Aviation important to Oconee County

During National Aviation Week this week, Oconee Economic Alliance draws attention to a pair of successful aero-space industries that call the county home. Oconee is home to Just Aircraft, a light sport aircraft maker near Walhalla, and to RBC AeroStructures, a maker of aero-space control rods in the Oconee Commerce Park. Governor Nikki Haley last year proclaimed the first South […]

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Cars collide in Seneca

An accident this morning at a Seneca street corner. The police say one of the drivers required a trip to the hospital when two cars collided at E. Main and Lindsay Road. In the 9 o’clock hour accident, the police say, charges are pending against the other driver.

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Joblessness inches its way upward

Unemployment in both Oconee County and South Carolina increased in the month of July. The Department of Employment and Workforce report covering the summer month shows the state’s rate rose nearly one-half of a percentage point—from 5.3% in June to 5.7% in July. For Oconee County, the size of the increase was nearly identical—from 6.2% in June to 6.7% in […]

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Welcome back follows move-in

Clemson became a sea of u-hauls for the annual move-in weekend. But tonight’s a time for festivities ahead of the new academic year. The official welcome back festival takes place this evening. And that’ll mean a part of College Avenue downtown, from Keith Street to highway 93, will be closed starting at 4:45 this afternoon and re-opening no later than […]

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Walhalla fire leads to the arrest of Georgia woman

A 31-year old Toccoa, Georgia woman has been arrested in Oconee County and charged with third degree arson at a home in Walhalla. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office seeks a second person related to the crime. The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest by the Walhalla police of April Dawn Lakey originally on the charge of forgery and later arson. Investigators believe […]

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Political qualifying ended today!

The books closed today for ballot candidates in two contests that’ll be part of this year’s November General Election in Oconee County. Don Stone was the only candidate for one of two seats in the Beaverdam Watershed Conservation District. An election spokeswoman said voters in selected southern Oconee County communities may fill the other seat by writing-in a candidate on […]

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Equine encephalitis confirmed in South Carolina

South Carolina’s state veterinarian announced today that two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been confirmed in the state. A horse that died in Darlington County and a miniature donkey that died in Horry County recently tested positive for the disease. The fatal form of encephalitis is a mosquito-borne illness in horses that can also affect humans. Vaccination can prevent […]

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