Sheriff presents Criminal Justice Session to Students

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office welcomed some of the best high school students from Oconee County to the Law Enforcement Center for a Criminal Justice Session on Friday. The students visited many of the offices and facilities at the Sheriff’s Office, including the Emergency Operations Center, the 911 Center and the Oconee County Detention Center.  The students also heard from […]

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Dangers of Cinnamon Challenge

The latest edition of the journal Pediatrics contains a challenge for pediatricians to educate parents and their patients about the dangers of the so-called Cinnamon Challenge. Its become an internet sensation with multi-millions of hits on videos where a person tries to swallow a tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without anything to drink. Dr. Steven Lipshultz say some […]

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Collins Home Mud Run attracts Huge Crowd

Over $24,000 was raised at this past Saturday’s Collins Home Mud Run at the Shaver Recreation Complex in Seneca.  Hundreds of runners and volunteers spent the day making mud splatter for kids who matter.  Seneca Events Coordinator Riley Johnson gives details.  “This year’s mud run for the Collins Children’s Home was outstanding.  We had over 200 teams, which is like […]

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Today is Earth Day

This is the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of our planet’s natural environment. Eric Pica is the president of Friends of the Earth. “Earth Day is one of those days where people around the world celebrate the environment and the process of protecting the environment.  Hopefully they give thought to […]

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Falling Gas Prices

Lundberg Letter analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price of a gallon of gasoline across the nation has dropped eleven cents over the past two weeks to average $3.54.  Lundberg says diesel prices have also fallen.  “Diesel prices on the street dropped seven cents in the same two-week period, that average is now $3.98.” Lundberg says that gas prices have […]

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Oakway Student wins Honorable Mention

An Oconee County public school student gained honorable mention in this year’s Project Sentry Logo Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina. A certificate of appreciation and a ribbon went to Oakway Intermediate School’s Lilly Smith, who competed in the 3-5 grades division. The statewide contest gives South Carolina students a chance to tell the entire state […]

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OC Residents notified of Road Projects

A local road paver announces it will be working on projects this week in Oconee and Pickens counties. Today is the start of work by King Asphalt on Highway 11 between Antioch Church Road and the Sunset community. That work is scheduled to last until around May 7. On Tuesday, King Asphalt will work on Coneross Creek Road between SC […]

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OC Sheriff investigating Larceny and Arson Case

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in an investigation into a recent arson and larceny case near Seneca. According to investigators, the incident occurred Wednesday morning just after 6:30am in the 100 block of Ashley Lane, which is near Reedy Fork Baptist Church.  Deputies responded to a report of a motor home fire after a passerby […]

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Officials to reduce Services at Hartwell Lake

The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reduce park operations and visitor services at Hartwell Lake during the 2013 recreation season due to significant projected budget reductions. The Corps will keep closed one primitive campground and partially close six day use areas for the 2013 season in addition to maintaining the reductions in park seasons and service […]

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Unemployment Rate drops Again

New jobless figures from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce show drops at the local, state and national levels.  Oconee County’s unemployment rate for March was 7.9%, down from February’s rate of 9%.  Anderson County’s jobless figure fell from 7.8% in February to 7.3% in March.  Pickens County listed unemployment at 6.7% in March compared to February’s 7% […]

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