Duncan favors quarantine

The Third District congressman, speaking in Oconee County, called for the quarantine of travelers entering the United States from West Africa, where there is an outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola. At this morning’s business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance, Jeff Duncan said temperature scanners at major airport, in his opinion, won’t be sufficient to ensure against an outbreak […]

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Homecoming to be the last for 1965 school

Tomorrow’s homecoming at Walhalla High School is to be the last one at the location for the school that opened in 1965. And that’s why the school invites all alumni of the school for tomorrow’s occasion, as the Razorbacks play host to Palmetto High School. Next year the school is to be converted to a middle school, as a new […]

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Clements to co-chair national committee

At the request of U-S Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Clemson University President James Clements will co-chair the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It’s a federal advisory committee created as part of the America Competes Act. The committee is charged with identifying and recommending solutions to issues critical to driving the innovation economy. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Westminster violated drinking water standard

Westminster water customers are being told that the city system recently violated a drinking water standard. But it is not an emergency and there is no action required on a customer’s part. A notice sent to customers reads, “We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from October 2013 to September 2014 show that our system […]

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Runway project manager testifies

Plateau Excavation project manager Alan Hall said his company did not get state inspection reports from employees of airport consultants Talbert and Bright “in a timely manner. Hall testified for the plaintiff’s side yesterday in day two of the Oconee Common Pleas Court trial. He said the failure to receive those reports led to bigger problems such as silt runoff […]

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Rural chruch vandalized

  A minister discovered someone had taken a street cone and placed it atop a headstone in a cemetery on the Poplar Springs Road near Walhalla. But that wasn’t all that was discovered wrong yesterday morning at the Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Someone had thrown a cinderblock through a window of the church. And now Oconee Sheriff’s Office is investigating to […]

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P-T cruiser accident on I-85

 At this hour, a car accident on I-85 in Oconee County has resulted in apparent minor injuries to the driver of a PT Cruiser.  The highway patrol reports the accident northbound near exit 1.  At the scene, a black and white dog exited the car and ran into the woods.  Responders are trying to find the dog and have asked […]

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Biologist fights malaria parasite

A team of molecular biologists, jointly led by Clemson University professor Jim Morris, was awarded a $151 thousand grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify new compounds with anti-malaria activity for a deadly parasite species that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. According to the World Health Organization, there were about 207 million cases of malaria […]

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Bonus recommended

If the full Seneca City Council agrees, city workers will see something extra in their paychecks.  At a meeting yesterday, the council’s finance committee recommended a bonus for all city workers—general government and utilities.  That bonus, according to city clerk and financial director Joel Seavey, would not exceed three percent of an employee’s salary.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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2nd witness testifies

A second witness has taken the stand in this week’s trial at the Oconee Common Pleas Court.  Lee Patrick, general superintendent and site preparer for Plateau Construction, was called as a witness for his side in the damage lawsuit against OconeeCounty and Talbert and Bright.  Patrick testified about preparing OconeeAirport property for the project to extend the runway 25—specifically a […]

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