Oconee farm designated Century Farm

The South Carolina Century Farms Program announced the designation of the Rimrodt Farm in Oconee County as a Century Farm. The farm was purchased by the family in 1856 and been continuously owned by the family since then. Today’s owners are Jane Harris of Seneca and Louis Rimrodt of Arlington, Virginia. The Century Farms Program was created to honor families […]

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Camp site embers ignite small park fire

Quick action prevented a small fire from spreading out of control yesterday afternoon at Oconee County’s South Cove Park near Seneca. The wind blew embers from a camp site, setting afire pine straw. But Phil Shirley, the director of Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism says the quick use of a garden hose stopped the fire before the fire department arrived. […]

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“Little free libraries” in place at Mountain Rest

Something new arrives this month in the Mountain Rest Community. They are called “little free libraries.” A dedication takes place 10 o’clock Saturday morning, May 17 at the outdoor stage on the grounds of the Mountain Rest Community Club. One such free library is positioned along the walking trail near the stage. You can take a book, pass one onto […]

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Toddler falls into swimming pool

A child fell into a swimming pool yesterday afternoon near the Blackjack Road. This morning that boy is reported in critical condition at a Greenville hospital. Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services reports  family members found the boy lifeless on Eleven Oak Drive, but bystanders were able to provide CPR until first responders arrived. And King credits the family members […]

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Political news ahead of the June primaries

Pickens County Republican Party sponsors a candidate stump meeting and pancake breakfast at 8 o’clock Saturday morning at the Pickens County Career and Technical Center on Chastain Road in Liberty. Local and statewide candidates plan to speak—including those running for Probate Judge, State House, Lieutentant Governor, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Education, Adjutant General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and U-S Senate. […]

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Drug bust on Salem’s Hill Street

The police at Salem have arrested two residents at 415 Hill Street, to wrap up what the police chief called a five-month undercover operation. Chief Dave Poulson says it led to charges Friday night against Tony Mark Segars and Velvet Ann Pritchett. The 48-year old Segars was charged with distribution of methamphetamine first offense. Both Segars and Pritchett were charged […]

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Late night crash injured four in Salem

A late night traffic accident injured four people in Salem, on Main Street near Alexander Road. Two pickup trucks were involved. Dave Poulson, Salem police chief, says two of the injured were flown to Greenville for medical treatment. Their conditions weren’t known to Poulson by early afternoon yesterday. Poulson says two other persons injured did not require hospital treatment. The […]

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Duncan gratified by committee formation

Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan has expressed approval that the House will form a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks. And Duncan, the Republican from Laurens, is touting his colleague from Spartanburg, Try Gowdy, as the most qualified to lead the investigation. Gowdy is a former criminal court prosecutor.

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Potholes damage tires of Carolina drivers

‘Ol Man Winter is out the door. But he left behind damage that drivers in the Carolinas are still feeling—and paying for. The motor club AAA has determined that winter’s effects on road pavement have made for a boom in tire repair and sales for automotive and repair facilities. Potholes have contributed to ruptured tires, bent wheel rims and twisted […]

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