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New fire fighters recruited by Oconee

July 21, 2014

A federal grant awarded to the South Carolina State Firefighters Association is enabling Oconee County to attract volunteers willing to answer the call of a siren to help their community in times of need. Oconee, Newberry and Dorchester are three South Carolina counties benefiting from a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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Zoning hearing in Seneca

July 21, 2014

Seneca planning commissioners will put on their thinking caps tonight. At City Hall, they’ll have a re-zoning application on Worth Street at Old Salem Road. The property owners—Kim and Lonnie Hammond—seek to change their property from R-10 to Residential-General. Tonight’s public hearing begins at 6 o’clock.

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UPDATE on violation found at Lila Doyle

July 21, 2014

A spokesman for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed that an inspection of Oconee Medical Center’s Lila Doyle nursing and rehabilitation facility turned up violations. In an email statement, DHEC’s Jim Beasley did not identify the violation. Beasley said, “The facility has requested, and been given, a review of the inspection…

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Pedestrian killed near Townville

July 21, 2014

A pedestrian death late last night near Townville. So far, the victim has been identified as a 29-year old Seneca woman. Coroner Karl Addis says her name will be released this afternoon, to allow time to notify additional family members. The woman lost her life shortly after 11:30 p-m on South Carolina 24 near the…

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Clemson University has a new operating budget

July 19, 2014

At their quarterly meeting on campus, Clemson trustees approved a $956 million operating budget for the university.  The budget will cover 2014-15.  According to Brett Dalton, a Clemson vice president, nearly 35% of the budget is derived from tuition and fees.  The trustees also approved the design and construction budget to add 750 suites in…

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Georgia boat accident takes life

July 19, 2014

A 7-year old boy lost his life in a boat accident Thursday on Lake Burton in Rabun County, Georgia. And that state’s Department of Natural Resources identified the boat operator as Seneca resident Dennis Ficarra. By yesterday, no charges had been filed, though the DNR was still investigating. Sky 104 Clayton quoted the DNR’s Mark…

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Be careful out there!

July 19, 2014

Car accidents are occurring across the Upstate in this morning’s rain.  State troopers logged three Oconee County accidents during the 9 o’clock hour.  Two are on 123 between Seneca and Clemson in the vicinity of Watson Drive and the Foxnest animal hospital.  Anothers is on Oak Creek Road at Return Church Road.

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Profit data to be followed by charge data

July 18, 2014

Just days after a South Carolina health agency published data about hospital profits, the director says his agency will publish various charges for procedures and how they compare hospital-to-hospital. This week the Department of Health and Human Services placed online (www.schealthdata.org) data that show for 2013 South Carolina hospitals combined made profits of $1.1 billion.…

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Joblessness on the rise in Oconee

July 18, 2014

The South Carolina unemployment rate held steady last month, but it inched higher in OconeeCounty.  The state rate, at 5.3%, is described as “firm”—unchanged since April.  But, in Oconee, new claims in June rose to 6.2%—from May’s 5.6%.  The June unemployment figures are reported in the same week that Oconee County Council took votes to…

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Walhalla Pool announces events

July 18, 2014

This summer’s first Movie Night at the Walhalla Swimming Pool takes place one week from tonight—Friday, July 25. Darryl Broome of the Foothills Area YMCA says the pool will open at 8:30 that night and the movie, a movie selected for family viewing, will begin at 9:30. The pool will remain open for swimming through…

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Calendar

  • September 20, 2014John W. Gibson Reunion
  • September 20, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 20, 2014 6:00 amCommunity Yard Sale Fundraiser
  • September 20, 2014 8:00 amGolf Tournament to Benefit Juvenal Diabetes Research in Honor of Page Holcombe
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