Conservation causes benefit from bike ride

The cause for land conservation was a beneficiary of a bike ride last weekend over rolling hills and through valleys of northern Oconee County. The number of riders for Oconee Forever’s Rally in the Valley has increased the last two years, with this year’s entrants numbering 181. The riders included Greenville resident Martin Remick who is quoted by the organizers […]

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Oconee establishes Adult Drug Court

May is National Drug Court Month, but until yesterday Oconee County missed out on the observance. That changed late yesterday afternoon with an announcement by Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams that the Seneca Magistrate’s Office will be the location for the court-supervised program for non-violent offenders with an alcohol or drug addiction. An adult drug program operates in Anderson County and […]

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NRC confab with Duke officials

Seated at opposite tables in a large conference room, officials have concluded their meeting today in a large Duke Energy building outside the security checkpoints at the Oconee Nuclear Station. This meeting was called by the NRC to talk about various projects designed to make the nuclear plant safer to operate and safer to those who live in its vicinity. […]

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Thorsland’s comments on May 19 meeting in Salem

Here are comments from a statement released today by Dr. Michael Thorsland, Superintendent of Oconee public schools, on the May 19 meeting that he, along with other district officials, attended in the auditorium at Tamassee-Salem High School:  “Someone asked me specifically if I would make the recommendation to the Board to close TSM&H.  I responded that I would have to […]

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Home fire and truck accident

A home fire followed by a truck accident a few hours later made for an early start to the day in the service area covered by Keowee Fire Department. During the 9 o’clock hour this morning, a tandem truck hit a guardrail at the traffic light intersection of SC 130/183 near Oconee Nuclear. The driver apparently suffered minor injuries, but […]

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Small high school to be safe from closing for 2015-16

Dr. Michael Thorsland, Oconee superintendent of education, is working on a statement in response to comments last night by the county council member representing the Salem area. Meantime, Chairman Andy Inabinet of the Oconee School Board of Trustees, says the county’s smallest high school, Tamassee-Salem, is safe from closing for at least one more year. The school district is about […]

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Data breach exposes personal information

Senator Tim Scott says, “…we are still in the process of determining who perpetrated this data breach….” The South Carolina Republican is speaking about the IRS admission that thieves used an online IRS service to gain access to information from more than 100 thousand taxpayers. Scott says he’s working with his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee to address what […]

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Graham in Israel

Senator Lindsey Graham will make his announcement for President Monday in his native Pickens County town of Central. Today, however, Graham is in Israel for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A member of the Armed Services Committee, Graham has long warned about the dangers of Israel’s enemy, Iran, with a nuclear capability.

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Who should groom Seneca’s public grounds?

Seneca’s leaders are being urged to appropriate money to hire the city’s first horticulturist or to retain a private landscape service. City Administrator Greg Dietterick said it’s time for Seneca to pay more attention to how its public grounds and parks look to the visitor from the outside, and he made the case for one or other during consideration last […]

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