Gressette was former CU board chairman

The Clemson University community mourns the death of Lawrence Marion Gressette Jr., an emeritus trustee from Columbia. Gressette in 1995 became the 13th chairman of the board. His death prompted David Wilkins, the current chairman, to open Friday’s meeting with the death announcement. The board observed a moment of silent prayer.

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Youngsters perish in Pickens County fire

The coroner in Pickens County reports two children dead in a Sunday morning home fire at Easley. Coroner Kandy Kelley says the deaths of four-year old Devin Dewayne Graham and seven-year old Timothy Lee Graham occurred at 4:35 a-m yesterday at 145 Daisy Lane. The deaths are being investigated by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. Autopsies are scheduled today.

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Flood warning extended to midnight

National Weather Service extended last night’s flood warning until the mid night hour. Once again, it was a July evening in which lots of rain hit the pavements and soaked the ground. Oconee County Dispatch reported the usual numbers of downed trees and, in last night’s instance, flooding along the Shiloh Road near Seneca.

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Twelve Year-Old From Aiken Wins WGOG Singing Competition

Twelve year-old Allison Skipper, a student at Kennedy Middle School in Aiken, South Carolina, was crowned the winner Saturday night of 96.3 WGOG’s 11th-annual Texaco Country Showdown. The event was held at the Gignilliat Center in Seneca. Skipper told WGOG’s Kris Butts she started singing at age 4, and lists superstar Carrie Underwood among her favorite singers. Skipper advances to […]

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A case of suspected arson!

The fire that heavily damaged a home near Westminster during the 5 o’clock hour this morning is under investigation as a case of arson, according to Jimmy Watt. The spokesman for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office says investigators this afternoon are following leads.  The fire occurred on the Cleveland Pike Road.

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CU’s new budget is approved

Clemson University trustees have arrived at a new budget for the school year 2013-14. To reflect an approximate 5.5%, or $47 million increase in operational money, Clemson, in part, can thank a $7.5 million dollar increase in state appropriations. Trustee David Wilkins of Greenville was re-elected to serve a third, two-year term as board chairman.

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The “Y” gets a new front person

Former Congressional worker to take on the job of establishing the first Oconee County YMCA. The job of “Y Executive Director goes to Daryl Broome, who served as an aide during Gresham Barrett’s time as South Carolina Third District Congressman. Broome succeeds Anna Connelly, who resigned to take a job elsewhere.

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Valuable painting stolen

A five-thousand dollar value has been placed on a painting stolen from the Anderson Art Center at 110 Federal Street. The theft, believed to have occurred during an April show, was only recently discovered. A description of the painting was not immediately available. Anyone with information about what happened should call Anderson Area Crimestopps at 888/CRIME SC.  

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Arrest made of suspect who scampered off

Oconee Sheriff’s Office arrested a 30-year old man after he was reported to have run from the scene of a shoplifting incident yesterday at Wal-Mart store on the Sandifer Boulevard. A sheriff’s officer tracked the suspect to the Wal-Green drug store at 123 and the Wells Highway. Arrest records show Clint Robert Liedlich of Posey Lane, Westminster charged with shoplifting […]

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For FOCUS Broadband, more patience needed

For those with a hankering to acquire high-speed Internet service, a little more patience will be required, according to the Oconee County administrator. The deadline came this week for a new request-for-proposals to provide services for the project. Scott Moulder, county administrator, said from the start the Broadband FOCUS work was projected as a three-year project—dating from that summer 2010 […]

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