Mountain top home fire

Fire fighters battled a mountain-top home fire last evening in the Holly Springs Community of Pickens County, off highway 178. Several Oconee fire fighters, trucks, and equipment were deployed to give assistance to the effort to stop the fire. Charlie King, Oconee County Fire Chief, said the contingent from his county were there for about three hours, beginning shortly after […]

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Need a job?

Those in need of a job may find one, or at least a lead toward gainful employment, during today’s Job Fair and Training Expo for residents of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. It takes place 9 a-m to noon in the Industrial and Business Development Center at the Pendleton campus of Tri-County Technical College. Among several employers to be represented […]

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Watering restriction lifted

Out of the drought, Duke Energy says it has lifted the restriction limiting lakeside residents to watering on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. A spokeswoman for the utility said, however, “We encourage prudent watering practices to protect this valuable shared resource.”

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Incident outside bar lands four in jail

The police in Seneca say they made four arrests early yesterday morning from a large crowd in the middle of a downtown street. The police say they were there, around 3:45 a-m, to disburse the crowd as the bar at 104 N. Cherry Street was closing for the night. All four people received police citations for public disorderly conduct and […]

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U-S Labor reaches agreement with area restaurants

Two area restaurants have agreed to pay workers back wages as part of a U-S Labor investigation. The agreement involves two El Jimador Mexican restaurants—one in Clemson and the other in Westminster, and requires the restaurants to pay more than $74 thousand in back wages. Michelle Garvey, director of the Columbia wage and hour office of the Labor Department, tells […]

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Doing “doughnuts” in the field

A Seneca police report estimates $2 thousand damage by vandals last week at Blue Ridge Field on Holland Avenue. The police were alerted to pick up trucks doing doughnuts at 2 o’clock Friday morning and within vicinity of the field and park stopped two trucks on nearby E. South Second Street. Their suspicions were heightened after spotting grass markings on […]

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Chamber gets new executive director

  The Oconee Chamber of Commerce at Seneca gets a new executive director. According to the announcement, Jillian Lusk is an experienced chamber executive from St. Petersburg, Florida who has ties to Oconee County. Her husband is Brock Lusk, an Oconee native and Major in the Air Force. Jillian Lusk begins her new duties a week from today, August 19.  

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Mishap for Lake Jocassee diver

A man required medical treatment Saturday when he felt ill during a deep dive in water 300 feet deep in Lake Jocassee. At the time, he was part of an outing led by commercial divers. According to responders, the man began a slow ascent to the surface and was able to make required decompression stops while ascending. He wound up […]

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Home damaged but repairable

Lightning struck a three-story home near Salem Saturday afternoon, setting off a fire that damaged two rooms inside a home  in the Cliffs at Keowee South development. Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, said the home at 405 Evergreen Trail is repairable. The first set of fire fighters to reach the scene found the home full of smoke. Two occupants made […]

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Arson probe training August 11-16

Oconee’s public safety personnel this week take training in arson investigative techniques. This training, to be offered with the help of the state police, will center on techniques, case study, fire behavior and the need to document what’s found at arson scenes. Charlie King, Oconee fire chief, considers the August 11-16 training especially timely. County Emergency Services is turning to […]

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