Fire burns Holly Springs home

Fire burned an unoccupied home this morning in the Holly Springs Community, on Rocky Fork Road. Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, says the cause of this morning’s fire is being investigated. Fire fighters from Long Creek, Westminster and Cleveland extinguished hot spots at the fire scene. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Three rafters OK after misunderstanding

Three unaccounted for Chattooga River rafters are OK. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says it turned out to be a misunderstanding over what time the rafters had planned to come off the river. A search and rescue operation was started last evening.  Krein’s colleague, Charlie King, says the overdue rafters were spotted shortly after 8 this morning by […]

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Man jailed after incident at nail salon

A 60-year old Clemson man was arrested by Oconee sheriff’s officers investigating a Saturday morning incident at a nail salon near Seneca. The Sheriff’s Office quotes witnesses as saying they saw a man hit his wife in the head. The man arrested, Troung Van Hung, was charged with criminal domestic violence first offense; the victim was identified as an employee […]

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Car strikes bridge guardrail

Trouble this morning on I-85. Fair Play Fire Department among the responders shortly after 6:30 this morning to an accident in which a car hit a guardrail on the bridge between Georgia and South Carolina. Two adults and an infant, who were on their way to Maryland, were not injured. But the accident in the northbound lanes backed up traffic […]

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State upgrades drought status

A shower a day somewhere across Oconee has apparently allowed the county to escape incipient drought status—-the first level of drought. The South Carolina Drought Response Committee late last week upgraded 28 counties to the first level of drought, but Oconee was not included. Several locations in the state saw temperatures above 100 degrees which, according to State Climatologist Hope […]

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Marines will parade this afternoon

Parade day this afternoon in Oconee County, and it will be a hot one. County residents are invited to line up along 123 between Clemson and Seneca and 130 from Seneca to Keowee Key for the annual motorcycle-led procession of wounded Marines, who will spend a few days of rest and relaxation at Lake Keowee. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Congressman sends staff to Oconee

Congressman Jeff Duncan alerts his constituents to an opportunity for Oconeeans in need of help from the federal government. Staff from Duncan’s office will be available from 10 a-m to noon tomorrow at the Oconee Delegation Office at 10 Short Street, Walhalla. It’s one of several stops Duncan’s staff will make this week across the 3rd District. According to Duncan, […]

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Lawmakers work the weekend

  A committee of House and Senate members worked the weekend toward a compromise for a new state budget. Among those awaiting the outcome was State Senator Thomas Alexander. He told us Friday that no matter the compromise, there is just not going to be enough in the new budget to solve the state’s worsening roads and bridges. But he […]

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New jail set for final inspection

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he and his staff are hopeful that July 17 is going to produce the approval needed to allow for the opening of Oconee’s new $16.2 million jail. On that Friday the state Department of Corrections is scheduled to conduct what Crenshaw says is to be the final inspection of the jail. If a go ahead is […]

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Paving machinery accident

The operator of road-paving equipment was described seriously hurt near Salem Friday morning when the machinery lost power and toppled over a guardrail on South Carolina 130—several miles north of the 11 intersection. Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services said EMS and Salem Fire and Rescue brought the injured operator up the side of the road to a waiting ambulance. […]

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