Human trafficking in South Carolina


A study released by Clemson University researchers shows human trafficking in South Carolina may be more prevalent than previously thought.  Professor Mark Small, research team leader, says nearly 20% of past kidnapping and prostitution files analyzed from police incident reports in Greenville County over a three-year period (2010-12) had markers indicating the presence of human trafficking.  Historically, human trafficking was […]

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Libraries announce Labor Day schedule

Labor Day weekend next week may be a good time to relax with a book, but not at any of Oconee County’s public libraries.  All library branches are closing for the holiday, from Saturday, September 5 though Monday, September 7.  The library website will be available for downloading e-books, accessing databases, and renewing items.  The after-hour drops at branches will […]

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Follow-up inspection today at the new jail

A follow-up inspection by the state Department of Corrections takes place today at the new Oconee Jail.  Unless something shows up unanticipated today, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw anticipates an approval letter from Columbia and the new jail will be ready in four to six weeks.  Today’s inspection is a follow-up inspection from a few weeks ago when, according to Crenshaw, the […]

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Utility gives boost to Tech’s satellite campus project

At the request of Tri-County Technical College, the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative has approved $100 thousand toward Tech’s plans to build a campus in Oconee County.  The campus is to be built inside the county’s Information and Technology Park on n. highway 11, within the boundaries of Blue Ridge’s service territory.  Tech’s request was approved during a meeting Tuesday of […]

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Trump to get invite to appear in Oconee

Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump is due to make an appearance today in Greenville.  He may soon be invited to Oconee County.  Chairman Bob Skipp of the Oconee Republican Party says he now has contact information for all announced GOP candidates for President, and it is his intention to invite all of them.  The next two appear to be Carli […]

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Will the winds blow in South Carolina?

South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division is getting ready.  The state agency is monitoring Tropical Storm Erika, which forecasters expect to strengthen into a hurricane.  As a result of the storm’s projected movement up the east coast, key local and state agencies have been notified to respond if the need arises.  South Carolinians and visitors in potentially vulnerable areas should review […]

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Recognition for the Pendleton Farmers Society


A celebration takes place next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the Pendleton Farmers Society.  A concurrent resolution passed in this year’s session of the South Carolina General Assembly, according to John Parris of Columbia, director of the South Carolina Agri-News Service and a former president of the society.  Organized June 12, 1815 by a group of prominent agriculturists […]

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“Massive” excavation underway in downtown Walhalla


Men and machinery are excavating on the north side of Walhalla’s Main Street, between College and Tugaloo streets.  In today’s Streetscape work, crews are installing conduit and pull boxes to move the overhead electric power to underground.  “It is time consuming,” according to Hutch ‘N Son, the general contractor.  The contractor requests everyone’s patience while the workers cross the intersection […]

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