“They keep the buildings clean”

Cleaning the 23 buildings for which the Oconee School District is responsible is a tiring job.  As one school custodian alluded to this week, it’s a constant battle to control germs.  At the start of their meeting Monday, county school trustees paid tribute to the 102 custodians who are on the job countywide.  Although classes recess for the summers, the […]

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Fall foliage has potential to be the best in years

Credit: www.grandfather.com Photo by Hugh Morton / Courtesy of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Photo by Hugh Morton / Courtesy of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. www.grandfather.com “Thus far this year, all conditions point to having really good fall foliage.”  Forest ecologist Donald Hagan at Clemson University is holding to this statement as hopes are high and fingers are crossed that this season will be one of the most spectacular—meaning lots of yellow, orange, red, […]

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Two persons shot in Anderson, one fatally

The police in Anderson have released the identity of a man who they call a person of interest in their investigation of a double-shooting late last night in the area of East Calhoun Street.  Two females were shot, one fatally, as they walked along the roadway.  The scene is near the home of one of the victims.   The police are […]

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Hipps’ parents release statement

On the one-year anniversary of their son’s death, Cynthia and Gary Hipps released a statement in which they request anyone with relevant information to step forward.  Here is their statement, as released by their attorney, “Late in the afternoon of September 22, 2014, our family received a phone call that would forever change our lives.  Our only son, Tucker, had […]

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The Tucker Hipps’ case one year later

One year later the death of a Clemson student in Oconee County remains unsolved, but the Sheriff’s Office continues to encourage anyone with information that can help solve how Tucker Hipps died to come forward.  “At this time, the Sheriff’s Office has no new information to report concerning our investigation other than what we released in the last year,” Sheriff […]

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Thomas Earl Simpson

Thomas Earl Simpson, 68, of 261 Highland Avenue, Salem died Tuesday at his home.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home with burial to follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens.  The family receives friends Wednesday from 6-8 p-m at Davenport Funeral Home.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to Pruitt Health Hospice, 1510 N. Fant […]

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Seneca in line for gated community

Seneca planning commissioners are recommending a zoning change to help allow a company to begin a new home development between Old Salem Road and Lake Keowee.  After a hearing last night, the commissioners voted to recommend that city council assign a Residential-15 zoning to 39 acres for property on the west side of Old Salem Road, 330 feet north of […]

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Verbalizing Oconee’s past

Books and photographs are a tried and true way to record the past.  But don’t underestimate the sound of a voice and the emotions carried with it.  The Oconee Public Library, in partnership with the Oconee Heritage Center, has begun to create an oral history of the county, formed not long after the Civil War.  The idea is to start […]

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