We’re 75,000-plus!

For the first time, according to government counters, Oconee County’s population has exceeded 75,000 inhabitants. 75,192 people made Oconee their home in 2014, according to the latest estimate from the Census Bureau. The number is an increase of 279 from the 2013 estimate. The next official nationwide census will take place in five years, but from year to year in […]

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Prisoner’s request called “frivolous”

State prisoner Dan Temple Jr. says his due date to be released is September 1, and when he is freed he wants protection from law enforcement. But, after hearing Temple’s plea yesterday, Oconee Common Pleas Judge Lawton McIntosh denied the prisoner’s request for a restraining order against the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. McIntosh termed Temple’s request frivolous and told him he […]

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Plans set for communitywide service

Plans are set for Walhalla’s communitywide Good Friday service. It’s an opportunity for worshippers from all faiths to congregate for the Easter season. This year’s service will be Friday at College Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ken Reid the speaker. A meal will be served at noon. The service begins at 12:30.

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Patrol cites driver in fatal bicycle accident

A spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol says the driver of a car involved in a fatal accident yesterday near the Oconee Regional Airport received a ticket for driving too fast for conditions. The accident, around 6 o’clock yesterday morning occurred on the Shiloh Road, took the lif of bicycle rider Michael Lee, a Seneca dentist. Dr. Lee was […]

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Supplies offers load management benefits

Westminster’s wholesale supplier for electricity is offering its member cities a load management program designed to save on the power bills that the cities and their retail customers pay. And this afternoon Westminster’s elected leadership is learning details about how DSM, or Demand Side Management, can lower the city’s costs of buying power, as well as that which is paid […]

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Bicycle fatality was Seneca dentist

The bicyclist killed in a traffic accident early today in a rural part of Oconee County has been identified as a Seneca dentist. Dr. Michael Lee, 55 years old, lived on Seneca’s Sherwood Drive. Lee died when riding his bike toward Seneca on the Shiloh road in the vicinity of the airport when, according to Coroner Karl Addis, the bike […]

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Fatal traffic accident near the airport

An accident this morning between Seneca and Clemson has taken the life of a bicyclist. Coroner Karl Addis says a 55-year old Seneca man died of traumatic injuries in an accident involving his bike and a motor vehicle. That accident was reported shortly after 6 this morning on the Shiloh Road at Harbin Acres Road—not far from the Oconee Regional […]

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Wearing camouflage and snake boots

A Walhalla man in camouflage and wearing boots strong enough to protect against snake bites was a reminder of the calendar’s turn to a new month. No, not April Fool’s Day. Rather it’s the start of turkey hunting season today in South Carolina. Gobblers in the wilds are not safe. As the temperatures rise, hunters are wise to wear protective […]

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Clemson doctoral student is a world traveler!

Clemson University doctoral student Christie Sampson frequently travels to remote regions of the world to reduce the conflict between humans and wild animals. Sampson has worked and conducted research throughout the United States on wolves and on humans and elephants in Sri Lanka and, most recently, in Myanmar. This month, her research on wildlife tracking will be part of an […]

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