Early peak for fall colors

Leaf lookers hoping to see a symphony of fall color at its most vibrant may want to get a head start. Victor Shelburne, a Clemson teacher specializing in forest ecology, sees signs that peak autumn color may arrive a bit early this year to the Carolinas. “There are good sourwood, blackgum and dogwood reds appearing in the Piedmont. The Jocassee […]

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By appointment of the Governor

An Oconee man instrumental in organizing the county’s first scenic highway committee will serve in a similar capacity at a statewide level. Governor Nikki Haley last summer appointed J-Harold Thomas, a former county councilman, to the S.C. Scenic Highway Committee. Thomas last night said he’s still awaits attending his first meeting.

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Thelma Miller’s new adventure

For two dozen years, Oconee’s economic development business has been her business. But, now, Thelma Miller is retiring as administrative assistant at the county office of economic development. She takes with her fond memories of her time, dating back to the late Bob Gaillard’s long run as county economic development director all the way to the present and the time […]

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For now, no change at the Courier

An architect’s plan to convert parts of Walhalla’s historic Keowee Courier into homes for senior citizens failed to win approval during a city regulatory board’s meeting last night at City Hall. After a public hearing, the board of zoning appeals voted to deny the variance sought by project promoter Lori Sons. A handful of speakers last night expressed degrees of […]

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Twenty-four child sex charges

Oconee sheriff’s officers have arrested a 39-year old Kershaw, South Carolina man on 24 charges alleging child sex crimes. Law enforcement records identify the man arrested as Richard Onley Gardner III. According to today’s booking report from the Oconee Detention Center, Gardner is accused in 13 cases alleging committing or attempting lewd act on a child under 16 (June 4, […]

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Seneca’s largest meth seizure

A late night raid at a Seneca home led to two arrests, and what the police say were the seizures of illegal drugs, firearms, stolen property, and U-S currency. Chief John Covington says two residents at 308 Pine Street were arrested. According to Covington, five warrants were served on Millard Jerome Strickland and four on Hollie Michelle Henderson. Narcotics officers […]

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Committee to take to the highway

Members of Oconee’s Scenic Highway Committee will make a road trip Tuesday to assess the looks of S.C. 11 in the county, whether they meet or fail to meet the standards that an official scenic highway should embrace. Dave LaVere, committee chairman, admits there is concern that Scenic 11 could lose its status as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. Today […]

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Go Blue Monday

The first Monday in October is known as the start of new U-S Supreme Court terms. But it’s taking on another meaning in Oconee and in public schools across the country. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. To signify the importance, all Oconee youngsters and adults are asked to wear a blue shirt to create awareness of the need […]

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Patrick Square major change

City of Clemson has announced meetings at which officials are to devote attention to a major change at the home development Patrick Square. A planning commission workshop at 6 Tuesday night at City Hall will address the matter, so will  an informal public meeting at 5 o’clock Monday, October 8. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

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CU President invited to Washington

James Barker, Clemson president, has accepted an invitation to be part of a panel discussion Monday in Washington, D.C. During a Department of Commerce event, Barker is to show how education and research initiatives at I-CAR, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, and the Clemson Restoration Institute in N. Charleston have helped drive economic development across the state.

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