Construction permit for Kimberly and Micah Hart

A construction permit approved this week will allow a couple near Seneca to build chicken houses—in spite of complaints by several of their neighbors.  DHEC’s Bureau of Water this week announced approval of a permit for Kimberly and Micah Hart of the Friendship Valley Road to be effective October 7, provided no request for board review is filed.  In a […]

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Westminster cleanup underway

A cleanup has begun in the City of Westminster.  Jeff Lord, city administrator, says debris is being cleared from the property of the former Beacon textile mill, which the city considers a blight since production there ended in 2009.  Westminster recently announced it has been working with the owner and the tenant to remediate what has been created by the […]

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Deputies measure the sound!

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Two Oconee County deputy sheriffs are gathering decibel readings of various events and at venues across the county.  They are on assignment by Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, who has been tasked by the County Council.  Crenshaw said yesterday, “I hope to have a varied sample of the noise that our county generates and provide council a measured reading to serve as […]

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Bartee approved for conditional parole

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The state’s parole board gave James Bartee conditional parole—about six months ahead of his projected release date.  A spokesman for the Probation, Parole and Pardon Board says the conditions for Bartee’s release are that he have a place to live and a place of work.  There’s a further requirement for him to stay away and have no contact with the […]

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Fire fighters nix the idea of body cameras

Body cameras are receiving a lot of attention in these days when law enforcement interacts with the citizenry.  Keowee Fire Department recently looked into the possibility of equipping its fire fighters with body cameras, but decided against it.  Chief Richie Caudle says there were too many issues with liability. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Congressman’s misgivings about US-Cuba relations

Congressman Jeff Duncan is speaking today about the misgiving he has about the new relationship between Cuba and the U-S.  The Third District Republican fears the Obama administration’s new policy creates additional national security vulnerabilities for the U-S.  In a prepared statement from Washington, Duncan said, “Although the Obama administration has given many benefits to the Castro regime since December, […]

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Clemson University to go tobacco-free

South Carolina has been known as a tobacco state.  But, on January 1, Clemson University will become tobacco-free.  The new policy was approved earlier this year by the university’s administrative council based on recommendations of a task force.  All forms of tobacco and smoke-related products will be prohibited.  Along with cigarettes, the ban includes chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and electronic […]

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Tech teacher part of national initiative

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A Spanish instructor at Tri-County Tech, Timeko McFadden, has been selected to take part in an initiative of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  The initiative is dedicated to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.  A Simpsonville resident, McFadden will serve on a team of six language professionals […]

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