Saturday’s COVID numbers in the state (and Oconee)

Sixty-three more South Carolinians, including an elderly Oconeean, have perished from the rampaging virus, according to the Saturday report from the state health agency.  DHEC’s numbers included these:  3,435 new cases–83 of which are in Oconee County. The elderly Oconeean mentioned died Sunday, January 17.  According to 101.7/WGOG NEWS’s unofficial county, that was the 80th Oconeean to die from COVID-19. […]

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Prisma Health vaccine supply “extremely low:”

Prisma Health reached 9,370 daily COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan. 21 and says it is well on its way to meeting its goal of 10,000 vaccinations each day; however, supply is an entirely different matter.  Because of the rapid expansion and the huge community demand of those eligible to be vaccinated, Prisma Health’s vaccine supply is extremely low.   Starting today, […]

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Vaccine supply quickly runs out

Prisma Health’s aggressive effort to get vaccine into the arms of South Carolinians is grinding to a temporary halt.  Example of how quickly Prisma has administered shots is that yesterday alone the healthcare provider administered 90 thousand doses across its 11-county service area.  However, Prisma vaccine task force physician Saria Soccocio this afternoon lamented:  “Our supply has dwindled tremendously….We have […]

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Oconee sends Duke a partial refund

At least for now, Duke Energy’s whopping tax payment to Oconee County is partially smaller than originally.  County tax officials say the treasurer’s office today is sending back to Duke $2.5 million of the $33.7 million payment received prior to this month’s deadline, while the company pursues an appeal.  It’s not the first time in recent years that Duke has […]

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COVID spread effect at a neighboring county school

The public high school in Stephens County, Georgia is grappling with the impact that COVID-19 is having on the general school population, as well as one of its basketball teams.  Principal Michael Keown has released numbers to show that an individual involved with the girls varsity basketball team has tested positive; as a result, team games have been canceled until […]

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Environmental group’s hopes for new

A new wake zone bill is ready for a vote this month in the South Carolina legislature, and Friends of Lake Keowee is drumming up support the measure—Senate Bill SB457.  A Senate subcommittee has scheduled a vote next week for 11 am Wednesday, January 27.  Supporters of the bill are hopeful of achieving calmer waves close to the shorelines of […]

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