1″ snow!

One inch of snow doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s enough to bring smiles to those who enjoy the scenery. While some areas apparently received up to three inches, the gauge read in Walhalla by Barbara Wilson, official weather observer, showed 1” of the white stuff. But there remain a couple of more months of winter.

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The continued drop in patient stays

December and the influenza that accompanies the month often means higher patient volumes at the Oconee Medical Center. But not this past December. “We averaged 58 patients per day in the hospital during December, which is unusually low for a winter month when we typically see more illness related to influenza and respiratory ailments in particular,” said Hunter Kome, chief […]

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Public’s help needed to solve burglary

If you have the right information, you can help Oconee Sheriff’s Office solve a business burglary now two months old. It happened Tuesday, November 26 at the State Farm Insurance office at 1701 Sandifer Boulevard. In the early morning hours, a deputy found a back door pried open. Several office drawers were found open and money stolen. A vehicle was […]

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4 a-m UPDATE from SC DOT

The storm moved from the upstate and midlands, but will affect the upper coastal plains and the Pee Dee until mid day. Snowfall accumulated 1 to 3 inches and freezing rain fell near the coast. Most roads this morning remain hazardous, and the state recommends no travel unless necessary. Among Oconee accidents reported are Coneross Creek Road and Friendship Road. […]

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For govt., it’s a shutdown Wednesday!

Be careful if you are out there! The first snowfall of the season has led to a spate of closings for today affecting non-essential services of local and area government. Oconee County Dispatch reported a few accidents over night and several vehicles left by the road sides. The primary roads and highways, for the most part, have been cleared, but […]

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Lots of questions to be answered, says Hudson

A retired Oconee hospital administrator says, considering the climate of health care today, he’s not surprised that his former place of work is interested in banding with an out-of-county organization. But like a lot of things you hear, Ham Hudson says the Devil’s in the details, and there are many questions to be answered before Oconee Medical Center and the […]

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Young girls testify for the prosecution

Two girls—8 and 11 years old—testified at the start of an Oconee trial in which a 22-year old man is accused of multiple sex offenses. Testimony in the Jessie Wayne Davis trial opened this morning at the Oconee Courthouse. Davis was arrested in January last year. One of the girls clutched a small stuffed animal while she testified.  

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Schools to dismiss early!

In anticipation of the winter weather today, Oconee public schools are dismissing early. A spokeswoman says elementary school dismissal will be at 1 o’clock this afternoon, to be followed by the middle and high schools at 1:15.  Pickens County schools are dismissing at noon.  After-school activities throughout the Pickens School District are cancelled.  Here’s the thinking behind Oconee’s decision to […]

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Screenings to reach younger women

New guidelines will allow a partnership to be able to help more under-served women from Oconee and the rest of the Upstate detect breast and cervical cancer. The partnership, between Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center and the Best Chance Network, will offer breast and cervical cancer screenings to un-insured, under-served women 40 to 64. The new guidelines fall in […]

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Jobless rates fall again!

The unemployment rate for Oconee County in December fell again. And the state closed 2013 with a significant drop in its seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate to 6.6%. And it prompts Cheryl Stanton, director of South Carolina Employment and Workforce, to call today “an exciting and great day because the last time South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell below the national average was […]

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