Fire Hydrants to be tested in Walhalla

The Walhalla Fire Department announces that it will be testing fire hydrants during the next two months as part of its bi-annual maintenance schedule. Firefighters will be checking more than 200 hydrants starting on Sept. 20. Each hydrant will be tested to ensure it produces enough water to fight a fire. In addition, the bi-annual maintenance is a requirement of […]

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Duke Energy urges preparation ahead of Hurricane Florence

As forecasts increasingly predict that Hurricane Florence is expected to significantly impact North Carolina and South Carolina, Duke Energy is preparing for the storm and urges customers to do the same. The company expects widespread damage and power outages as Hurricane Florence is forecasted to be a large and extremely dangerous storm system, packing fierce winds and torrential rainfall. Historical […]

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Hamilton Career Center turning 50

This is the 50th anniversary of the Hamilton Career Center in the School District of Oconee County (SDOC). At the public school system’s vocational education school, students learn through progressive, innovative programs that enhance technology and career skills. Hamilton Career Center Director Chad Lusk is excited about the milestone. “This is our 50th year. We are really trying to celebrate […]

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OC Council sets Millage Rate

Oconee County’s tax millage is set for another fiscal year. At last night’s meeting of the Oconee County Council, Auditor Christy Hubbard made a presentation and requested a new rate. “The millage recommended to approve the budgets is for county operations we will need 62.5 mills, in the ordinance you would have 2.9 for emergency operations, 1.1 for economic development, […]

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OC Sheriff’s Office files Charges against Westminster Man

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office filed charges late last week against a Westminster man who was being sought last Thursday night as a person of interest in relation to several Westminster area burglaries and larcenies. 26-year-old Joseph Edward Kinsel, who has listed addresses of Ten Downing Street in Fountain Inn as well as Sunshine Ridge Road in Westminster, was apprehended […]

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Drowning at Fall Creek Area in Salem

A 47-year-old Easley man was pronounced dead at 7:14pm Monday, Sept. 3, in the emergency department at Oconee Memorial Hospital after he jumped into Lake Keowee from his boat. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis reports that Jody Levi Black jumped from his boat into Lake Keowee at approximately 5:35pm and never resurfaced. His body was recovered at approximately 6:10pm from […]

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