Duke workers observe King Day of Service

Across South Carolina, at Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy workers yesterday took part in the national MLK Day of Service.   Oconee Nuclear Station partnered with the United Way of Pickens County to assemble literacy kits for Title 1 schools–especially children who are on free and reduced lunch. The kits assembled focused on financial literacy for elementary school students and middle […]

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Walhallan chides Duncan for pro-gun vote

A Walhallan is taking to task the Third District representative for his pro-gun vote as a way to help hunters save their hearing.  In a letter to Republican Jeff Duncan, former Oconee Democratic Chairwoman Maxie Duke is critical of the House vote to ease rules governing silencers.  Duke says, “My brothers were hunters, as well as my husband.  They never, […]

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Motorcyclist killed in his driveway

A 49-year old Pickens County man died in a motorcycle accident in his driveway.  Coroner Kandy Kelley said the victim, Gary Joseph Carlson, was a helmeted driver of a Harley Davidson in the accident Saturday night at 125 Lighthouse Lane, Pickens.  The accident is being investigated by the highway patrol.

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June M. Davis Owens

Seneca, SC— June M. Davis Owens, 90, wife of Charles Owens, Jr., of 410 Violet Field Lane, Seneca, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Richland Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Davenport […]

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New bus stop at Southern Wesleyan University

A new bus stop has been established on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central to serve students and others in the community.  The bus stop was made possible by collaboration among university officials and Clemson Area Transit, the Federal Transit Administration, Pickens County and the town of Central. CATbus’s fare-free system has served Southern Wesleyan’s campus for more […]

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Individual state tax returns may be filed starting January 23

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will begin accepting Individual Income tax returns on Monday, January 23. Income tax returns are due Tuesday, April 18. The dates are consistent with dates set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The announcement includes the following:  “While the SCDOR’s anti-fraud measures remain aggressive, we do not anticipate delaying South Carolina Individual Income tax […]

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Toccoa touted as pool to fill Oconee jobs

The economic development recruiter for Oconee County, Richard Blackwell, senses a return of vibrancy to the economy.  Case in point, he says, is the latest Oconee jobless rate which, at 3.8%, is below that which experts regard as full employment.  With relatively so few county residents who are out of work and who are looking for work, Blackwell was asked […]

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Westminster woman wins MLK diversity leader award

Westminster resident Betty Johnson (at right in picture) has been honored as the latest winner of the Martin Luther King Diversity Leadership Award—presented annually by the Greenville Health System.  GHS held an awards luncheon Friday to recognize employees and departments for demonstrating a commitment to diversity.  Johnson, an environmental services technician at Oconee Memorial Hospital, was recognized for her work […]

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Midnight hour home fire

A home fire was reported during the midnight hour in a rural section of Oconee County near Westminster.  No one reported hurt.  The fire is said to have occurred at a home in the vicinity of Oliver and Mount Tabor roads.  Fire fighters spent nearly five hours at that scene.

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