Partial settlement in “John Doe” case

A partial settlement has been reported in the case of a man who claims he was abused by a teacher while he was a student in Oconee public schools. A mediator, Karl Folkens of Florence, signed an order that settles the case of “John Doe” as it applies to the Oconee School District. The terms of the settlement with the […]

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Speedway racing called off

Inclement weather has forced the postponement of the season opener at the Anderson Motor Speedway.  Showers,  increased wind, and lower temperatures forecast today and, combined, they do not make good racing weather.  Anderson Speedway management made the call early to try to head off the racing teams that travel to Anderson from Georgia and North Carolina.  Anderson Motor Speedway will […]

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Fraud risk for ex-WestPoint Stevens workers

Individuals who worked for the former WestPoint Stevens plant at Seneca are being advised to check their credit reports and report any fraudulent activity to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. Investigators are working a case of identity fraud and have determined there’s a chance that personnel files from the West Point Seneca plant may have been stolen and used to open […]

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Daniel students learn how to monitor water quality

Thirty-seven students at Daniel High School, under the guidance of Clemson graduate students, spent several months examining the water quality of Indian Creek in the Clemson Experimental Forest. The “What’s in Our Waters” project, created by five Clemson graduate students, has grown to 12 mentors who help to educate high school students in Pickens and Anderson counties about a variety […]

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Body in lake was missing kayaker

The body of a man pulled from Lake Hartwell last Sunday has been positively identified as that of a missing kayaker from West Union. WLHR Radio quotes a Georgia DNR officer as saying an autopsy confirms the body was that of Brady Hamby. He had taken his kayak into the lake February 11 from Hartwell State Park, but never returned. […]

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Pitch made for countywide hospitality tax

For the good of Oconee’s tourism and the like, a county leader proposes a countywide 2% hospitality tax—identical to the tax now charged by Oconee’s three largest municipalities. Ken Sloan, director of the Mountain Lakes Conventions Visitors Bureau, made his pitch yesterday at the business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance. As late three hours later, Sloan was getting reaction […]

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Duncan says Biden “misinformed”

Vice President Joe Biden spoke out against Republican senators whose actions, he said, undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran for a nuclear weapons deal. The Associated Press quoted Biden as saying, “I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary —- that the President does not have the […]

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Who had this year’s best tornado poster?

 Adrianna Lione’s winner poster is practically as tall as she is. The second grader at Walhalla Elementary received a cash award of $45 dollars and a weather alert radio for her poster judged the best of those submitted in the annual tornado safety poster contest. That contest is sponsored by Oconee Emergency Services to draw attention to the destruction and […]

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Flu strain deadly to poultry

South Carolina officials are requesting the public to keep an eye out for a strain of avian flu that has been identified in seven states and is potentially deadly to poultry. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, so far, has been identified in backyard and commercial poultry flocks, wild ducks and geese from Oregon to Arkansas. While not considered a threat to […]

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