Early morning fire in southern Oconee

The occupants of a burning home in the vicinity of Coneross Creek Road are reported to have escaped this morning without injury. This morning’s fire occurred on Webb Heights Circle inside the Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department district. From around 12:30 this morning, the fire kept numerous Oconee fire stations busy for about two and a half hours. The cause of […]

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Seneca senior is arts scholar

One of Seneca High’s top students is the recipient of this year’s James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts. Bethany Williams receives a scholarship in the amount of $1 thousand a year for the next four years.  Twenty years ago, one year after Brown’s death, while county superintendent, private interests set up the scholarship for a senior who plans to […]

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Protecting children with asthma

At least one of every ten children in the U-S get the chronic illness asthma. Asthma attacks occur when the breathing tubes to the airways get irritated and plug up so it is hard to breathe. South Carolina Asthma Alliance has started a program to protect children. Mike Bowman, pediatric pulmonologist at the Medical University Hospital of South Carolina, recommends […]

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West Union leaders to hear about YoGo Express

At their regular meeting tomorrow, West Union leaders will hear about the plans for a new Main Street restaurant.  Scott Shaffer will address the town council during the public session of the meeting that is to start at 6 o’clock at Town Hall.  Shaffer and his wife, Patty, are the new co-owners of the former Dairy Queen.  They intend to […]

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Second special meeting to take up proposed agreement

Oconee County Council members gather in special session tomorrow to consider what the county attorney has to say about a proposal that would end a lawsuit aimed at recovering back taxes allegedly owed by the owners of a plane that was kept at the county airport. County Attorney Tom Martin during last Friday’s special meeting asked for until the close […]

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Volvo Cars selected Charleston area for U-S plant

Volvo Car Corporation has selected Berkeley County for its first manufacturing plant in the Western hemisphere. An announcement this morning by state officials says, at first, Volvo will aim to produce about 100 thousand cars a year. At a location in northwestern Berkeley County, the plant is expected to create 2,000 new jobs over 10 years and up to 4,000 […]

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Dentist lawsuit against hospital

A lawsuit has been filed for an Oconee County dentist against the local hospital and two of its officials. At the heart of the suit is a dental clinic that the hospital created in 2013 to serve indigent patients. The plaintiff dentist, Dr. Robert Strum, served as clinic director until, according to the claim filed by Walhalla attorney Larry Brandt, […]

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Public schools hold open enrollment period

Oconee School District has moved this year’s open enrollment deadline until June 1. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, is reminding students and parents that the June 1 date is fast approaching to apply to attend a school outside a student’s assigned attendance area. Three standards must be met for the district to approve a request.

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Tara Williams pursued degree after layoff

For a young, single mother, a job layoff two years ago turned out to be the thing to inspire her to further education. Tara Williams graduates Friday with a 4.0 from Tri-County Technical College. Just as important to her, however, are the independence and financial stability that she has also acquired. Williams took advantage of her status as a dislocated […]

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May is ALS Awareness Month in South Carolina

All South Carolinians are urged to work together this month to raise awareness of a devastating disease. May is Amyoptrohic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in the state, and tomorrow Governor Haley will host a reading of a proclamation. ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The Muscular […]

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