Clemson wins recycling challenge

Green-conscious Clemson students topped a field of 90 colleges to win the 2014 Game Day Recycling Challenge by collecting more than 60 thousand pounds of recyclables. Recycling bins and bag dispensers were placed within a three-square-mile tailgating area at the South Carolina game, and more than two thousand recycling bags were handed out to tailgaters. The bags and bins were […]

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The year in weather 2014

While many of us were trying to put pen to paper on resolutions for the New Year, Walhalla’s Barbara Wilson took time to savor the year that nature provided. Her synopsis is that 2014 in Walhalla was mild and nowhere near as rainy as 2013. At no time during the last 12 months did the thermometer reach 100 degrees. The […]

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Clemson extends a deadline

Clemson still needs city residents to volunteer as members of boards and commissions and is extending the deadline to make application. The new deadline is Thursday, January 15. Clemson needs to fill a seat on its planning commission, three positions on its board of zoning appeals, three positions on its board of architectural review, and four seats on its arts […]

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First siren test of 2015 to be January 14

The public alert notification sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested for the first time in 2015 around 11:50 the morning of Wednesday, January 14. And, as usual, the test will last about three minutes. To your ears, the sirens may sound like a lot of squawking, but their reliability is important. The 65 sirens are within 10 […]

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Lessons learned from 2011 Japan tragedies

Nearly four years ago, a Japanese nuclear plant withstood a large earthquake, but sustained severe damage from a tsunami that accompanied the quake. Since then, the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy have been engaged in study and discussions about the potential for damage to the dams and dykes around the Keowee-Toxaway Project. Specifically, the consequences for flooding in […]

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American Red Cross assists fire-victim families

American Red Cross disaster volunteers responded to at least seven home fires in the Upstate this week, providing emergency assistance to the 21 people affected. The incidents were the latest in a series of fires that have recently occurred and tragically there were injuries and fatalities associated with many of these fires. It is not just the Upstate experiencing home […]

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New Year’s Day night shooting death

A home near Westminster was the scene last night of the shooting death of a 54-year old woman. It’s a case under investigation by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office and the Oconee County Coroner’s office. However, in a statement this morning, Coroner Karl Addis said, “The public should not be concerned for their safety regarding this incident.” At 9:20 last night, […]

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Oconeean faces insurance fraud charges

A 54-year old Oconee County man has been released from jail on a personal recognizance bond after his arrest yesterday on charges of presenting false claims to insurance companies. According to law enforcement sources, Timothy Mark Mize of the Earles Grove Road, Westminster was released on personal recognizance bonds totaling $45 thousand dollars. Warrants issued by Magistrate Todd Simmons and […]

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Police chase–from Westminster to Seneca

At least three police chases have taken place in parts of Oconee County, since Monday. The latest being apparently the one this morning that started in Westminster and ended near Seneca. According to Chief Dean Awalt, his officers identified a small car and its driver as driving with a suspended license. The chase started near the city limits, proceeded on […]

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December 31a tax deadline for some

  In the lexicon of the Oconee County tax world, Decermber 31—the last day of the calendar year—is a deadline for some taxpayers. If you are paying your 2014 property tax in person, this is the last day you can pay at Pine Street and be eligible for a deduction on your 2014 tax return. At one point this morning, […]

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