Veterans and their spouses get priority

In South Carolina, the federal government’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity law supports training programs that help job seekers prepare for employment and businesses to access employment and training opportunities.  Services are delivered through South Carolina’s Works system.  Works Centers are located in most counties, including Pickens County at 1376 Tiger Boulevard.  Eligible veterans and spouses get priority for training and […]

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Homicide near Easley

  Pickens sheriff’s officers are working a homicide near Easley.  The coroner says the victim, 27-year old Justin Smith of Piedmont, was shot several times at 1308 Prince Perry Road.  Coroner Kandy Kelley says the homicide occurred yesterday morning.    

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Oconee Drug Court celebrates its first graduate

A 52-year old man named “Ricky” overcame a relapse into drugs and has turned his world around for the better, and yesterday became the first graduate of the Oconee County Drug Program.  A celebration, presided over by Magistrate Will Derrick, was staged in the Seneca Magistrate’s Court.  Among others the event was attended by members of Ricky’s family, law enforcement, […]

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Shoplifters victimize store near Seneca

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office makes a public appeal for information that will help solve a case of shoplifting that occurred Monday, December 5 at the Dollar General on Shiloh Road.  An employee confronted two people, but the pair left the store without paying for items worth about $30 dollars.  Some of the stolen goods were recovered by the employee.  If […]

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Lake Keowee island shoreline to be stabilized

FOLKS—Friends of Lake Keowee—has been given the go ahead by Duke Energy to stabilize the shoreline of a lake island known as a home to 11 Great Blue Herons and their chicks.  The island sits at the north end of Lake Keowee, near the Cliffs Lakehouse Restaurant.  Jack Lewis, FOLKS President, said, “We were fearful that the island will continue […]

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Arrest made four months after home burglary

A 40-year old man has been jailed in Oconee on charges from a summer time home burglary near Salem. The crime occurred on Jasmine Tea Lane.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Alvin McWhite was charged with first degree burglary and grand larceny.  White has given authorities two addresses:  Pelzer and Greenville.  Oconee investigators believe McWhite entered the home and […]

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Pickens man draws 28-year prison term

Pickens resident Jose Reyes Reyes has been sent to prison for 28 years after being convicted by a Pickens County jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor first degree.  Reyes is 29 years old.  He must service nearly 24 years of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.  According to an announcement by Walt Wilkins, Greenville-Pickens Solicitor, the […]

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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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