FAA expands Clemson license to fly unmanned vehicles

Clemson University has been granted a blanket license by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aerial vehicles through out the U-S and to register more Clemson employees as UAV pilots.  Now, research engineer Joe Mari Maja can fly a “small UAV” weighing less than 55 pounds anywhere in the U-S.  Maja uses UAVs to monitor crop health and gather […]

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Oconee hospital receives award for philanthropy

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The Tri-County Technical College Foundation named Oconee Memorial Hospital the 2016 recipient of its Philanthropist of the Year award. This is the Foundation’s highest and most prestigious honor reserved for individuals, foundations, companies, trusts, organizations or other entities that have made a significant financial contribution, either cash or non-cash, to the Foundation to support the work of the College.  Grayson […]

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One lane of I-85 southbound re-opens

One lane of southbound I-85 in northeast Georgia has re-opened to traffic.  An 18-wheeler is said to have rear-ended just inside the Georgia line before exit 177.  The back half of that trailer is described as smashed.  The driver, trapped temporarily, required extrication from the wreckage.  It’s not clear just yet what caused the accident.

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Carter seeks release from mental health custody

A man judged not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather in Oconee County seeks a new hearing to determine whether he requires additional hospitalization.  Papers were filed last week in the Oconee Common Pleas Court for Jason Mark Carter.  Debbie and Kevin Perkins were shot dead in 2006 in their home near […]

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E-filing debuts in the Common Pleas Court

A new way of doing business arrives today in the Oconee Common Pleas Court.  Today Oconee County becomes the 10th South Carolina county to implement electronic filing of all civil court documents.  No longer will attorneys or their representatives have to carry lawsuits and related documents to the county courthouse.  One of the benefits of electronic filings is documents may […]

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Johnny Smith

Westminster – Johnny Clarence Smith, 86, widower of the late Mary Magdaline Gibson Gibson Smith, 168 Pickens Road, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held 3:30 Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at First Baptist Church Cemetery officiated by Rev. Kenny Owen.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior to the service […]

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Appeals board communicating today with the judge

The Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals has reaffirmed an earlier decision to grant an exception that will allow Dollar General to build on the Ebenezer Road.  And according to Greg Gordos, county planner, a written communication is being sent today to Judge Lawton McIntosh, along with a rationale of why the board took the action.  The board’s decision is being […]

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Car chase ends in wreck near Walhalla Middle School

  A Saturday afternoon car chase ended in a wreck on Walhalla’s Razorback Lane and the arrest of one of two people in the car.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office today announced multiple charges against Thomasville, North Carolina resident Richard Clayton Bagwell II.  A second person in the car, a passenger, was not found, but the Sheriff’s Office said the passenger […]

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Princelean “Rita” Jett Lester

Seneca, SC— Princelean “Rita” Jett Lester, 84, wife of the late Cameron Douglas Lester, of 829 White Oak Hill Drive, Seneca, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM, Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Full Gospel Temple with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive […]

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