Cause of Death Determined in House Fire

Autopsies have been performed on the couple who died in an early morning house fire in Seneca.  Oconee Coroner Karl Addis says both Edgar Blake Smith and his wife Patsy Hughes Smith died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation.  Both Mr & Mrs Smith were 73.  Emergency units responded to Friday morning 911 call, which reported a house […]

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Radon Awareness

The Surgeon General has proclaimed this week as Federal Radon Action week.  Health agencies throughout the United States are joining forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.  Radon is a naturally occurring invisible odorless radioactive gas.  One in 15 American homes contains a high level of the gas.  A recent Harvard University study ranked […]

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Seneca Fire Claims Couple

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that claimed two lives in Seneca.  Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says 73 year old Edgar Blake Smith and his wife, 73 year old Patsy Hughes Smith died in an early morning house fire.  The Coroner says a 911 call was received around 2:30 this morning reporting a house fire at 102 Sunnyview Drive which […]

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Unemployment Drops in SC

South Carolina’s unemployment rate is down this month, by ½ point.  Since September, South Carolina’s number of unemployed dropped by more than 10,500.  According to Palmetto Workforce Connections, South Carolina’s current unemployment rate is 9.1 percent.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Forty-one states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, six states posted rate increases, and three […]

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Help for Seniors during Open Enrollment

Oconee Medical Center is teaming with South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, or AAA,  to assist Medicare beneficiaries with enrolling or renewing their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.  Medicare counselors for the AAA’s Insurance Counseling & Referral for Elders or I-CARE program, will be on site at Oconee Medical Center to offer individual appointments.  Counselors can help by […]

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Mary Belle Stanton Crenshaw Nix

Mary Belle Stanton Crenshaw Nix, 87,  wife of R. Eugene Nix, Presbyterian Community, 801 Musgrove Street, Clinton, SC, formerly of Mountain Rest, SC, died Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Laurens County Healthcare in Clinton, SC. Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Bethel Presbyterian Church cemetery, Walhalla, SC. A Celebration of Life service will […]

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Jack Verner Pitts

Jack Verner Pitts, 80, husband of Shirley Mae Hatcher Pitts, of 809 Leafy Lane, Seneca, SC, died Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Richard Campbell Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held 4:00 Friday, October 19, 2012 at Bountyland Baptist Church with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:00, prior to the service, at […]

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Amy Genesis Stashluk

Amy Genesis Stashluk, infant child of Joseph and Amanda Stashluk passed away Monday, October 15, 2012. A memorial service will be held 2 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2012 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Amy Stashluk may be made in C/O Sandifer Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Westminster, SC 29693. Sandifer […]

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Sheriff’s Candidate Forum

The three petition candidates for the Oconee Sheriff’s race came together at a forum Thursday night, and they all three agree… Oconee’s biggest problem is drugs. During the forum, sponsored by the Clemson Area League of women voters, each candidate offered his idea of how to address the county’s drug problem. Former Oconee Sheriff’s office captain, Mike Crenshaw, pointed out […]

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