2014 is an election year!

Oconee County Republicans invite the public for a meet-and-greet breakfast 16 days into 2014. The event will take place from 8 to 10 a-m Thursday, January 16 at the Seneca Family Restaurant and will cost $7 a person. Mary Jo Gallagher of the Republican Party invites everyone to join in the conversation or to ask questions.

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Moped operator allegedly carried weapons

What an Oconee sheriff’s officer called a wide right turn raised suspicions during patrol operations last Saturday near Townville. And those suspicions led to a traffic stop on Woolbright Circle near South Carolina 24 in which the operator of a moped was charged with multiple offenses. Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, said James Henry Nix, 24-year old […]

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Year-end holiday travel

The motor club AAA Carolinas predicts a record number of South Carolians is hitting the highways for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. The prediction of as many as 1.3 million state residents traveling 50 miles or more on the highways represents an increase of 22 thousand travelers, compared to last year. The 12-day holiday period this year is defined as Saturday, […]

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Oconee trout get new home

The state DNR used a helicopter and a special lift bucket last week to stock 17 thousand trout in the lower Saluda River near Columbia. The rainbow and brown trout came from the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery in Oconee County. About six thousand of the fish can be identified with a tag that’ll provide a means of gathering data on […]

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93 kids “Shop with Heroes”

 A benevolent Oconee County project to remember needy children at Christmas has a dual purpose of early relationships between children and the men and women in uniform. The 2013 “Shop with Heroes” provided for 93 children this morning at the Wal-Mart near Seneca. Corp. Tim Rice of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, says donations received throughout the year provide for the […]

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Storm has been a soaker!

The storm that moved from the southeast to the northeast proved to be a soaker for Oconee County. The U-S Official Weather Observer at Walhalla, Barbara Wilson, recorded a drenching of 2.66” plus .39″ in two separate measurements taken over the weekend.  That gives the County Seat more than 7.5″ in December alone.  And other locations in Oconee County received […]

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Library Board points to January 8

Chairman Danny Day and the rest of the Oconee Library Board of Trustees are gearing toward a special meeting eight days into the new year, for the purpose of approving an application to the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission. At their January 8 meeting, the library trustees seek to set their application to share in proceeds from a county one-cent […]

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County solid waste schedule for Christmas week

Here is the Oconee County solid waste schedule for Christmas week. For tomorrow, Christmas Eve, manned convenience centers will operate 7 a-m to 3 p-m. The landfill will run 7:15 until 1:30. Hours for the Oconee Transfer Station tomorrow are 6 a-m to 1:30 p-m. All solid waste facilities are closed Wednesday, Christmas Day, and Thursday, the day after Christmas. […]

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Jobless rates drop locally and statewide

Governor Nikki Haley takes note of what she counts as four straight months of declining jobless rates in South Carolina. The statewide average for November was 7.1%—the closest it has been to the national rate since 2002. The Oconee County unemployment rate for November, 7%, fell one-half of a percentage point from October’s 7.5%.

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“Overabundance” of crime in Clemson

In Clemson, the police are deploying extra patrol personnel in an attempt to put a stop to break-ins citywide. There is no one specific neighborhood or location where the crimes are occurring, but most are during daylight hours. If you see someone walking or riding around a neighborhood where that person does not belong, Police Chief Jimmy Dixon asks you […]

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