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Joblessness inches its way upward

August 18, 2014

Unemployment in both Oconee County and South Carolina increased in the month of July. The Department of Employment and Workforce report covering the summer month shows the state’s rate rose nearly one-half of a percentage point—from 5.3% in June to 5.7% in July. For Oconee County, the size of the increase was nearly identical—from 6.2%…

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Welcome back follows move-in

August 18, 2014

Clemson became a sea of u-hauls for the annual move-in weekend. But tonight’s a time for festivities ahead of the new academic year. The official welcome back festival takes place this evening. And that’ll mean a part of College Avenue downtown, from Keith Street to highway 93, will be closed starting at 4:45 this afternoon…

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Walhalla fire leads to the arrest of Georgia woman

August 16, 2014

A 31-year old Toccoa, Georgia woman has been arrested in Oconee County and charged with third degree arson at a home in Walhalla. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office seeks a second person related to the crime. The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest by the Walhalla police of April Dawn Lakey originally on the charge of forgery…

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Sadness within Oconee’s public service community

August 16, 2014

The death Friday of a long-time devotee to government service in Oconee has moistened the eyes of those who knew him. At the age of 50 years old, Westminster resident Bobby Williams died at Greenville’s St. Francis Hospital. He’s remembered as a fire chief and city councilman in his home town, as well as the…

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Political qualifying ended today!

August 15, 2014

The books closed today for ballot candidates in two contests that’ll be part of this year’s November General Election in Oconee County. Don Stone was the only candidate for one of two seats in the Beaverdam Watershed Conservation District. An election spokeswoman said voters in selected southern Oconee County communities may fill the other seat…

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Equine encephalitis confirmed in South Carolina

August 15, 2014

South Carolina’s state veterinarian announced today that two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been confirmed in the state. A horse that died in Darlington County and a miniature donkey that died in Horry County recently tested positive for the disease. The fatal form of encephalitis is a mosquito-borne illness in horses that can also…

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August is anticipation month for Oconee’s Auditor

August 15, 2014

In the dog days of summer, Oconee County’s Ken Nix is a man of anticipation. At his Pine Street office Nix, the Oconee County auditor, awaits word from the state as to the 2014 assessment of Duke Energy’s Oconee County holdings. And the word could arrive within days. The assessment is all-important for Nix as…

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Clemson to start its 122nd academic year

August 15, 2014

Clemson University will formally begin its 122nd academic year at the convocation at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. President James Clements has enlisted the services of his counterpart at Arizona State University, Michael Crow, to provide the keynote address. Clements serves in national organizations with Crow and has been…

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Those on sex offender registry may access internet

August 15, 2014

Oconee Sheriff’s Office hopes to clear the air about how the law applies to individuals on the sex offender registry. Deputy Kelly Winchester says sex offender registrants may have social media sites and access to the internet, as long as certain information is provided. Winchester serves as the sex offender registrar for the Sheriff’s Office.…

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Sheriff to fulfill campaign promise

August 14, 2014

The second-year Oconee Sheriff said today he’s hopeful of fulfilling a campaign pledge by the end of the year. And that promise from Mike Crenshaw is to complete his examination of the $500 thousand worth of drug money embezzled from the Sheriff’s Office over a near three-year period starting in 2007. Although not Sheriff when…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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