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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Clemson to start its 122nd academic year

Clemson University will formally begin its 122nd academic year at the convocation at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. President James Clements has enlisted the services of his counterpart at Arizona State University, Michael Crow, to provide the keynote address. Clements serves in national organizations with Crow and has been impressed by what he has […]

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Those on sex offender registry may access internet

Oconee Sheriff’s Office hopes to clear the air about how the law applies to individuals on the sex offender registry. Deputy Kelly Winchester says sex offender registrants may have social media sites and access to the internet, as long as certain information is provided. Winchester serves as the sex offender registrar for the Sheriff’s Office. Offenders must provide their IP […]

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Sheriff to fulfill campaign promise

The second-year Oconee Sheriff said today he’s hopeful of fulfilling a campaign pledge by the end of the year. And that promise from Mike Crenshaw is to complete his examination of the $500 thousand worth of drug money embezzled from the Sheriff’s Office over a near three-year period starting in 2007. Although not Sheriff when the money was embezzled, Crenshaw […]

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Police hand out book bags and school supplies

Beginning today, look for Walhalla police at the city’s apartment complexes and in other neighborhoods—giving out backpacks and other school supplies. The school year begins Monday in Oconee County. Chief Ronald Wilbanks says the school stuff is courtesy of  police department fundraisers and the help of donors, such as Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

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Our worsening roads and bridges

Potholes in the roads and bridges that are left to deteriorate and risk collapse are safety and pocketbook issues for anyone who drives the U-S-A, but Senator Lindsey Graham says it’s also an issue that threatens the economic health of a county. And Graham referred today to Oconee County because he says unless the county can improve its infrastructure those […]

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Room filled for Graham special presentation

Oconee Economic Alliance measured one of its largest business forum audiences for this morning’s talk by Lindsey Graham, the U-S senator. The attendees were promised a special presentation, framed on how what happens at the federal level impacts Oconee County. The 59-year old U-S senator, who goes into the November election having been re-nominated by the Republican Party for a […]

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