Worker’s dismissal leads to police case

A 56-year old man in Seneca is accused of kicking and using a stick, possibly a small baseball bat, to beat a co-worker who dismissed him from his job. The police say in the incident the victim was thrown from a loading dock and lost consciousness. The police yesterday arrested Donald Paul Gentile and charged him with burglary first degree, […]

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OC factory to make upgrade

A $5 million investment is being announced today to upgrade the Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire plant near Westminster. The Westminster Highway operation makes precision flat and fine wire products, along with a special ribbon in the manufacture of solar modules. And the Westminster plant also operates a focus factory dedicated to the research development of new products and processes. An […]

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For a second time, fire damages Utica home

Fire fighters say they quickly put a stop to a fire yesterday at a home near Seneca without anyone having been hurt. But it was the second time since Thanksgiving that fire fighters have found themselves faced by a fire at that same Utica address. Once again, according to Oconee Deputy Fire Chief Grahl Haney police help has been solicited […]

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Graham to enroll in Obamacare SC

U-S Senator Lindsey Graham will enroll in Obamacare’s South Carolina health care exchange and forego the special taxpayer subsidy available to members of Congress. “I don’t think Members of Congress should get a special deal,” Graham said in a statement from Washington. “Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else,” […]

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Volunteers flock to Lake Jocassee

On a windy, chilly morning volunteers filled 47 bags with trash found in Oconee County’s Lake Jocassee. Brooks Wade, who helped coordinate the effort, said it was an impressive load of debris—including a 15-gallon garbage can, a five gallon bucket, a car bumper, a pontoon boat door, a piece of guardrail and a table.

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95 WW2 veterans identified in OC

An effort to identify Second World War veterans living in Oconee County, so far, has produced 95 men and women. The county Office of Veterans Affairs seeks to identify additional numbers, but will impose a deadline for its project. “We are going to continue to look for our ‘greatest generation’ through December 31,” V-A Director Jerry Dyar said. Dyar’s office […]

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First Family’s Christmas open house

Governor Nikki Haley and the First Family invite South Carolinians to join them for a Christmas open house tonight—5:3o to 7:30 at the Governor’s Mansion. The event is free of charge, open to the public and no reservations are required. The First Family requests that guests consider bringing canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank, as well as school supplies […]

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What ONS has learned from Japan tsunami

Outages and a lengthy refueling kept Scott Batson on the job 55 straight days at Oconee Nuclear Station. That has been a hard-at-it work schedule for the Pickens native who has the overall responsibility for the safe and reliable operation of the nuclear plant. And that’s why, he said, he can’t answer a question about whether or not it’s true […]

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Tree-planting called off

Not only has the wet weather been a bane for local and area Christmas parades, it has taken a toll on other outdoor activities. Including Westminster’s annual part in Arbor Day USA. City Administrator David Smith says, over 5 to 6 years, a variety trees has been planted—such as apple and dogwood. Only one of the plantings has failed to […]

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