Multi-Day COVID-19 Testing Initiative in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), City of Columbia, and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) today announced its surge testing efforts to expand access to free COVID-19 testing in Columbia, S.C. “‘I’m glad to be in Columbia to represent HHS as these […]

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SDOC Face-to-Face Enrollment Numbers Down Amid COVID-19

Oconee County schools enrollment this week is at 10,209 – a four percent decrease from the 2019-20 school year. When asked about enrollment, Oconee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael  Thorsland said, “Our district’s enrollment has been steady for more than twenty years, varying just a few hundred students over those years.  We anticipated a drop this year as parents considered […]

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Fatal Crash in Pickens County

Not long before noon on Thursday a fatal two vehicle crash happened in Pickens County on SC 124 about three miles east of Easley. Trooper Joe Hovis with the South Carolina Highway Patrol has details… The victim has been identified by the Pickens County Coroner’s Office as Mark Brent Smith, age 72, of Easley. Investigators said that Mr. Smith was […]

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Graham, Scott Introduce State Fix Act to Promote Broadband Access

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) today introduced The State Fix Act to help promote rural and underserved broadband access in South Carolina and around the nation.  The legislation builds upon legislation the South Carolina senators introduced earlier this year, The Governors Broadband Development Fund.  Under The State Fix Act the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would provide $20 billion in funding […]

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Prisma Health Encouraging Flu Shots & Keeping Guards Against COVID-19

Prisma Health has launched an aggressive system-wide flu-vaccination campaign with reduced-cost flu vaccinations being offered throughout its physician offices, hospitals, mobile clinics, community outreach, business-health sites or additional flu-vaccine events in 11 counties across the Midlands and Upstate. Information on Prisma Health’s flu prevention efforts can be found on a dedicated webpage, PrismaHealth.org/Flu. Prisma Health hopes to vaccinate approximately 200,000 […]

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Man Charged with Littering, Other Offenses, After Allegedly Discarding Loaded Gun

On Tuesday, reports state that a pistol was found by two Oconee Sheriff’s Deputies in the are of SC 28/Highlands Highway. Deputies reported that the gun was a fully-loaded Ruger .380 semi-automatic. Zachary James Johnson, age 32 of a Lake Becky Road address in Mountain Rest was located walking in the area and arrested after deputies said he discarded the […]

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DHEC/SDOC COVID-19 Numbers Update

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 489 new confirmed cases and 43 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 28 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 131,428, probable cases to 2,694, confirmed deaths to 2,968, and 164 probable deaths. Three new cases were confirmed […]

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Flash Flood Warning in effect until 1:45 PM EDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

Oconee & Pickens Counties: Flash Flood Warning The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flash Flood Warning for… Southeastern Oconee County in upstate South Carolina… Southwestern Pickens County in upstate South Carolina… * Until 145 PM EDT. * At 9:43 AM EDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges showed that between 2 and 3 inches of rain had already […]

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