Explosives Amnesty Week Begins

Oconee County along with four other upstate counties is participating in “Explosives Amnesty” this week.  Monday October 22 through Friday October 26, residents of Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville and Greenville counties can contact their local sheriff’s department to have any explosives, ammunition, weapons, bomb materials or military ordnance removed from their property.  Authorities will request information about the materials to […]

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Willkommen! The 34th Oktoberfest Under Way

The 34th Annual Oktoberfest is in full swing this weekend!  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 10, and children under 3 are admitted for free.  Saturday’s events include crafts and food booths from 9 am to Midnight.  Carnival rides begin at 10 am.  The Oktoberfest Dancers will put on a show between 11:15 am and Noon.  […]

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Military Appreciation Day at Clemson

Saturday is Military Appreciation day atClemsonUniversity.  During Saturday’s Clemson-Virginia Tech football game, the college’s Athletic Department will pay tribute to veterans, fallen soldiers and those now serving in the armed forces.  A special tribute will be made to Major Rudolf Anderson, who was the only victim of enemy fire during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Major Anderson was a 1948 Graduate […]

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Public Workshops focus on Water Management

The US Army Corps of engineers is planning two public workshops focusing on water management and the current drought.  The first meetings will be Wednesday & Thursday, October 24 & 25 from 4:30 to 8 at Westside High School in Anderson.  The workshops will include discussions on lake level predictions, water conservation management, hydropower production and water management operations of […]

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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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