New Deputy Regional Director for Fish and Wildlife Service

Mike Oetker, a fisheries biologist with extensive experience in interstate water issues, will be the new Deputy Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta. Oetker, a 13-year Service veteran, has been the Assistant Regional Director for the Fisheries Program in the Service’s Southwest Region since 2008. The mission of the U.S. Fish and […]

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Four Highway Deaths over Weekend

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces four people were killed on state roads and highways from Friday, February 1, at 6pm until Sunday, February 3, at midnight. As of February 3, 49 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 82 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012. Oconee County reports no deaths in 2013 compared to two […]

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Westminster Fire displaces Family of Five

Just after 8am Monday morning, Oconee County firefighters were alerted to a report of a residential structure fire on Oak Grove Road in Westminster.  Firefighters arrived on scene within ten minutes to find the home full of smoke and well involved in fire, including fire through the roof. The family was outside the home. Firefighters from four stations brought the blaze under […]

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Bomb Threat at CU’s Hendrix Student Center

Clemson University Police are investigating a bomb threat to the Hendrix Student Center.  Monday morning, authorities were informed of a bomb threat and the building was immediately evacuated.  Standard procedure in bomb threat cases is for the area to be cleared before officers begin their search of the property.  Authorities found nothing suspicious in the building.  Students and faculty returned […]

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Jacobs Road to close Repairs

Motorists are being advised about a road closure that could influence travel in and around the Golden Coroner.  An announcement from the Oconee County Emergency Services says there will be an emergency road closure of Jacobs Road off Highway 123 between Seneca and Clemson on Tuesday from 9:30am to 4pm due to immediately required railroad crossing repairs being performed by […]

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WCA Roof Fundraiser

The Board of Directors of the Walhalla Civic Auditorium has started a fundraising campaign for roof repairs to its more than 100-year-old building.  Walhalla Civic Auditorium executive director Bill Chisano gives details. “It is the 100th anniversary of the building of the Auditorium, so the roof is 100-years-old.  Now it is not falling apart but whenever it rains, you almost have […]

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CWP would help keep Schools Safe

In the wake of public shootings across the United States, many suggestions have been voiced on the proper way to protect kids from gun violence.  On Friday during his listening tour about the Second Amendment, Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan spoke about Concealed Weapon Permits and he feels this would prevent school shootings like the one recently at Virginia Tech. […]

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SHS receives Bomb Threat

Seneca High School was evacuated this morning after officials received a bomb threat.  At 9:39am, school officials received a call claiming a bomb was in the school building.  The school was immediately evacuated as a precaution.  Seneca Police Chief John Covington reports that with the help of an Oconee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, the building was swept.  The school […]

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Super Bowl Hangover

Labor attorney Paul Lanigan says the day after the Super Bowl each year costs American businesses billions of dollars because of the distraction.  “Attendance, lose of productivity, excessive internet searching and surfing and things like that.” Last year, 1.5 million workers did not show up the day after the game.  More than 4 million showed up late.  Lanigan says employers […]

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US Attorney sponsoring Sentry Logo Contest

The United States Attorney’s Office is sponsoring its 10thAnnual Project Sentry Logo Contest.  The statewide contest allows students an opportunity to illustrate how they prevent gun violence in their schools by designing a logo for use on upcoming Project Sentry publications.  The contest is open to any student (elementary, middle, or high school age) in South Carolina.  Entries will be […]

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