League monitors ethics progress

A bill approved by the South Carolina Senate addresses ethics reform.  It has been years in the making.  Janie Shipley, the president of the League of the Women Voters in the Clemson Area, says this bill calls for independent ethics investigations of state lawmakers—an end to the practice of lawmakers investigating each other. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Utica situation ends peacefully

An incident yesterday near Seneca ended without injury, although two occupants of a Utica home were taken to the hospital to be evaluated.  County deputies went to a home on Goddard Avenue to investigate the report of a hostage situation.  The “SWAT” team was activated and a command post was set up at the Oconee Community Theatre.  But, following dialogue […]

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The collection day was considered a success

Here are statistics from the latest Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day sponsored by Oconee County and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.  A total of 290 vehicles were checked in. ·        A total of 52 volunteers assisted the citizens of Oconee County who stopped by. ·        A total of 12,493 lbs. of Household Hazardous Waste was collected. ·        Narcotics Agents from […]

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A new drug sweep in Oconee

  “Operation Infinity” drug sweep #13 is underway in Oconee County.  The roundup started Friday morning with the Sheriff’s Office receiving help from the Seneca and Walhalla police.  By mid afternoon Friday, four of the 18 people being sought were in custody. “Our thirteenth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep reflects our continued commitment we have made to combat the drug problem […]

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Hazel Alexander

Salem – Hazel Winchester Alexander, 89, widow of the late Ernest Franklin Alexander, of 687 Burnt Tanyard Rd., passed away, Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Cottingham Hospice House.  A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, May 1, 2016, from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive […]

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Zika virus infection in South Carolina

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today the first case of travel-associated Zika virus infection in a South Carolina resident. The case was confirmed in a person who recently traveled to a country with active transmission of the Zika virus. The individual did not have symptoms and was not contagious by the time they returned to the […]

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Oconee Democrats depart for state convention

Oconee Democrats, empowered with delegate and alternate voting authority, are on their way to Columbia for tomorrow morning’s state convention.  We spoke this afternoon to Mike Evatt, the county’s state committee member.  Evatt told us he had the honor of driving two of his fellow Democrats–Maxie Duke of Walhalla and Ruth May of Westminster. According to Evatt, most Oconee delegates […]

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Joe Greenberg’s the man on the ground

Joe Greenberg spent his first night last night in Salem.  For this representative of the Next High School charter school, this is just a start.  Greenberg and his colleagues with the Greenville-based Next High School have launched their project to convert the Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School campus into state charter school in time for the next school year.  Greenberg stopped by […]

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