Seneca student wins Pickens County poetry contest

A student at the Seneca Middle School won the teen category of a poetry contest sponsored by the Pickens County Library System to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.  Gunnison Alexander’s winning poem, “Dragon,” netted him a $50 dollar cash prize.  Gunnison and two other Seneca Middle finalists in the competition, Rose Haynes and Jacari Teague, were encouraged to participate […]

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Home burglary in Pickens County’s Dacusville community

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Burglary to a residence located at 115 Cherokee Trail in the Dacusville community that occurred Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Surveillance cameras at the home captured images of an unknown male approaching the residence on a bicycle moments before he forced entry into an outbuilding at approximately 8:15am. The male was then seen […]

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Even southern Californian taken aback by Clemson traffic

  You would think that someone from southern California wouldn’t bat an eye at the increasingly-congested Clemson area traffic.  But Dan Boyle has spent parts of the last year-plus in the area, and he can tell Clemson traffic is getting worse, for a variety of reasons.  Boyle’s San Diego company got the contract to study the future possibilities and changes […]

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Message heard yesterday: Reduce traffic by riding a bus

  The results of the CATbus Re-Imagining Study were shared yesterday during a couple of forums at Clemson.  The takeaway from last evening’s presentation at the bus service administration office is that there appears to be a bright future for bus transit in the area—as long as the federal government doesn’t cut back on funding.  That is an unknown, according […]

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Oconee teacher accepted for science training

A teacher Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary, Betsy Drake, has been accepted to Roper Mountain Science Training this summer in Greenville.  In a typical day, Drake teaches science to three different grades.  Her class is a self-contained class of students who need hands on materials in order to fully understand the concepts.  She’s looking forward to the professional development training.  

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Man charged with truck theft

The theft of a pickup truck belonging to an engineering company has led to the arrest in Oconee County of a 49-year old man.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, Michael Scott Clardy was arrested yesterday and charged with grand larceny.  Two addresses were given for Clardy:  Cedar Rock Church Road, Easley and Rabbit Farm Road, Seneca.  Law enforcement records show […]

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Jury picked for new Oconee trial

An Oconee jury has been picked to hear testimony that originated with an incident on New Year’s Eve three years ago and led to the arrest of a man the following day on New Year’s Day.  The 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office has called the case of Jeremy Stephen Black, charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and distribution/possession with intent […]

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Wright named Director of Transportation for Oconee schools

Oconee school trustees have decided that James “Ozzie” Wright of Seneca High School will succeed Sammy Grant July 1 as Director of Transportation.  Grant is retiring. The choice of Wright, Seneca High assistant principal was made during this week’s meeting of the trustees.  “I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to serve as the Director of Transportation for […]

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Building Codes not abolished!

One Oconee municipal leader says his phone blew up with messages that, at its meeting last night, County Council abolished its building codes department.  Not true,  says Edda Cammick.  Council Chairwoman Cammick this morning said, “No, we didn’t ‘abolish’ the building codes department but we are looking to out source that function.”  Cammick confirmed that the council is considering pet […]

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Walhalla grows by 8.86 acres

At the request of the school district, Walhalla took in 8.8 acres last night so that all of the James Brown Elementary School property is inside city limits.  According to Mayor Edwards, it’s the same property that the school district has owned ever since the school was built.  But for some reason, Edwards said, part of the property was left […]

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