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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Campus arrest alleges felony drug violations

Campus police at Clemson have announced an arrest of a man found asleep in a running truck on the Avenue of Champions. The university identified 24-year old Alabama resident Christopher Michael Cooper as having been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within proximity of a school, resisting arrest, and driving […]

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Helicopter flew ill patient

On Friday Fair Play Fire Department members assisted Oconee Medical Center paramedics and a flight crew to load a patient onto a medical helicopter. The highway 182 landing zone near Feltman Road was chosen because of the proximity to the patient’s home. For sick and injured patients, this is often the fastest way to transport patients to hospitals that can […]

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Home fire displaces family of five

An Oconee family of two adults and three children must start the task of rebuilding their lives as the result of yesterday’s fire that gutted their home near Westminster. The fire heavily damaged their mobile home on Sandy Lane in the Clearmont Community. Tim and Trista Littleton and their young children have been receiving replacement clothes, but the family needs […]

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Cell Tower Ok’d Near Westminster

The Oconee County Board of Zoning appeals has granted a special exception for a new cell tower in Westminster. The new 180 foot tower will be located on Oakmont Road. Attorney Gary Pennington of Columbia says the applicants have addressed concerns regarding the possibility of the property containing Indian gravesites. The tower will initially be used by Verizon Communications but […]

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Bail set at $1 million

The Seneca judge this afternoon set bond at $1 million for the woman accused of confining two children to a dog house and storage building. Even if Mattie Brooks were able to make bail, she’ll have to abide by conditions imposed by Municipal Judge Danny Singleton—such as no contact with the alleged victims or any children under the age of […]

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Home fire near Westminster

Word has reached 96.3/WGOG of a fire this afternoon in a home on Sandy Lane in the Richland-Clearmont area near Westminster. It’s believed that a family of as many as five people are going to require assistance to rebuild their lives. Once we get details of how the community and the general public can help we will pass that information […]

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Seneca woman arrested on child abuse charges

A Seneca woman faces a bond hearing this afternoon, as the result of her arrest in a three-month investigation. Chief John Covington says Mattie Brooks, arrested this morning on South Walnut Street, is accused of unlawful conduct toward a child and criminal sexual conduct first degree. According to Covington, investigator Mike Terramano has put together a case that alleges the […]

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