The pipeline explosion impact on local government

An interruption in fuel supply could have ramifications for local government, such as that which affects the running of school buses and the county’s fleet of service vehicles.  But at least one Oconee County department is in good shape.  The county airport near Clemson received a load of aviation fuel last week which should be enough to handle all air […]

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AAA’s take on the gas pipeline explosion

Gas prices are expected to increase after Colonial Pipeline shut down Lines 1 and 2 in response to last evening’s gasoline explosion in Shelby County, Alabama. The shutdown could have a major impact on supplies throughout the Carolinas, according to AAA. “If September’s shutdown was any indicator of what we should expect, prices are definitely going to spike at the […]

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FAA expands Clemson license to fly unmanned vehicles

Clemson University has been granted a blanket license by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aerial vehicles through out the U-S and to register more Clemson employees as UAV pilots.  Now, research engineer Joe Mari Maja can fly a “small UAV” weighing less than 55 pounds anywhere in the U-S.  Maja uses UAVs to monitor crop health and gather […]

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Oconee hospital receives award for philanthropy

The Tri-County Technical College Foundation named Oconee Memorial Hospital the 2016 recipient of its Philanthropist of the Year award. This is the Foundation’s highest and most prestigious honor reserved for individuals, foundations, companies, trusts, organizations or other entities that have made a significant financial contribution, either cash or non-cash, to the Foundation to support the work of the College.  Grayson […]

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One lane of I-85 southbound re-opens

One lane of southbound I-85 in northeast Georgia has re-opened to traffic.  An 18-wheeler is said to have rear-ended just inside the Georgia line before exit 177.  The back half of that trailer is described as smashed.  The driver, trapped temporarily, required extrication from the wreckage.  It’s not clear just yet what caused the accident.

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Carter seeks release from mental health custody

A man judged not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather in Oconee County seeks a new hearing to determine whether he requires additional hospitalization.  Papers were filed last week in the Oconee Common Pleas Court for Jason Mark Carter.  Debbie and Kevin Perkins were shot dead in 2006 in their home near […]

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E-filing debuts in the Common Pleas Court

A new way of doing business arrives today in the Oconee Common Pleas Court.  Today Oconee County becomes the 10th South Carolina county to implement electronic filing of all civil court documents.  No longer will attorneys or their representatives have to carry lawsuits and related documents to the county courthouse.  One of the benefits of electronic filings is documents may […]

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Johnny Smith

Westminster – Johnny Clarence Smith, 86, widower of the late Mary Magdaline Gibson Gibson Smith, 168 Pickens Road, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held 3:30 Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at First Baptist Church Cemetery officiated by Rev. Kenny Owen.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior to the service […]

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Appeals board communicating today with the judge

The Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals has reaffirmed an earlier decision to grant an exception that will allow Dollar General to build on the Ebenezer Road.  And according to Greg Gordos, county planner, a written communication is being sent today to Judge Lawton McIntosh, along with a rationale of why the board took the action.  The board’s decision is being […]

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