Elderly Oconeean COVID death, state health report

The death of an elderly Oconeean June 3 was COVID-19, according to today’s report from South Carolina DHEC.  That death was one of 16 new virus deaths across the state.  According to DHEC, 8,616 South Carolinians have so far died and there are 1,160 probable death cases currently suspected.  CBS reports more people have died of COVID wordwide so far […]

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Senior Farmers Market vouchers delayed

Unforeseen circumstances is the reason given for a temporary disruption in the delivery of vouchers to allow for Oconee County seniors to take part in this summer’s farmers’ market program.  The United Way announced today that South Carolina DSS is working diligently to resolve the issue and provide an update as soon as possible.  Sincere apologies are being offered for […]

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Judge makes pre-trial ruling in Jane Doe v. hospital

A defense attorney’s attempt to throw out a damage suit against the Oconee Memorial Hospital has partially succeeded, according to a ruling by a circuit court judge.  At issue is whether a former patient, identified as a Jane Doe, may proceed with her three-year old claim stemming from being examined for a sexual attack that occurred three years earlier in […]

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Drive-thru and curbside sales of beer and wine

Because South Carolina is no longer under a state of emergency, drive-thru and curbside sales of beer and wine to an individual is once again forbidden.  The state Department of Revenue announces that customers buying beer and wine must exit their vehicle and take possession of their purchases inside the retailer’s licensed premises.  The state of emergency due to COVID-19 […]

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Seneca power customers could see financial return

As part of approximately $4 billion in relief checks being sent to South Carolina electric power customers as the result of the V-C Summer debacle, Seneca received a check for nearly $550 thousand in December, city officials confirmed yesterday to 101.7/WGOG NEWS.  Scott Moulder, city administrator, says the intent on part of his city is to return part of that […]

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Grass left uncut along Oconee’s state highways

In some spots, the banks of grass along Oconee major state highways have grown to two to three feet, after the state’s contractor ended its mowing contract last month.  As a result, DOT maintenance crews have resumed some grass-cutting duties.  A spokeswoman for the South Carolina DOT said, “A new contractor will be starting this week to complete one cycle […]

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Scharich played it straight throughout

Words such as fair, efficient, and honorable were tossed about yesterday in a ceremony to fete Joy Scharich on her retirement as the director of Oconee Registration and Elections.  Two of the county’s three state lawmakers were there in person to lead a ceremony to congratulate Scharich ahead of her June 28 retirement date.  She’ll be succeeded by Christi Burr, […]

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Ex-Westinghouse VP — guilty plea

A former Westinghouse vice president has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to an FBI agent in the investigation of the failed V-C Summer nuclear project in Fairfield County.  The announcement by M-Rhett DeHart, acting U-S Attorney, said Carl Dean Churchman’s plea “shows that the investigation into the V-C Summer nuclear debacle did not end with the former SCANA […]

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Drop in Thursday’s COVID-19 numbers

On today’s report from South Carolina DHEC:  119 new cases of COVID-19 in the state; seven of them in Oconee County.  There were no new deaths reported.  Of 5,507 test results received, the positivity was 3%.  The case numbers, the deaths, the positivity were all lower than on the report from yesterday.  The numbers reported today are data reflecting the […]

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Tragic accident takes the life of state worker

South Carolina DOT reports the tragic loss of one of its workers this morning in a crash in Greenwood County.  According to the highway patrol, there will be further details of the accident that killed person and injured two others.  The DOT says the deceased was Charles “Chuck” Kennedy, 59 years old, driver of a DOT truck headed toward a […]

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