Mountain Rest fire

Fire fighters responded yesterday morning to a house fire on Chauga Hill Road, in the vicinity of the Highlands Highway, at Mountain Rest.  In all, about 25 fire fighters from as many as four stations responded.  The first to arrive found a home engulfed by flames.  County Fire Chief Charlie King says, “The cause of the fire is still under […]

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Heritage Center worker receives employee award

Jennifer Moss, assistant curator at the Oconee Heritage Center, has been named 2014 Pendleton District Hospitality Employee of the Year. Moss will represent Oconee County and the Pendleton District at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel in Myrtle Beach. She has also been nominated for the award of state Hospitality Employee of the Year. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Deadline approaches for ATAX grants

Organizations interested in ATAX grants, available through the office of Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism, are facing a deadline this week. All applications for the latest cycle of grants must be filed by 3 o’clock Friday afternoon with the PRT office at High Falls County Park. The commissioners will review the applications and vote during their March 17 meeting. Eligible […]

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U-S 76 accident

 Crews are currently working a traffic accident on Long Creek Highway (Hwy 76) at Brasstown Road. The accident involves an overturned “18 wheeler” that has blocked the roadway. Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services says crews anticipate delays along the roadway for several hours as the truck is up righted and roadway cleared. Motorist traveling between Westminster, SC and Clayton, […]

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Keeping the juice flowing at Clemson University

Trustees at Clemson have given the OK to a concept plan to replace and upgrade the electrical distribution system at the main campus. The project is estimated to cost $75 million, to be paid for with state bonds and maintenance and stewardship funds. Brett Dalton, vice president for finance, said replacing what is antiquated and unreliable is essential to meet […]

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Salem police appeal for the public’s help

The Salem police are requesting anyone with information that can help solve a fraud case uncovered last week at one of the town’s places of business. Around 2:30 Thursday afternoon a white female, accompanied by an elementary-age girl, entered the business and began to sell tickets for what she said was a fundraiser involving Tamassee-Salem Elementary School. The police quoted […]

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Marker honors fallen officer

Outside Oconee Law Enforcement Center now stands a marker in memory of a fallen officer. A solemn ceremony remembered the service of Bill Schuck, who died alone while on duty in an accident involving his squad car during the night in a rural part of the county. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said the tragedy occurred five years ago tomorrow. The ceremony […]

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