Oconee Medical Center posts July loss

More patients were using Oconee Medical Center last month, but other factors combined to make July another month of financial loss. The hospital directors received reports last night showing that higher than anticipated charity care and one-time expenses made for a negative bottom line of $245 thousand. July was the ninth month of the fiscal year for OMC. Strong patient […]

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TV show wants your “American treasures”

The national television show American Pickers has cash to buy what it considers your “American treasures”—such as motorcycles, old toys, and pre-1940 telephones. And the producers are coming to the Carolinas next month to film. The Oconee County chamber of commerce executive director says that means there’s a chance for you to make a deal with American Pickers. Jillian Lusk […]

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Special Walhalla election

The death last week of a Walhalla city councilwoman will require a special election the third week of November. Joy Scharich, director of Oconee registration and elections, has announced that Walhalla voters will be asked to go to the polls Tuesday, November 18 to fill the unexpired term of the late Kathy Rogers. At the time of her death, Rogers […]

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Clemson mourns the death of student

First-year student Virginia Gilliam of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died Sunday morning at Anderson Area Medical Center. Virginia was a special education major who attended Wando High School.  She lived on campus in Manning Hall. There is no public health concern. Counseling and Psychological Services is providing grief counseling. Students who want to speak to a counselor should contact CAPS at 864-656-2451.

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Oconee takes hit on new Duke assessment

Oconee County appears to be in line for a hit of more than two and a half million dollars in this year’s Duke Energy tax bill. County Auditor Ken Nix this morning announced the state’s 2014 assessment of the electric utility’s holdings in Oconee dropped from $132.5 million in 2013 to 118.6 million for 2014. But Nix says the decrease […]

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Former West-Oak student killed in accident

A West-Oak High School graduate has been killed in a car accident in Abbeville County. Authorities have identified Jonathan McClure as the victim of last evening’s accident. Corp. Gary Miller of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the highway 178 accident involved a Mini Cooper that hit a utility pole and then a culvert. The 34-year old McClure was a […]

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General Sessions Court this week

Two charges against defendant Carrie Leigh Tyner top the docket for a term this week of the Oconee General Sessions Court. The docket calls for the state to present armed robbery and assault and battery second degree charges against Tyner. Court opens this morning, with 10th Circuit Judge Lawton McIntosh presiding.

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Welcome Center traffic mishap

A van jumped the curb this morning at the South Carolina Welcome Center in Fair Play and damaged the structure for the vending machines. According to responders, the driver was sent to the hospital to be evaluated. A second person was momentarily trapped in the wreckage, but declined medical attention. According to Fair Play Fire Department, the damage to the […]

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Business publication spotlights new industry park

A regional business publication has published an article and a photograph of a new industry park, which is a joint venture of both Seneca and Oconee County. And those city and county leaders in charge of developing Seneca Rail Site are pleased by the attention the project has drawn in the current GSA Business publication. Richard Blackwell, for example, says […]

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