Ben Skardon’s 100th birthday events

Clemson University celebrates the 100th birthday of Col. Ben Skardon in three events on campus.  Skardon is an alumnus and professor emeritus best known for surviving the Bataan Death March during the Second World War.  Local, state and national honors will be bestowed during a private lunch at noon.  The public is invited at 4 o’clock on Williamson Road in […]

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Golden Corner Commerce Park issues on the agenda

At their meeting next week, Oconee County Council takes up business pertaining to Golden Corner Commerce Park–both in an open and closed sessions.  First and final reading is planned for a resolution to approve $3.5 million in special source revenue bonds.  Executive session time is planned for legal advice on a contract for the design and  construction of the speculative […]

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Two hikers fatigued and dehydrated

Two hikers were found this morning at Long Creek fatigued and de-hydrated but otherwise OK, according to a deputy sheriff.  Officer David Owens said one of the men is a 70-year old Spartanburg resident; the other is a 21-year old from Boston.  They had planned to spend the night in the vicinity of Possum Falls Trail, but became lost and […]

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Beauty pageant is an Apple Festival tradition

The crowning of an Apple Queen is a highlight of the week that Oconee County celebrates the apple crop in the Westminster, Holly Springs, Long Creek, and Mountain Rest areas.  This year is no exception.  The reigning queen, Savannah Kelley, and Apple Festival promoter Janice Matheson promoted this year’s pageant on the Kris Butts’ morning show.  The 2017 pageant will […]

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Ash tree-killing beetle found in Oconee

An invasive Asian beetle that kills millions of ash trees in North America has made it to Oconee, Greenville and Spartanburg counties.  Investigators with the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry detected the beetle called Emerald Ash Borer in South Carolina.  The beetles were found August 3 during a routine check of Emerald Ash Borer traps in the Upstate and confirmed […]

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Hospital might be sold

The money-troubled hospital in Toccoa, Georgia could be sold.  The board for the Stephens County Hospital Authority this week approved the idea of a possible sale or a partnership with another healthcare system.  WNEG quotes Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson as saying, “Then, once they’ve put that word out there, we will see who is interested and give consideration to it […]

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New pre-trial motions in Pioneer case

Attorneys for Pioneer Rural Water District have filed new motions in the case challenging its right to make its own water to retail to customers in a two-county area.  It’s a summary judgment motion to dispose of the case before the scheduled trial August 28 in Walhalla.  Attorneys Theodore Gentry and Alice Parham Casey prey to the court:  “This motion […]

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School District sets meal prices

Oconee School District announces meal prices for the new year that starts a week from today–Thursday, August 17.  For elementary grades, the cost of a reduced price breakfast will be 30 cents; lunch 40 cents; paid breakfast, $1.45; and paid lunch, $2.10.  For middle and high school students, the cost of reduced breakfast is 30 cents; lunch, 40 cents; the […]

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