Plea and sentence in the death case of two infants

A mother admitted her guilt today in the deaths of her two infant children, and she was sentenced in the Oconee General Sessions Court. A court officer said Melissa Cassandra Patton pleaded guilty to two charges of felony driving under the influence in the deaths New Year’s Day of Patton’s children: one-year old Taniya Gambrell and four-year old Sariya Dean. […]

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Fishing for the monster bass

The Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau is out with a reminder of the bountiful holdings that Oconee County waterways have for the angler. The CVB has arranged for a fishing show to be filmed this weekend on Lake Jocassee and has signed a new deal with the Bass Fishing League for at least one new tournament, maybe two, next […]

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A drop in Oconee’s jobless rate

The latest unemployment figures released by the state show Oconee County’s rate fell below 7%. For September, the jobless rate stood at 6.8%—down from 7.2% in August. Out of a county workforce of nearly 31 thousand, 700, those with jobs number 29,554. Oconee’s rate is two-tenths of a percentage point below the statewide rate which, for September, stood at 6.6%. […]

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Economic Alliance gets student help

Oconee Economic Alliance has engaged the help of a college student to advance the cause for economic development. Southern Wesleyan University student Darren Gessner is taking advantage of a new internship/mentoring program available to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in economic development. Gessner is a senior business major from Napoleon, Ohio. His responsibilities will include an […]

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How water resources are to be shared

A new agreement signed last week in Elberton, Georgia spells out how water resources are to be shared among the Duke Energy and U-S Army Corps reservoirs in the Savannah River Basin. The Army Corps of Engineers describes the operating agreement as increasing drought tolerance within the watershed and promoting conservation efforts. The agreement encompasses Duke’s Keowee-Toxaway Project (Lakes Jocassee […]

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No Child Left Behind rankings announced

Oconee public schools show improvement in newly-released report card ratings for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The Oconee district saw its rating improve, from 48th in the state last year to 33rd this year. Oconee’s elementary school rating increased. But both the ratings for the middle and high schools decreased. Mathematics continues to […]

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Ambulances collide in Walhalla

As the result of an accident yesterday in Walhalla, one of two Oconee Memorial Hospital ambulances involved in the accident was disabled. The accident yesterday morning on W. S. Broad Street involved two ambulances on their way to a call. Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus, said none of the EMS personnel was injured, nor was there any […]

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Oconeean arrested on attempted murder charge

An incident during the early morning hours last Friday at an apartment complex led the Westminster police to arrest a 30-year old Oconee County man on the charge of attempted murder. The police say the individual charged was Dennis James Duncan of Duncan Valley Road, Westminster. A police report says a 28-year old man, whose name was not released, was […]

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