Columbia man cited for boating under the influence

A Columbia man is out on bond after being cited for boating under the influence on Lake Hartwell over the weekend. According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement officer Craig Fulghum it happened just after midnight Sunday morning between the Big Oaks Recreation area and the Hartwell Dam. Fulghum said two people were in the boat and suffered minor […]

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Faye Blackwell

  Westminster – Mary Faye Hester Blackwell, 71, wife of Rev. Thomas L. Blackwell, of 106 Parkview St., passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. A Funeral service will be held at 4 pm, Sunday, May 29, 2016 from the Unity Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. […]

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West Nile virus scare for Oconee

Oconee County has received confirmation from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) of a positive test result of West Nile Virus from its routine mosquito surveillance program. This is not an uncommon occurrence as the virus has been around for many years. West Nile Virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an […]

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Will “Hawk” be Oconee’s next industrial plum?

An Indiana company could become Oconee’s next industrial plum.  Richard Blackwell, the county’s director of economic development, holds out high hopes for a project code-named “Project Hawk.” The possibility was described today as an Indiana company that is interested in moving a line of production to Oconee or Mexico, but Blackwell says his office has been able to convince the […]

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Police chase ends on dead-end road

  A 42-year old man was arrested early today after a police chase that ended on a dead-end road in Anderson near the man’s home at Fair Play.  Oconee officers say they went to a home on Tugaloo Heights Circle as part of an investigation of a domestic dispute.  Deputies approached the suspect, Dennis Ralph Roberts Jr., at the home, […]

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Forest Service schedule

  All Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests (FMS) offices and ranger stations will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31. For the safety of visitors, some fire personnel, law enforcement officers, and recreation staff will be working over the Memorial Day weekend.  The Forest Service reminds everyone […]

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Michelin postscript

A postscript today to the Michelin company decision to bypass Oconee County for Spartanburg County for its new distribution center.  Richard Blackwell called it very said.  The executive director of Oconee Economic Alliance said his staff and the Oconee County Council had invested three years into attempting to land the distribution center and place it in the county’s undeveloped Golden […]

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Manufacturer to start construction next week

Oconee Economic Alliance officials predict construction will start by the middle of next week on the county’s latest manufacturing acquisition.  And Richard Blackwell, the county’s chief economic development recruiter, predicts that it’s going to be an operation in which Oconeeans can take pride because one of the products will show up in automobiles, such as a BMW.  A combination manufacturing […]

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Oconeean awarded scholarship

The valedictorian at the Oconee Christian Academy, Whitney Oakley, is in line for a scholarship from the South Carolina Association of Counties.  Each year the board of the organization awards four $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot, and Oconee County was selected in this year’s draw. Applicants must plan to attend […]

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