Pickens County women charged with shoplifting

Two Pickens County women have been arrested and charged with stealing 36 miscellaneous items from Wal-Mart near Seneca. Arrest affidavits allege the stolen items carried a value of more than $2,200 dollars. According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, 40-year old Amy Michelle Johnson of Liberty and 33-year old Stephanie Dawn Porter of Easley were arrested yesterday morning on shoplifting charges […]

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Fire calls on a cold morning

In weather like this, fire fighters stay at the ready. And they were busy this morning in Oconee County. In Fair Play, the occupant of a home on Conner Boulevard was treated for smoke inhalation resulting from a chimney fire. Charlie King, Oconee fire chief, said the chimney heat proved combustible to the carpet in front of the fireplace. In […]

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Low gas pump price in Anderson

After Katrina struck New Orleans and the southeast coast, U-S Senator Lindsey Graham predicted the country would never again see $1.50 gallon gas prices. But one Anderson County fill-up place is getting in the neighborhood. One Oconeean, on his drive to work this morning in Anderson, saw a sign at a highway 24 location advertising regular at $1.69 a gallon. […]

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Students trek to school on frigid morning

Oconee public school students were asked to report for class on the coldest morning of the winter, but the decision to hold school at regular time reflected more than the need to educate. The fact, according to the county’s first-year superintendent, is that Oconee public schools are often more than a place for children to hit the books. “A lot […]

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Seneca student receives music scholarship

A senior at Seneca High School, Bethany Williams, has been selected the recipient of a South Carolina Music Educators Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship amounts to a one time gift of $1 thousand dollars which will require her to take part in a college music program, although she need not major in music. Bethany will be recognized next month at a […]

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GSP airport changes for future

The president/CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg airport, speaking today in Oconee County, said a four-year renovation project there amounts to “literally a rebuild” of the approximate 50-year airport. GSP is spending $125 million to overhaul its passenger terminal, grounds, and other amenities—in a way to make the entire facilities a true 21st century experience for the users. GSP’s David Edwards spoke to […]

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Christmas week delivered rain to Lake Hartwell

A couple that recently bought a home on Lake Hartwell was told this week that, yes, lake levels are down, but the lake will bounce back. The U-S Army Corps of Engineers credits Christmas week for delivering much-needed relief to all three sub-basins. Until December 23, the month was turning out to be exceptionally dry. Before the 23rd, the entire […]

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Male cat “neuterathon” January 24

To achieve its goal of preventing hundreds of cat litters next year, the Oconee Humane Society is announcing a male cat neuterathon to be held Saturday, January 24 at the FoxNestVeterinaryHospital near Seneca.  That day, 75 male cats will receive neuter surgery for $25 dollars and a rabies vaccination for $5 dollars.  Pet owners are urged to call the Humane […]

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Pickens Delegation meets tonight

The Pickens County Legislative Delegation meets at 5:30 this evening at the Carr Center (West End Hall) in Easley, and the county’s Republican Party chairman says the meeting will be interesting from a number of financial aspects. Phillip Bowers, the GOP chairman, said, “We will likely hear about a gas tax hike.” Bowers, however, said he wants to hear an […]

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Seneca man charged with breach of trust

An arrest warrant served by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office charges a Seneca man with breach of trust. Richard Barrett Thompson, 41 years old, was booked into the Oconee Detention Center Tuesday after a highway patrol traffic stop on highway 24 at Shady Lane. State troopers learned through the National Crime Information Center that an outstanding warrant existed for Thompson’s arrest. […]

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