Military to be paid during government shutdown

Senator Lindsey Graham says he has made it a priority to ensure that military officers in uniform be paid during the government shutdown. According to the South Carolina Republican’s office, the bill to do just that was signed into law late last night by President Obama. According to the senator’s office, Graham last week warned that anyone who stood in […]

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Benchmark test results

South Carolina released End-of-Course test results for Algebra, Biology, English, and U-S History and the Constitution. The exam counts 20% of a student’s final course grade in the classes, and the exams are given to students at the end of the semester in which they are scheduled to complete the course. Oconee School district met or exceeded state pass rate […]

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Sheriff Crenshaw’s third graduate

 A graduate of The Citadel, Justin Pelfrey, completed basic training last month at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and became the third such academy graduate since Mike Crenshaw took office January 1. During commencement exercises in Columbia, Deputy Sheriff Pelfrey was named winner of the Distinguished Graduate Award and Challenge Award. It means that he graduated at the top […]

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Westminster’s very own….

Everyone is invited to take the opportunity tonight to meet a new ambassador for Oconee County’s natural attractions. The Westminster Area Historic Preservation Society hosts a meet and greet event for Charlotte Waters, who grew up in Westminster, and has recently gone to work as the sales manager for Oconee County’s Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event will […]

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How agriculture ties to senior citizens health

A responsibility of the South Carolina lieutenant governor is the health and well being of the state’s oldest citizens. From the lectern during last night’s Third Annual “Steak in Oconee”, Glenn McConnell drew a line that connects agriculture with the lives of senior citizens. “Though eating well is important to all of us no matter what our age, it is […]

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U-S agriculture the envy of the world!

A speaker during last night’s third annual farm to table dinner said the rest of the world can only sit back and admire the efficiency and the prowess of United States agriculture of which, Tom Dobbins says, South Carolina plays a great part. At times, farming may lack the glamour of other jobs and require hard work, but for Dobbins […]

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Fair officially opens

At the close of last night’s “Steak in Oconee” dinner to celebrate Oconee agriculture, Stanley Gibson welcomed the crowd to this year’s South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair. The old-fashioned fair starts a five-day run on highway 123 between Seneca and Westminster. Gibson, the fair president, says a canned drive and ticket sales tonight are to be donated to the Golden […]

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Head-on I-85 crash narrowly averted

A noon hour car accident on I-85 in Oconee County barely missed a head-on accident that responders believe would have been a catastrophe. Northbound traffic backed up from the 1.5 mile marker as far as Georgia while a car was removed. That car, headed southbound, ended up in the median after it cleared safety wires and spun into the inside […]

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DHEC confirms flu’s arrival in SC

Influenza, or “the flu”—call it what you will—has officially arrived in South Carolina! “Our agency’s Bureau of Laboratories has confirmed five cases of flu in the Midlands area of the state,” said Linda Bell, M.D. and state epidemiologist. “This confirmation reinforces the need for vaccination and the good sense steps to prevent the spread of the flu virus.” Influenza is […]

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