Grants received by community dental clinic

The Mountain Lakes AccessHealth Community Dental Clinic recently received two grants to help offset Oconee’s only free dental clinic.  The Patterson Foundation awarded a $9 thousand grant and the Allstate Foundation awarded a $1 thousand grant.  The part time clinic is located inside the GHS Oconee Memorial Hospital and is the only dental clinic of its type to be housed […]

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Fire ban rescinded

The fire ban has been rescinded at the three Sumter National Forest districts, which include Andrew Pickens.  The lack of rainfall prompted the Forest Service to implement fire restrictions in mid-November as a precautionary measure.  That limited campfires to developed recreation areas in two districts and restricted all fires on a third.  Campfires are now permitted outside dev eloped recreation […]

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Marketplace insurance options available today in Easley

A statewide group is offering help to South Carolinians trying to make sense out of options for marketplace health insurance, as national insurance law deadline looms tomorrow. One of the locations that the Palmetto Project’s signupSC network will have enrollment assisters available this afternoon from 12 to 3 is the Pickens County Library at Easley.  Free appointments may be made […]

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Seneca leaders mull a New Year’s Eve bash

Members of Seneca City Council hesitated last night to authorize a celebration on Ramcat Alley on New Year’s Eve in which the one block street would be shut down to vehicular traffic.  The idea, according to City Administrator Greg Dietterick, would be to allow for a large screen TV on which revelers could watch the Clemson-Ohio State national playoff game […]

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Spec building recommended for Golden Corner park

An Oconee County Council committee will recommend the construction of a spec building at the Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play.  Council members Cain, Dexter and Thrift, meeting last night as the council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, voted to apply for a $3 million loan through the state’s Public Service Authority, Santee Cooper. The recommendation is subject to […]

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Motions made to dismiss civil case alleging fraud

Lawyers argued today in an Oconee courtroom to throw out civil claims against a bank and one of its former officers.  But the judge hearing the arguments indicated he first wants to read written arguments in the case of Debbie Baker Brookshire versus Community First Bank and former banker Benjamin Hiott.  Already, the court heard, 40 thousand pages of documents […]

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“Phenomenal projects” in the works, predicts Shea Airey

Remarks, photographs, and a blown up check in excess of $600 thousand dollars made for a celebration during this morning’s meeting of the Oconee Conservation Board.  As part of the re-licensing of its Keowee-Toxaway project, Duke Energy is donating $618 thousand dollars toward Oconee’s stalled efforts to protect valuable private lands from development.  Chairman Shea Airey predicted that “phenomenal projects” […]

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