First case of mosquito-borne illness in horses

The South Carolina state veterinarian has confirmed this year’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. An un-vaccinated horse died from the disease in Barnwell County. The mosquito-borne illness in horses can also affect people. Vaccination can prevent the disease in horses. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health, urges horse owners to check with their veterinarian—especially […]

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Taking the wraps off “Project Crystal”

An OconeeCounty community, long skipped over when it comes to economic growth, is in line for an employer with plans for 31 jobs.  Space is set aside on next week’s County Council agenda for a public hearing on “Project Crystal”—now identified as a chemical maker with plans to locate on Newry Road.  Richard Blackwell, director of Oconee Economic Alliance, released […]

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Courtroom surprise!

A General Sessions Court witness called to the stand invoked the 5th amendment in a drug trial at the Oconee County Courthouse.  The trial ended with a conviction by the jury against a defendant charged with distribution of crack cocaine.  The sentence handed down to Gerome Chris Smith amounts to eight years in prison and five years probation.  According to […]

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Streetscape today!

Streetscape crews are to start excavating for the bases for the new downtown light poles.  Some of the old poles removed yesterday on Main, between Tugaloo and College, proved an adventure, as the workers were unsure what they would find in the ground holding the old poles.  New water service work starts today on the block between College and Catherine.  […]

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Community leaders complete program

Seventeen community leaders graduated from Oconee Foundation Fellows program, after six months of exploring issues surrounding health care today.  Since it began in 2008, more than 165 community leaders have graduated from the OMH Foundation Fellows program.  This year’s class included Judy Barnaskey, Chase Burkett, Anna Connelly, Bo Crader, Dr. Chuck Garabadian, Sam Head, Kade Herrick, Bonnie Holmes, Jan Jerome, […]

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Streetscape pace likely to impact Oktoberfest

A Walhalla councilman terms as “a real possibility” that Oktoberfest 2015 will arrive this fall without the finish of Streetscape.  It had been the hope of city leaders that the work on the entire four-block core commercial area could be finished by the third weekend in October, but delays throw that hope into question.  Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem Tjay Bagwell says, however, […]

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Little rest for the fire fighters

Oconee Rural Fire Control reports a flare-up this morning of yesterday’s fire that destroyed an old farmhouse at Townville.  Fire fighters were called back to the scene on the Perry Woolbright Road near South Carolina 24.  Shane Gibbs, county fire marshal, says investigators are trying to determine why the original fire started in the unoccupied house.  Fire fighters responded yesterday […]

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Hiker’s fall broken by small ledge

A 16-year old boy’s fall at IssaqueenaFalls north of Walhalla was stopped by a small ledge, and there he remained stranded until rescuers were able to extricate him to safety.  According to Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services, rescuers used a system of ropes and rappelled down to his rescue.  They found him 75 feet below the walking trail.  Krein […]

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Townville home fire

Fire broke out this morning at an unoccupied house in Towvnville, on the Perry Woolbright Road.  Charlie King, the Oconee Fire Chief, says the cause of the fire is being investigated.  Several southern Oconee volunteer fire departments, along with Seneca Rescue,  were sent to the fire.  

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