Further measure to protect against accidents

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw believes it would not be a bad idea after all if health care provider Prisma Oconee Memorial Hospital implemented an app or some other kind of technological device to alert motorists to an oncoming ambulance. The call for such a protective device was aired last week when Seneca businesswoman Pearlee Lee spoke to her city council. […]

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“Go slow, be deliberate” toward Syria, Graham says

When it comes to U-S policy in Syria, Senator Lindsey Graham is urging the country to go slow and be deliberate. The South Carolina Republican issued the statement on the news yesterday that a terror attack killed several people, including four Americans. Graham called what happened a cowardly attack. It’s an attack for which ISIS claims responsibility. Graham said, “My […]

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Carlton Heaton

Seneca – Carlton Eugene Heaton, 84, widower of Eunice Haulbrook Heaton, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm, Friday, January 18, 2019 at Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 pm – 2 pm, prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home. Burial to follow […]

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Three men arrested in Oconee theft ring

Three men have been implicated in an Oconee theft ring. It’s a crime spree that the Sheriff’s Office thinks may reach into Clemson and other parts of Pickens County. Those arrested were identified today as Ricardo Maurico Heller, Gage Austin Lyda, and Joshua Chad Jackson. Among the charges against Heller, Lyda, and Jackson are multiple offenses of breaking into motor […]

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Holiday rainfall sets record at Jocassee weather station

If it seemed you pulled out the raincoat and umbrella way too often during the holidays, you are correct. Preliminary data for South Carolina show December the second wettest month in records covering 124 years. The South Carolina average rainfall of 7.67 inches was almost double the normal rainfall for the month. Melissa Griffin, assistant state climatologist, says the rainfall […]

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Oconee hospital’s new name arrives today

What were Greenville Health and Palmetto Health are now Prisma Health. The new name is effective today—meaning, for example, that the official name of the Oconee hospital is now Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital. A spokeswoman says campuses and hospitals retain their core name identities, though it will take a year or longer to change the signs and printed materials.

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Duke tax payment: $33.4M

Duke Energy met its annual tax obligation to Oconee County by sending its 2018 property tax payment to the office of the county treasurer. Connie Bellotte, the deputy treasurer, says the payment totals $33,472,064.49. The office of Treasurer Greg Nowell is working on a breakdown of how that money is to be divided among the schools and the county government.

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Boil water advisories impact public schools

Today’s boil water advisories are affecting all Oconee public schools in both the Westminster and Oakway areas, although classes are not being dismissed early. Steve Hanvey, associate superintendent, says the kitchens in the schools are boiling all water for cooking purposes and the school district is transporting bottled water for students, teachers, and staff. Water fountains in the schools have […]

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Westminster and Pioneer boil water advisories

The boil water advisory announced this morning by the city of Westminster also applies to the Pioneer Rural Water District. Terry Pruitt, general manager, says all customers of Pioneer Rural Water should boil their water for one full minute before using it for drinking or cooking purposes.  AND TO THOSE WHO ARE CUSTOMERS OF THE WESTMINSTER WATER SYSTEM. DATE: 1/16/2019  […]

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