Trade magazine turns to Oconee Sheriff’s officer

A national police officers’ magazine, in a June article, turned down to Oconee Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Underwood for comments on a story about the circumstances in which law enforcement officers request back-up. Some cops worry about ridicule from other officers that they might not be considered tough enough. But the subject touches a nerve in Oconee County because deputy Bill […]

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Whether stone was compacted properly

Part of the focus in yesterday’s questioning of Plateau project manager Shane Hall was the responsibility for failed test asphalt strips to determine if the base for a 600-foot extension of Oconee Airport runway 25 was suitable for paving. For most of the day, Hall sat under cross-examination and answered questions from Stephanie Burton, attorney for both Oconee County and […]

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Trial may run into Oktoberfest weekend

At the judge’s request, the jurors in the Oconee Common Pleas trial decided by a poll against a one-half day session of court on Saturday. Judge Lawton McIntosh accepted the jurors’ preference to take tomorrow as a day of rest but warned, if needed, he may extend the trial into Oktoberfest weekend next week. So far in week one in […]

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Testy exchange

  Throughout the morning in Common Pleas Court in Walhalla the defense attorney cross-examined the project manager for Plateau Excavation. And some of the exchanges between Stephanie Burton and Plateau’s Shane Hall were testy—especially as Hall tried to explain the varying amounts in claims made of Oconee County to cover the earthmover’s equipment rentals in the project to extend the […]

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Congressman pushes energy exploration

Congressman Jeff Duncan repeated his view today that offshore energy exploration can help secure America’s energy needs—as well as create jobs and financial benefits for South Carolina. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, Duncan says he wants to find out what’s out there—referring to the potential for gas deposits in ocean bordering the mid and south Atlantic states. […]

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Duncan favors quarantine

The Third District congressman, speaking in Oconee County, called for the quarantine of travelers entering the United States from West Africa, where there is an outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola. At this morning’s business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Jeff Duncan said temperature scanners at major airport, in his opinion, won’t be sufficient to ensure against an outbreak […]

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Homecoming to be the last for 1965 school

Tomorrow’s homecoming at Walhalla High School is to be the last one at the location for the school that opened in 1965. And that’s why the school invites all alumni of the school for tomorrow’s occasion, as the Razorbacks play host to Palmetto High School. Next year the school is to be converted to a middle school, as a new […]

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Clements to co-chair national committee

At the request of U-S Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Clemson University President James Clements will co-chair the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It’s a federal advisory committee created as part of the America Competes Act. The committee is charged with identifying and recommending solutions to issues critical to driving the innovation economy.

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Westminster violated drinking water standard

Westminster water customers are being told that the city system recently violated a drinking water standard. But it is not an emergency and there is no action required on a customer’s part. A notice sent to customers reads, “We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from October 2013 to September 2014 show that our system […]

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Runway project manager testifies

Plateau Excavation project manager Alan Hall said his company did not get state inspection reports from employees of airport consultants Talbert and Bright “in a timely manner. Hall testified for the plaintiff’s side yesterday in day two of the Oconee Common Pleas Court trial. He said the failure to receive those reports led to bigger problems such as silt runoff […]

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