Pickens Schools selected for Virtual Engineering Program

The School District of Pickens County is one of eight partner school districts selected for the inaugural year of Accelerate, a new virtual engineering program.  The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics announced the eight partner school districts chosen to participate in the program designed to help high school students jumpstart engineering degrees and careers.  Four to six […]

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Wreck injures Three and scatters Mail

A wreck Thursday afternoon injured three people and scattered mail across the roadway.  Shortly after 1:30pm, Oconee County responders were alerted to a motor vehicle accident with a person ejected. Upon arrival, responders found three persons injured. One of the vehicles involved was a US Mail carrier. All patients were transported to Oconee Medical Center for treatment. Highway 59 was […]

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OC 911 educating and rehabilitating House Numbers

Oconee County residents are being asked to check their house number to ensure the reflective numbers are clearly visible from the street.  Oconee County Emergency Management director Scott Krein says these numbers play a vital role in everyone’s safety. “The purpose of these reflective signs is to help Emergency Responders find your house in case of an emergency.  Sometimes you […]

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Pedestrian killed in Easley identified

The Pickens County Coroner’s Office has identified the pedestrian killed after being hit by cars while walking along S.C. 135 in Liberty. The incident happened just after 1:30am Wednesday.  Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the man as 30-year-old Vance Marion Bailey of Easley.  The Highway Patrol stated that Bailey had wrecked his car and was in the process of walking […]

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CDC warning about Drowsy Driving

A new warning is out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about driving drowsy. The CDC’s Ann Wheaton says driving drowsy is like driving drunk.  “Some previous studies have shown that being awake for 24 hours is comparable to blood alcohol content of .1%, which is above the legal limit in all states.” Wheaton says people who reported […]

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Cancer Screening Rates

Two new reports by the CDC show that more younger women, up to age 30, are getting recommended Pap tests, however 60% of women continue to get Pap tests even after a total hysterectomy. Meg Watson, an epidemiologist with the CDC, details the current recommendation for screening. “Appropriate cervical screening takes place from age 21 to 65, every three years.” […]

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New Buses coming to SDOC

Five new school buses are coming to Oconee County and just in time according to Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas.  “The state of South Carolina has purchased about 350 new buses, the yellow school buses that folks see on the road all the time and we are going to be receiving five of those 350 buses.  They are special needs […]

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SC being hit hard by Flu

South Carolina is being hit hard by the flu this year and the virus has appeared much earlier than normal. In the last 3-4 weeks, the Palmetto State has experienced a significant upturn in the number of influenza cases being reported, the number of hospitalizations, and unfortunately even the number of people who have died due to the illness that […]

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Interstate Speeder arrested

Authorities in Anderson County have captured a suspect involved in a high-speed chase in Hart County on Christmas Day.  Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year-old Michael David Brandon Chastain over the weekend. Chastain was picked up at a convenience store on Shockley Ferry Road and South Main Street Sunday afternoon.  He was given a $100,000 bond but remains in the […]

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OMC welcomes First Baby of 2013

At 3:36am on Tuesday, Oconee Medical Center welcomed the first baby to be born at the hospital in 2013. Baby girl Skii Alexandria, was born to Edwina and Jimmy Cannon. Dr. Dan Singleton delivered her. As the New Year Baby for 2013, Skii and her family received a very special gift basket filled with a fantastic variety of gifts to celebrate the baby’s […]

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