Topping off ceremony held for student center

Tri-County Technical College and Juneau Construction celebrated a milestone in the construction of the College’s $42-million Student Success Center with a topping off ceremony Thursday to commemorate the last piece of structural steel being put into place. In building construction, a topping off ceremony acknowledges when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction.  Targeted completion date […]

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James “Jim” Marion Alexander

Tamassee, SC — James “Jim” Marion Alexander, 82, husband of Willie Sue Moss Alexander, of 194 Lewin Way, Tamassee, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM, Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Cheohee Baptist Church with burial to follow at Alexander Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:30 PM, […]

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Katie Smith the new Clerk to Oconee County Council

In a special morning meeting, Oconee County Council approved Katie Smith as its next Clerk to Council.  Smith succeeds Beth Hulse and will start work Monday, according to Council Council Chairwoman Edda Cammick.  Smith is moving into her new duties after having worked for the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office during the tenure of the late Chrissy Adams.    

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Crimestoppers approves payouts

  Tips to Crimestoppers led to two arrests last month and the payout of reward money in those cases. Between April 2013 and January this year, the Crimestoppers board in Oconee County has paid out approximately $5,275.00 in reward money for 37 cases where arrests have been made or the cases have been cleared. “We encourage anyone with any information […]

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Impassioned plea on behalf of adult literacy

Westminster Rotarians were urged to act and spread the word about the need to help reduce the problem of adult illiteracy.  The plea came from Judith Prince of Greenville, literacy chairperson for the Rotary district.  Prince gave examples of the importance of adult literacy and how it can be an obstacle for illiterate adults to function in the world.  She […]

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Tri-counties remain in severe drought

Wet pavements indicate a light rain fell during the night, but the drought remains severe for Oconee, Anderson and Pickens counties.  Elsewhere, adequate winter rain has allowed for an upgrade in the status of 15 other South Carolina counties.  All counties in the northeast region maintained their current statuses of no drought.  Richland and Lexington counties, in the central region […]

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West Union home fire

Fire struck a West Union home around 2:30 yesterday afternoon on Linhart Road near Anderson Street.  No one reported hurt, but the Red Cross says five adults and one child were displaced by the damage.  Disaster-trained Red Cross volunteers provided immediate financial assistance for temporary lodging and the replacement of food and clothing, along with comfort kits, containing personal hygiene […]

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Litter measured nine feet tall, 15 feet wide

An Oconee County man has been arrested on the charge of littering.  It’s an allegation against a 39-year old man who is accused of dismantling a structure on the Theo Martin Road near Westminster and dumping the remains and contents on a neighboring property without permission.  The man charged has been identified as Terry Richard Gassaway, and authorities list two […]

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Walhallan shares thoughts on Black History

  A white Walhalla area resident remembers disadvantages that blacks encountered before the Civil Rights era ushered in an end to segregation.  And Jim Sanders remembers that as a white person he felt guilty.  For whatever reason, he was not mindful of prejudice while growing up and playing baseball in a Walhalla mill community.  He excelled at the game and […]

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