OMC budget set for 2014

Oconee Medical Center leaders expressed confidence last night that they go into a new fiscal year with a sound budget, though it reflects the continuing realities of health care’s changing landscape. Approved by the board of directors was a budget projecting spending at nearly $138 million and revenues of $140 million. The budget raises hospital charges by 5%, but vice […]

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Sheriff completes national institute

  Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw completed the 104th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute this month in Aurora, Colorado. It’s a no-cost program, co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Crenshaw, nine months into his four-year term in office, joined 26 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today.

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Final resolution to take further meetings

Making sure that Duke Energy has covered everything that should be in its review for a potential Jocassee dam failure is the reason for a meeting tomorrow near Washington, but a spokesman for the government says tomorrow’s meeting is considered routine and will require more meetings before Duke submits a final product to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC’s Roger […]

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“Stop Pioneer Now” claims victory

Rare is it that a citizen’s group fighting City Hall can claim victory. But that’s the stance the coalition “Stop Pioneer Now” takes in its almost three-year battle with Pioneer Rural Water District. The coalition of water district customers resisted their supplier’s project to build a treatment plant inside a residential area on Lake Hartwell. They fought and won, even […]

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Servicemen honored

Four servicemen killed in a plane crash in the mountains of Pickens County in 1950 were honored with a remembrance service near where the plane went down. More than 70 people made the trek to Bully Mountain in the Franklin Gravely Wildlife Management Area of Jocassee Gorges to attend the service last Monday and to see a granite monument placed […]

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A Democratic campaign house party

Oconee County Democrat Paulette Keffas-Chassin says, in 2010, Vincent Sheheen came within 60 votes of winning South Carolina governor. Keffas-Chassin believes 2014 will be Sheheen’s time. To work toward, Sheheen’s election she is hosting a house party at 6 tomorrow night at 140 Westlake Drive, Seneca, and everyone who believes in the Democratic hopeful is welcome.

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Sign up for the ACA

In advance of the national health care law, the Oconee County community has begun to position itself to help the un-insured to qualify for coverage. A group contracted to register un-insured South Carolinians for benefits that start 2014 has announced an information and sign-up meeting in Seneca. The alliance AHA invites un-insured Oconee and Pickens residents to Seneca’s Gignilliat Center […]

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Official: It’ll be Burt!

Mayor Dan Alexander said a movie that’ll be shot in Seneca and parts Oconee will headline Burt Reynolds. It’s called “Elbow Grease” and the mayor made the official announcement last night during Jazz on the Alley at Ramcat Alley, where a good bit of the movie is to be shot. Alexander calls “Elbow Grease” a southern comedy with a touch […]

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