Foothills Trail adds amenities for hiking season

Something new has been added along the 76-mile Foothills Trail, and hikers and the general public are invited to celebrate the additions during a ceremony this month at the Oconee State Park end of the trail. Heyward Douglass of the Foothills Trail Conference says there’s new paved parking, along with some kiosks whose maps help guide hikers. The ceremony takes […]

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Strawberry crops offers hope to farmers

 A late freeze has claimed part of the Upstate peach crop, but strawberries have dodged the bullet and may provide a much-needed infusion of cash for growers of another fruit.  Thomas Ragan of Boiling Springs and other peach farmers lost muich of their crop to a mid-April freeze.  But Ragan is optimistic about strawberries.  “We have excellent quality, and now […]

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OMC receives Heart Association award

The American Heart Assocation has recognized the Oconee Medical Center with a Lifeline EMS Silver Award. The award recognizes the hospital for its commitment and success in treating patients who suffer the heart attack known as STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.) Each year, almost 300,000 people experience a STEMI, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of […]

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Need a disaster loan?

Some will remember parts of last year as a year for substantial rain in a climate of near drought conditions. Too much rain can backfire on those who make their living from the land. The U-S Small Business Administration reminds small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that Tuesday, […]

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More than just an office for the Coroner

The project that will move Karl Addis from Walhalla to Seneca is taking on more than building new headquarters for the man who tends to Oconee County’s dead. The new building envisioned on the grounds of Oconee Medical Center, besides housing a coroner’s office and a morgue, will double as a substation for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. At next week’s […]

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Duncan co-sponsored bill advances

A bill, co-sponsored by South Carolina 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan, is moving forward. The Committee on Homeland Security yesterday passed H.R. 4228—a bill that requires Homeland Security to improve discipline, accountability and transparency in its purchasing actions. Duncan, Republican from Laurens, serves as chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee.

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Arts scholarship to Walhalla senior

A student at Walhalla High School, Jesus Miranda, was named recipient today of this year’s James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts. Six other Oconee students auditioned. For Jesus, the scholarship is worth $4 thousand. He plans to attend Furman University this fall. The award is given annually to Oconee seniors who plan to enter a college or university to […]

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