Mack-Haymond pleads guilty to Manslaughter

Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams announces Travon Mack-Haymond plead guilty yesterday in Anderson General Sessions court to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Yusef Jenkins in 2011. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced him to 15-years in prison.  On March 25, 2011, Travon Mack-Haymond was visiting Pamela Brownlee’s residence at her invitation. Yusef Jenkins came to the residence of Ms. […]

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Chattooga Recovery Effort suspended

Recovery operations on the Chattooga River for the body of Thomas Hill were suspended yesterday because of equipment problems and the potential for storms in the area.  “We had some challenges,” said Incident Commander Scott Loftis. “We are bringing in additional equipment and watching the weather forecast to ensure safe and efficient operations.”  Plans are for operations to begin again […]

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WCA hosting Shining Stars Summer Theater Camp

The Walhalla Civic Auditorium is inviting kids interested in acting and theatre to attend a fun, educational summer camp.  Walhalla Civic Auditorium executive director Bill Chisano tells more about the “Shining Stars Summer Theater Camp”.  “In the last couple of years we have gotten more involved in producing plays.  This upcoming season, if you look at the schedule, we are […]

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Recovery efforts continue on Chattooga

Recovery efforts continue today in the search for the body of 50-year-old Thomas Hill, who fell from a raft last week as part of a Sherwin-Williams corporate trip. “The team continues to work in dangerous conditions today to find Mr. Hill,” said Incident Commander Scott Loftis. “Safety has been our number one objective throughout the mission and it’s a credit […]

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OCPL announces new Technical Services Librarian

The Oconee County Public Library announces the hiring of Robena Barton as Technical Services Librarian.  She was born in Aiken, SC, and graduated from USC-Aiken with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis on cataloging. “From my first cataloging class I knew I […]

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Graham writes Russian Ambassador on Snowden

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today released this letter to the Russian Ambassador to the United States about Edward Snowden.  “Mr. Ambassador: Media reports have indicated that Mr. Edward Snowden took a flight from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday June 23, 2013.  Reports also indicate that Mr. Snowden remains in Russia after failing to depart for a third country […]

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Safe Harbor closer to OC Shelter Goal

Safe Harbor is well on its way to opening a 24/7 emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children in Oconee County.  So far, the non-profit agency is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for the shelter, explains Amanda Callahan, Relationship Education Project Educator for Safe Harbor in Oconee County.  “We kicked off the campaign with a […]

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Recession still affecting Emergency Savings

Call it a lingering side effect of the recession. Research from Bankrate.com finds 76% of Americans are lacking in emergency savings and don’t have a stash of cash that could cover six months of expenses. Senior Financial Analyst Greg McBride says the recession contributed to this tendency by taking away some fixed portions of a family’s earnings like stocks or […]

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CU Supercomputer is 5th among US Universities

Clemson University’s Palmetto Cluster ranks fifth on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the June 2013 Top 500 list of international supercomputers. The Palmetto Cluster is a collaborative environment where IT specialists work in partnership with faculty and students to create an advanced cyberinfrastructure that serves the needs of a multi-disciplinary set of programs.  It also enables research and […]

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New SC Law bans sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

A new law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley this month bans minors from buying a tobacco substitute known as electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes.” E-cigarettes are increasing in popularity, especially amongst smokers trying to kick their habit. They resemble traditional cigarettes, but work by vaporizing a liquid mixed with nicotine. Water vapor is released from the end of the device, like smoke from cigarettes, and […]

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