Food Stamp use rises in Oconee

The use of food stamps in Oconee County increased during the recession. A college professor in Mississippi says the increased use contributed to local spending and, at the same time, helped sparked a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. In 2011, three years ago, the proportion of Oconeeans receiving food stamps hit 15.2%, according to the […]

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Paul Cain “now released”

Now that Andy Inabinet has officially withdrawn from Tuesday’s special election in Oconee County Council District Three, Paul Cain is free to openly solicit write-in votes. Chairman Bob Skipp of the Oconee Republican Party, in a statement late Friday afternoon, said, “It is the position of the Oconee County Republican Party that Paul Cain is now released from the requirements […]

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Special Election UPDATE

Oconee Elections Office awaits contact this afternoon from the county Republican Party with word that the party has officially accepted Andy Inabinet’s request to withdraw from Tuesday’s special election. At this point, it appears there will be an election Tuesday. According to Joy Brooks, elections director, once the Inabinet withdrawal is official, Paul Cain will be free to actively campaign […]

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Breach of trust arrest

An employee of a certified public accountant firm near Seneca has been arrested and charged with taking money from one of the firm’s clients. The arrest of Lisa Amanda Greer, 43-year old Pendleton resident, on the charge of breach of trust with fraudulent intent was announced this afternoon by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. The arrest followed an audit that made […]

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Arrest made in Salem store burglary

A broken window at Salem’s Dollar General Store, found early Wednesday morning, has led to the arrest of a 19-year old man. Police Chief Dave Poulson says his department used video evidence to help charge Randal Hugh Ramey of the Wander Road with burglary second degree and petty larceny. After finding the store front window broken, Poulson says the police […]

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Multiple charges against 37-year old Oconeean

With the help of the Seneca police, Oconee sheriff’s officers arrested Timothy Howard Elrod at a Seneca apartment complex on multiple charges. Those charges against the 37-year old Elrod, resident of the Old Clemson Highway, include burglary, larceny and weapons. According to the Sheriff’s Office, they arose from a burglary this month at a home on the S. Alexander Road, […]

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Drug crackdown in the Upstate

Announcements in Pickens and Columbia today of arrests and indictments in a couple of drug trafficking operations across Upstate South Carolina counties. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced 35 people indicted in marijuana and prescription drug trafficking operation and 17 in a methamphetamine operation. Among those indicted by the state grand jury are four Oconee County residents. Jennifer Christine Young, 31, […]

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Inabinet pulls out!

Andy Inabinet announced late this morning his withdrawal from this year’s elections to decide the next Oconee County councilman from District Three. He released this statement: “It is with much heartache and sorrow that I announce I am resigning from my campaign for Oconee County Council District 3 seat. Over the past few weeks my wife Mary and I have […]

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Amenity added to the Foothills Trail

South Carolina’s first long-distance hiking trail has a new amenity that’s going to be helpful for many of the hikers who set out for a mountain walk between the Oconee and Table Rock state parks. State leaders, state park officials, and several hiking enthusiasts turned out for a ceremony to cut the ribbon to an asphalt parking lot at what […]

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Corbeil: Cammick jobs plan not needed

Paul Corbeil says the jobs plan that Edda Cammick says she’s working on is not needed by Oconee County. At last night’s forum Corbeil, the incumbent from Council District One, said the county has a strategic plan which addresses the need for economic development which creates jobs. But his opponent, Cammick, said Corbeil’s attitude about her jobs plan is exactly […]

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