Defunding Obamacare

The chairman of the Pickens County Republican Party is asking for a special meeting of his party’s statewide executive committee. Phillip Bowers is hoping the committee will pass a resolution urging South Carolina’s U-S senators—Scott and Graham—to defund Obamacare this week. “This is a critical issue, and we must ensure our party is resolute on the matter,” Bowers said in […]

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Motorcyclist hurt in SC 130 accident

The highway patrol has released details of an early morning accident yesterday on South Carolina 130—not far from the Oconee Nuclear Station. Lance Corporal Bill Ryne said the accident occurred on 130 occurred at Keowee River Road and involved a motorcycle driven by Tywan Smith of Central and a car driven by Glen Gendron, 19, of Six Mile. Smith required […]

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OMC to open SC’s first hospital dental clinic

Although put together in what hospital officials call a tight form, the new Oconee Medical Center budget is to offer new services—including the first hospital dental clinic in South Carolina. OMC’s Cortni Nations says the 4th floor clinic is to be staffed by a dental hygienist, but will rely on volunteer professionals to pull teeth. The lack of dental care […]

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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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