Friendship fire fighters involved in legal dispute

A lawsuit has been filed in OconeeCounty in an attempt to clear up a challenge as to who is the rightful owner of property across the highway from one of the county’s volunteer fire stations.  The Friendship Fire Department near Seneca contends it is the legal owner.  Attorney Michael Smith, representing the fire department, has confirmed the filing of an […]

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Jail inspection today!

The all-important inspection by state authorities of the new $16 million Oconee County Jail is likely to take all day today.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is not expecting to receive a decision on the spot.  He believes the State Department of Corrections inspectors will take with them their observations and send a written report.  What they find will be key to […]

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Pickens County homicide

A late night homicide in Liberty is being investigated by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.  The PickensCounty coroner, Kandy Kelley, says the shooting death of Duncan resident Mitchell Aaron Bradley occurred Wednesday night at 237 Watts Road, Liberty.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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New policies cover Clemson fraternities and sororities

ClemsonUniversity has announced a comprehensive plan covering the conduct of its fraternities and sororities.  The plan is aimed toward creating a culture of safety, accountability, and obedience to rules among the chapters.  Specifically, there are what Clemson calls strategies to eliminate hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual misconduct and biased actions.  The plan comes nearly a year after the still unexplained death […]

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All of South Carolina in drought status

The S.C. Drought Response Committee has upgraded the drought status of the entire state. Last month the committee had designated 28 counties to the first level of drought. Those counties are now in the second or moderate stage of drought. The counties upgraded to the moderate stage of drought include Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, […]

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Test results likely this weekend

City of Clemson announces that the results of water samples along six streets should be available around 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon.  Those results are to determine whether a boil water advisory can be lifted for Essex Drive, Boggs Street, Cochran Road, Elm Street, Clemson Street, and Calhoun Street.  In the meantime, the boil water advisory continues, and it means that […]

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First case of mosquito-borne illness in horses

The South Carolina state veterinarian has confirmed this year’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. An un-vaccinated horse died from the disease in Barnwell County. The mosquito-borne illness in horses can also affect people. Vaccination can prevent the disease in horses. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health, urges horse owners to check with their veterinarian—especially […]

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Taking the wraps off “Project Crystal”

An OconeeCounty community, long skipped over when it comes to economic growth, is in line for an employer with plans for 31 jobs.  Space is set aside on next week’s County Council agenda for a public hearing on “Project Crystal”—now identified as a chemical maker with plans to locate on Newry Road.  Richard Blackwell, director of Oconee Economic Alliance, released […]

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Courtroom surprise!

A General Sessions Court witness called to the stand invoked the 5th amendment in a drug trial at the Oconee County Courthouse.  The trial ended with a conviction by the jury against a defendant charged with distribution of crack cocaine.  The sentence handed down to Gerome Chris Smith amounts to eight years in prison and five years probation.  According to […]

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Streetscape today!

Streetscape crews are to start excavating for the bases for the new downtown light poles.  Some of the old poles removed yesterday on Main, between Tugaloo and College, proved an adventure, as the workers were unsure what they would find in the ground holding the old poles.  New water service work starts today on the block between College and Catherine.  […]

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