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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Technology necessitating New Seneca Library

A hot topic in 2012 was the need for a new Seneca Library.  It has been more than 27 years since any construction was done on the Seneca branch of the Oconee County Public Library System and Seneca Librarian Blair Hinson thinks 2013 is a good time for improvements.  “There has been a lot of talk about the Seneca branch.  […]

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New Year means New Business Opportunities

Excitement is at an all-time high in Oconee County as we enter the New Year, thanks to business opportunities being made available at two commerce parks.  Richard Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee County Economic Development Commission, updates work being done at the Golden Corner Commerce Park in Fair Play. “We are extremely excited for what County Council has allowed […]

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Overview of 97 Overweight Studies

Being slightly overweight may not be as much of a health risk as previously thought. The National Center for Health Statistics has reviewed 97 past studies involving 3 million people. Researchers found that being overweight or slightly obese was linked to about a 6% lower risk of dying, compared to people considered “normal weight”. Researchers say that is in cases […]

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