DHEC consent orders involve two Oconee entities

Consent orders are proposed to settle matters involving the state Department of Environmental Control and two Oconee County entities.  Separate matters involving the Oconee School District and Ulbrich Specialty Wire near Westminster are to be resolved by action tomorrow of the D-HEC board in Columbia.  In the matter of land-disturbing activity at the Ravenel Elementary School, the Oconee district faces […]

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Grant received by Clemson University scientist

Novelists often employ arsenic poisoning as a dramatic tool to kill off a character. But in real life, chronic exposure at non-deadly levels can still cause a bevy of harm, resulting in loss of muscle mass, memory disruption, impaired sensory abilities, and damage to blood vessels and cancer. The World Health Organization estimates that 200-300 million people, including 13 million Americans, are […]

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Board members nominated for new terms

  Customers of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative appear satisfied by those who represent their interests on the Co-Op’s policy-making board.  During district meetings the following board members were re-nominated for new terms on the board of directors:  Len Talley of Oconee, Ben Bolt of Anderson County, and William Elrod of Pickens County.  A vote of the multi-county customer membership will […]

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Walhalla convenes water plant project meeting

Walhalla City Hall filled last night with contractor and architect representatives and the city council convened an executive session for the purpose of reaching a contract for the city’s project to build a new treatment plant.  Just prior, Mayor Edwards expressed uncertainty as to whether his city would reach a deal with the Harper Corporation and a set price for […]

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School bus wreck on narrow Walhalla street

The police say no one was hurt when a car and an Oconee school bus collided on S. Catherine Street in Walhalla, but the accident scene led city officials once again to talk about what can be done to enhance safety there.  Later in the City Hall lobby one city councilman questioned the police chief about whether the city should […]

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Davis appeals to Pioneer for “90-day halt”

  Julian Davis III requested the board at Pioneer Rural Water to suspend work on the treatment plant for 90 days to allow questions to be answered.  Davis said he was not speaking this afternoon as an Oconee County councilman.  Instead he raised concerns that he and other Pioneer customers have about the water supplier incurring long-term debt and the […]

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TV sets preferred item for Wal-Mart shoplifter

Television sets were the preferred item of a shoplifter who struck the Seneca Wal-Mart three times during the last week of February.  The crimes occurred February 21, 24, and 26 and the worth of the stolen TVs exceed $2 thousand.  The Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help to identify a while male considered to be a suspect. If you have any […]

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Walhallans charged with offenses in two locales

The stop of a U-Haul truck late Saturday night in Westminster resulted in charges made against two Walhallans—charges that were laid in two separate police jurisdictions.  The Westminster police identified Kenneth Street, Walhalla residents Jeffrey Wayne Landrith and Brittany Leanne Jones as the driver and passenger of the truck.  According to Chief Dean Awalt, charges against Landrith and Jones were […]

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So long, red lights?

In the not-too-distant future, when all the cars on the roads drive themselves, traffic and traffic lights won’t be necessary. Americans, who currently spend 7 billion hours and 3 billion gallons of extra fuel a year sitting in traffic, will have to find new excuses for being late. “Our cities are very congested and a lot of that congestion happens […]

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