100 new jobs at West Union’s Itron

Governor Henry McMaster is among leaders who today are extending official thanks to Itron for the manufacturer’s decision to add 100 jobs to its complex on highway 11 at West Union.  Word has been confirmed that Itron is moving its natural gas meter line from Kentucky to its West Union location.  An $8 million investment of new capital is planned.  […]

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Defendant changes plea, trial avoided

A jury was prepared to hear testimony, but an Oconee County criminal court defendant decided to plead guilty.  The plea, from Jeremy Stephen Black, to a pair of charges yesterday brought a sentence of three years in prison, suspended to one year and one year probation.  Black pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle and distribution, possession with intent […]

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Oconee turns its attention back to the Golden Corner Commerce Park

  Over the next two years, Oconee’s State “C” Fund Committee will commit $391 thousand dollars to re-build an entrance road to the county’s Golden Corner Commerce Park.  After a presentation this morning by Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance, the committee committed the funds.  Blackwell announced that, with support of the County Council, his office is completing a loan […]

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Five Walhalla seniors earn special certification

Five Walhalla High seniors are the first Oconee County students to earn mechatronics certification through a dual credit agreement with Tri-County Technical College.  The students are Chase Gagnon, Dylan Campbell, Chase Bentz, Michael Lefler and Jacob Ledbetter. They completed tuition-free dual credit courses at the Hamilton Career Center and will graduate high school with their Technical Operators Certification and will have […]

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Seneca student wins Pickens County poetry contest

A student at the Seneca Middle School won the teen category of a poetry contest sponsored by the Pickens County Library System to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.  Gunnison Alexander’s winning poem, “Dragon,” netted him a $50 dollar cash prize.  Gunnison and two other Seneca Middle finalists in the competition, Rose Haynes and Jacari Teague, were encouraged to participate […]

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Home burglary in Pickens County’s Dacusville community

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Burglary to a residence located at 115 Cherokee Trail in the Dacusville community that occurred Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Surveillance cameras at the home captured images of an unknown male approaching the residence on a bicycle moments before he forced entry into an outbuilding at approximately 8:15am. The male was then seen […]

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Even southern Californian taken aback by Clemson traffic

  You would think that someone from southern California wouldn’t bat an eye at the increasingly-congested Clemson area traffic.  But Dan Boyle has spent parts of the last year-plus in the area, and he can tell Clemson traffic is getting worse, for a variety of reasons.  Boyle’s San Diego company got the contract to study the future possibilities and changes […]

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Message heard yesterday: Reduce traffic by riding a bus

  The results of the CATbus Re-Imagining Study were shared yesterday during a couple of forums at Clemson.  The takeaway from last evening’s presentation at the bus service administration office is that there appears to be a bright future for bus transit in the area—as long as the federal government doesn’t cut back on funding.  That is an unknown, according […]

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Oconee teacher accepted for science training

A teacher Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary, Betsy Drake, has been accepted to Roper Mountain Science Training this summer in Greenville.  In a typical day, Drake teaches science to three different grades.  Her class is a self-contained class of students who need hands on materials in order to fully understand the concepts.  She’s looking forward to the professional development training.  

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