Progress made in fire probe near Salem

Progress is reported in the investigation of a fire last week near Salem, inside the home development Cliffs at Keowee Falls. Joe Nichols, Salem Fire Marshal, says he will make an announcement, probably tomorrow. The fire damaged the porch at a home on Edgewater Point and about one-half acre of woodland. At the time, Nichols said, it was believed the […]

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“Substantial gas leak” precedes Fair Play fire

Oconee County Fire Marshal Shane Gibbs says his concerns and thoughts today are with the Fair Play restaurant waitress burned during yesterday morning’s fire. The waitress, identified as Brittany Alewine, was taken to be treated at the regional burn center near Augusta, Georgia. It was an explosive fire preceded by what Gibbs termed a substantial gas leak inside the Bootland […]

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Smoke scare in Westminster home

A smoke scare this morning at a Westminster home. At first indication, there was a fire at 309 Lakeside Drive, near the former Beacon Manufacturing plant. But Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said it turned out to be smoke from debris around a light bulb. No fire resulted and everyone inside 309 Lakeside Drive got out OK. […]

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End for coal-fired generation could hike rates

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative leaders are warning of a potential end for new coal-fired generating facilities in the country. And potentially that bodes badly for Blue Ridge’s ratepayers. If a certain scenario comes to be, Blue Ridge general manager Charles Dalton predicts, co-op customers could see their bills rise by 53%. The EPA has become increasingly concerned about climate change […]

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Sizeable financial loss at OMC

Another poor month for the bottom line at the Oconee Medical Center. The hospital’s board of directors last night accepted without comment reports of hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses above revenue. The March loss of $636,258 was chalked off to an ongoing decline in the number of patients spending the night in the hospital. For March, the average […]

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Candidate qualifies and is nominated

The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Commission has deemed attorney Scott Sprouse of Walhalla qualified to move into Seat Two, Tenth Circuit Judge, serving Oconee and Anderson counties. The commission yesterday gave Sprouse a unanimous vote as it nominated him to run in a May 28 election by the state legislature. He’ll go into that election unopposed to succeed Alex Macaulay […]

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State police probe potential voting irregularities

At Seneca’s request, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has begun investigating whether as many as four people voted illegally in last month’s city election. The election that decided four city council seats is in the books and its results have been certified. But Greg Dietterick, city administrator, says there’s a larger principle involved. And that is, he explains, to […]

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“Significant fire in the building”

An explosive fire at Fair Play today damaged a restaurant and left one employee with apparent serious burns. Charlie King, the Oconee fire chief, says the first set of Fair Play fire fighters to arrive at I-85, Exit 4 found significant fire inside the Bootland Restaurant and an injured female employee in the parking lot. The worker, who was not […]

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Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy grateful to lawmakers

Three South Carolina state lawmakers, two of them from Oconee and Pickens, are receiving recognition from the omstate Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. During a legislative day at the statehouse, Representative B-R Skelton of Pickens County will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his promotion of the health and well-being of SC teenagers. The campaign also will recognize Senator […]

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