Computer program camp at Clemson University

Some of the nation’s brightest high school students are at Clemson University this week to take part in a training camp that decides which four will go to Taiwan to represent the United States in an international computer-programming contest. While on campus, the 24 students live in the dorms, participate in lectures on advanced computing techniques and sharpen their problem-solving […]

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Sexual assault alleged at boat landing

A western North Carolina man jailed in Oconee County is accused of committing a sexual assaultover the holiday weekend at Fall Creek #2, a Lake Keowee boating landing. An arrest affidavit alleges David Luker, 61-year old resident Tuckassegee, committed criminal sexual conduct first degree Sunday at the Fall Creek Landing.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Two Myrtle Beach area brothers detained in Oconee

Two brothers from the Myrtle Beach area have been jailed in Oconee County in the investigation of a stolen car case. According to Oconee Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center reports, James Thomas Coulter of Galivants Ferry and Larry Alan Coulter of Myrtle Beach were arrested Saturday afternoon by sheriff’s officers who investigated the report of a suspicious vehicle near Salem, […]

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Teacher Forum awards scholarships

The Oconee Teacher Forum has awarded scholarships worth $2 thousand each to four high school seniors who’ve shown interest in wanting to pursue careers as educators. The 2014 winners represent each of the county’s four high schools. Courtney Dickerson of West-Oak High School plans to attend Anderson University and major in Physical Education. Grace Hope Martin of Walhalla High School […]

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Oconee EMS wins Silver Award

A Lifeline EMS Silver Award is now in the possession of the professionals who makeup the Oconee Medical Center EMS. From the American Heart Association, this award recognizes the Oconee EMS commitment and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients, who suffer the severe heart attack known as a STEMI—ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. Each year, […]

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Students hold read-a-thon

A recent book-reading event served a dual purpose at Keowee Elementary School. The school’s Student Service Learning Club took part in a read-a-thon and used the event to raise $588 dollars for the Oconee Humane Society. Three grateful volunteers from the Humane Society reciprocated by showing off and demonstrating to the students a pair of trained therapy dogs—as a way […]

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Vanishing firefly projects begins Saturday

The annual Clemson University firefly census will launch Saturday night, from 8 to 10 o’clock. The lightning bug count will continue through the summer. The census is part of Clemson University’s Vanishing Firefly Project that investigates the impact of human activity on firefly populations. The researchers depend on “citizen scientists” to count the fireflies and submit data via the website […]

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9/11 memorial to honor victims and responders

Land has been secured in Oconee County, and a design approved for a memorial to incorporate remnants from all three locations of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on America. A volunteer committee working mostly behind the scenes until recently promises the memorial will offer compelling testimony to both the victims and heroes of New York City, the Pentagon and […]

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Thousands of absentee ballots issued statewide

Thousands of ballots have been issued to allow South Carolinians to vote absentee in advance of the June 10 primary elections. Oconeeans in the hundreds are among those who’ve applied for absentee ballots. Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail if they meet one of 15 reasons. To vote in person, visit your county voter registration office, […]

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Library worker wins Governor’s award

For the second year in a row, the Oconee public library sent one of its volunteers to Columbia to collect the award for the Governor’s Direct Service Volunteer of the Year. This year’s award went to Jean Snellings, who volunteers for the bookmobile service. Snellings contributed 264 hours in 2013. The award recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated dedication, commitment, […]

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