Fire alarm wails through the night!

Last night was proof that the fire alarm works at the new still-to-be-opened Oconee Jail. The alarm went off last night while workers were repairing a pump.  Major Steve Pruitt, jail director, said they thought they had the alarm silenced by 11:30, but it sounded again during the night.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the culprit was a malfunctioning switch and […]

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Seneca changes wrecker service

Seneca this week approved a contract with a new wrecker service operator.  After a closed session Tuesday night, the city council awarded Cartee Wrecking a two-year deal.  Cartee replaces Randy’s Towing as the city’s official wrecker service.  Police Chief John Covington says, “People can still use who they want as long as that company has a city business license (when […]

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Arrest made in school incident

The arrest of a Greenville man accused during an incident at an Oconee public school took place Tuesday, according to an announcement today by the Sheriff’s Office.  Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson, charged with disturbing school, was booked into the detention center and later released on the same day.  Nicholson’s personal recognizance bond, covering charges by the Sheriff’s Office and the highway […]

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“We are still waiting on Michelin”

The first two months of next year could be key as to whether Michelin builds its distribution center in Oconee County.  The company’s purchase-option arrangement for the Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play was to have expired December 31, but Oconee’s executive director of industrial recruiting says, at Michelin’s request, the arrangement was recently extended until the end of […]

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West-Oak FFA competes in national convention

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Seven West-Oak students and four recent graduates were in Louisville, Kentucky for the annual convention and expo of the FFA.  They were accompanied by advisors Duncan Pfaehler and Randi Leigh Davis.  The FFA is a national organization that develops student potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture.  The participants from West-Oak High took part in competitions with […]

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Dollar General seeks a special exception

The retail chain Dollar General wants to build a store at the rural Oconee intersection of Ebenezer and Keowee School roads, and a request to make a special zoning exception will be aired tonight at Pine Street.  Frances McMahan Blakely is one neighbor who would welcome Dollar General to her community as an asset.  But her opinion is not shared […]

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Students get an idea of how the legal system works

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What happens when a classroom becomes a courtroom?  At Southern Wesleyan University students were able to gain insight into the legal system and how it works. District 3 State Rep. Gary Clary of Pickens County took on the role of judge for a “mock trial” in which students played roles that included plaintiff and defense attorneys, jurors, witnesses, plaintiffs and […]

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The cost to build Oconee’s Tech campus

A figure of $5 million dollars to build an Oconee County campus of Tri-County Technical College was given during a meeting this week in Walhalla.  County Administrator Scott Moulder gave the estimate during a presentation to the council’s budget and finance committee.  Property to build the Tech campus has been set aside inside the county’s Information and Technology Park on […]

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Fire department to run medical calls

Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department has selected December 1 as the date to inaugurate First Responder service from the station.  After a presentation Tuesday to the city council, Smith got the ahead.  First response to medicals within the corporate limits is currently provided by the Westminster Rescue Squad and Oconee Emergency Services.  “I don’t want to take […]

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