State upgrades drought status

A shower a day somewhere across Oconee has apparently allowed the county to escape incipient drought status—-the first level of drought. The South Carolina Drought Response Committee late last week upgraded 28 counties to the first level of drought, but Oconee was not included. Several locations in the state saw temperatures above 100 degrees which, according to State Climatologist Hope […]

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Marines will parade this afternoon

Parade day this afternoon in Oconee County, and it will be a hot one. County residents are invited to line up along 123 between Clemson and Seneca and 130 from Seneca to Keowee Key for the annual motorcycle-led procession of wounded Marines, who will spend a few days of rest and relaxation at Lake Keowee. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Congressman sends staff to Oconee

Congressman Jeff Duncan alerts his constituents to an opportunity for Oconeeans in need of help from the federal government. Staff from Duncan’s office will be available from 10 a-m to noon tomorrow at the Oconee Delegation Office at 10 Short Street, Walhalla. It’s one of several stops Duncan’s staff will make this week across the 3rd District. According to Duncan, […]

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Lawmakers work the weekend

  A committee of House and Senate members worked the weekend toward a compromise for a new state budget. Among those awaiting the outcome was State Senator Thomas Alexander. He told us Friday that no matter the compromise, there is just not going to be enough in the new budget to solve the state’s worsening roads and bridges. But he […]

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New jail set for final inspection

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he and his staff are hopeful that July 17 is going to produce the approval needed to allow for the opening of Oconee’s new $16.2 million jail. On that Friday the state Department of Corrections is scheduled to conduct what Crenshaw says is to be the final inspection of the jail. If a go ahead is […]

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Paving machinery accident

The operator of road-paving equipment was described seriously hurt near Salem Friday morning when the machinery lost power and toppled over a guardrail on South Carolina 130—several miles north of the 11 intersection. Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services said EMS and Salem Fire and Rescue brought the injured operator up the side of the road to a waiting ambulance. […]

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Traffic fatality near Salem

A 75-year old Salem woman died Saturday at Greenville Memorial Hospital after being hospitalized for injuries in a two-vehicle accident. Coroner Karl Addis said the accident that took the life of Carol Hunter occurred around 11 o’clock Saturday morning, as she was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Samuel O’Dell Hunter. According to the coroner, the accident […]

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Carol Watson Hunter

Carol Watson Hunter, 75, of 104 Coyote Bluff, Salem died Saturday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of Samuel O’Dell Hunter.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  The burial in Upper Zachary Cemetery in Cashiers, North Carolina.  The family receives friends from noon to 2 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers are […]

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Hit-run fatality on I-85

State troopers are investigating a hit-run fatality early Saturday on I-85 near the entrance to the state Welcome Center at Fair Play. Coroner Karl Addis said the victim was a 28-year old Lavonia, Georgia man, David Michael Rogers. Addis says Rogers, apparently a pedestrian around 4 o’clock Saturday morning, was discovered by a deputy shortly after 10 Saturday morning—after a […]

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