Toddler falls into swimming pool

A child fell into a swimming pool yesterday afternoon near the Blackjack Road. This morning that boy is reported in critical condition at a Greenville hospital. Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services reports  family members found the boy lifeless on Eleven Oak Drive, but bystanders were able to provide CPR until first responders arrived. And King credits the family members […]

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Political news ahead of the June primaries

Pickens County Republican Party sponsors a candidate stump meeting and pancake breakfast at 8 o’clock Saturday morning at the Pickens County Career and Technical Center on Chastain Road in Liberty. Local and statewide candidates plan to speak—including those running for Probate Judge, State House, Lieutentant Governor, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Education, Adjutant General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and U-S Senate. […]

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Drug bust on Salem’s Hill Street

The police at Salem have arrested two residents at 415 Hill Street, to wrap up what the police chief called a five-month undercover operation. Chief Dave Poulson says it led to charges Friday night against Tony Mark Segars and Velvet Ann Pritchett. The 48-year old Segars was charged with distribution of methamphetamine first offense. Both Segars and Pritchett were charged […]

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Late night crash injured four in Salem

A late night traffic accident injured four people in Salem, on Main Street near Alexander Road. Two pickup trucks were involved. Dave Poulson, Salem police chief, says two of the injured were flown to Greenville for medical treatment. Their conditions weren’t known to Poulson by early afternoon yesterday. Poulson says two other persons injured did not require hospital treatment. The […]

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Duncan gratified by committee formation

Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan has expressed approval that the House will form a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks. And Duncan, the Republican from Laurens, is touting his colleague from Spartanburg, Try Gowdy, as the most qualified to lead the investigation. Gowdy is a former criminal court prosecutor. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Clemson boil water advisory lifted

Clemson has repealed a boil water advisory that was issued Thursday for several neighborhoods at Clemson Downs and vicinity. Residents there no longer need to boil their water before using it. According to the city, samples taken were analyzed and were found to be safe. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Potholes damage tires of Carolina drivers

‘Ol Man Winter is out the door. But he left behind damage that drivers in the Carolinas are still feeling—and paying for. The motor club AAA has determined that winter’s effects on road pavement have made for a boom in tire repair and sales for automotive and repair facilities. Potholes have contributed to ruptured tires, bent wheel rims and twisted […]

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Copper thief strikes church

Copper thieves have targeted church property near Seneca. The crime was reported yesterday at the Oconee Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on the Rochester Highway. Pastor Robert Anderson told investigating deputy Beddingfield that someone cut the copper out of the air conditioning units. The loss was estimated at $1,500.       VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Free home fire inspection

Oconee County’s four municipal fire departments are offering free home inspections to those within their fire districts. It’s a collaborative effort to spread awareness of the potential fire dangers in the home and to enhance everyone’s safety. To schedule an appointment for a free inspection, call your department: Westminster Fire Department at 647-3206, Walhalla Fire Department at 638-4345, Salem Fire […]

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Arrest in one month old theft case

The charge of grand larceny has been placed against a 19-year old Oconee County man arrested in a one-month old investigation. The man arrested, Michael Andrew Poole Jr., of Owens Road, Seneca, was lodged in the Oconee Detention Center yesterday. Since March 31, sheriff’s officers have been investigating the theft of a pickup truck and boat trailer containing a pistol […]

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