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Treasurer and OSD at loggerheads

October 7, 2013

Oconee Treasurer Greg Nowell takes the position he’s just looking out for taxpayers’ money, but Dr. Michael Thorsland, the county’s acting superintendent for education questions whether Nowell exceeded the authority of his office. Treasurer Nowell says he’s OK with allowing the state’s legal department to decide. Nowell says he will draft a letter, as early…

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Wet summer bodes well for fall colors

October 7, 2013

A prediction from Clemson University for an extended season of fall colors. Forest ecologist Donald Hagen says record-breaking summer rains that caused creeks and rivers to overflow likely will mean a longer leaf season in the Southern Appalachians. “The wet soil means that trees should hold their leaves longer and fall colors will unfold more…

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Autopsy today

October 7, 2013

An autopsy takes place today on the body of a 23-year old man found in Lake Hartwell. Oconee Coroner Karl Addis said Logan Wolfe of Richmond Hill, Georgia was found about 100 feet from where he fell into the lake in about 55 feet of water. Saturday afternoon, according to Georgia DNR law enforcement officer…

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Emergency regulation impacts JRSA

October 5, 2013

An emergency regulation issued by the state after the discovery of illegal dumping has impact on Oconee County’s wastewater treatment plant. Bob Winchester, executive director of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority, announced at a meeting Thursday that the order, issued by DHEC, will require the JRSA to analyze a thick black gunk known as…

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Learn more and sign up at Seneca meeting

October 5, 2013

Parts of the federal government are shut down—in a major dispute dividing Democrats and Republicans. But the national health care law, championed by President Obama, is up and running. An information meeting to help those without insurance sign up and learn more about the program takes place Monday night in Seneca. Sponsored by the A-H-A…

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“WIC” to run thru October 31

October 5, 2013

South Carolina DHEC has announced a contingency plan to maintain through October 31 the nutritional service “WIC”—the Women, Infant and Children Program. More than 120,000 low-income South Carolina families are served by the program. “This (DHEC) staff has worked with me for the past 18 months to cut down on expenses and become more efficient.…

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Bridge repairs completed, traffic back to normal

October 5, 2013

Oconee County has announced the finish of repair work to the bridge on Cobb Bridge Road at the Chauga River near Westminster. Mack Kelley, county engineer, says traffic and use of the road and bridge can return to normal.

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Suspect arrested in heat pump theft

October 5, 2013

No electric power at a church near Seneca led to the discovery that a heat pump had been stolen. In an Oconee Sheriff’s Office investigation the charge of  grand larceny was placed against Jason Lee Trammell, 28 years old. Trammell was jailed Friday afternoon, and the Sheriff’s Office announced a warrant against the Bountyland Community…

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Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Saturday

October 4, 2013

Personnel from Oconee Emergency Services will demonstrate a live side-by-side burn Saturday near Seneca, as a way to show the public the importance of fire sprinklers. The demonstration takes place at Noon Saturday at Home Depot in Seneca. The plan is to demonstrate two nearly identical living rooms, the only difference being that one will…

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“High risk” drug bust near Salem

October 3, 2013

Three people have been arrested near Salem in what Oconee Sheriff’s Office refers to as a high-risk drug bust. Besides the arrests, the operation carried out by SWAT, vice and narcotics officers late Wednesday afternoon netted the seizure of guns and what the Sheriff’s Office says a tool box that contained meth, marijuana and prescription…

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