterday morning on South Cove Road and vicinity. Oconee Sheriff’s Office appeals to the public for information that leads to the culprits. Two of the crimes occurred on South Cove Road. There was one on Keowee School Roard and another on Indian Oaks Road. The latest burglary […]

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Slight uptick in Oconee’s jobless rate

On a day when State Representative Sandifer commented on the need to address job creation and for public school students to learn skills required by employers, the state is reporting that Oconee’s unemployment picture slightly worsened in November. The rate of joblessness in Oconee rose from October’s 6.3% to November’s 6.4% of the available labor force. Still that’s better than […]

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Sandifer meets with Michelin

State Representative Bill Sandifer says he came away from a meeting yesterday with tire maker Michelin with the impression that the company is sold on Oconee—even though there is not yet a final deal. Sandifer talked business and other issues this morning with a policy committee of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce at Seneca. (From his Michelin meeting) “They like […]

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Spearman the last elected superintendent?

Come January, Molly Spearman begins a four-year term as South Carolina Superintendent of Education. But will she be the last state superintendent elected by a popular vote of the citizenry? The question was raised this morning at Seneca where the city’s state lawmaker, Representative Bill Sandifer, addressed a policy committee of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce. Championed by Governor Nikki […]

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Boil water advisory

A boil water advisory remains in place this morning for residents of a Lake Hartwell home development in Oconee County. The advisory pertains to those who live in Foxwood Hills sections B, C, D, E, and G, along with Edisto. Sam McCall, utilities superintendent for the development, said the advisory was necessitated by the break yesterday morning of an 8-inch […]

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Boarding home denied zoning change

The Westminster Comprehensive Plan suggests historic houses might enjoy a future use as boarding houses.  But the city planning commission said no last night to Roger Manley’s request for a zoning change to allow him to operate a boarding house at 207 N. Isundega Street.  Manley’s property is currently zoned R-25.  He was seeking a change to general residential, a […]

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Accident killed Easley man

A Wednesday night accident took the life of a 61-year old Easley man, William Herman Anderson. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Anderson died early yesterday morning at a Greenville hospital of blunt force trauma to his torso and thigh. The accident occurred shortly after 9:30 Wednesday night at Woodhaven Drive and South Carolina 93.

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