Increase in Teen Driving Deaths

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds the number of 16- and 17-year-old drivers killed in car accidents increased dramatically in the first half of last year. The Association’s Kendell Poole gives details.  “The trend is going back up.” Poole gives the latest figures. “16 and 17-year-old driver deaths have increased 19%.” The Governors Highway Safety Association would […]

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Six killed over weekend on SC Highways

Six people were killed on South Carolina highways over the weekend.  The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that the deadly accidents occurred between Friday, February 22, at 6pm until Sunday, February 24, at midnight.  As of February 24, 82 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 114 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012. Oconee County […]

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Positive City/County Relationship leading to Jobs

Oconee County was the only place in the Upstate that saw employment growth with a net addition of 50 jobs between 2008-12.  Much of that positive job growth news can be attributed to the good relationship being formed between the cities and the county.  Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander feels that positive relationship will continue to produce jobs in the coming […]

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Drop in ER Visits in OC

One factor used in determining health care coverage is the number of emergency room visits.  The thought being that people with access to doctors will not go to the emergency room when they are sick, instead they will see their primary care physician.  A new program at Oconee Medical Center is aimed at helping the uninsured and cut down on […]

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Oconee Nuclear Station turns 40

The Oconee Nuclear Station turns 40 this year and Duke Energy is planning a big celebration.  Oconee Nuclear Station is located on Lake Keowee in Oconee County, eight miles north of Seneca. Unit 1 began commercial operation in 1973, followed by units 2 and 3 in 1974. Since it began operating, Oconee Nuclear Station has generated more than 500 million […]

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Sheep Farm Road now open

A new highway has opened in Oconee County.  On Monday, the new five-lane Sheep Farm Road, from Highway 123 at Wells Highway, crossing Bountyland Road, and proceeding north to Highway 28 at Tanglewood officially opened.   DOT resident construction engineer Ryan Miller describes his office and the US Group, very happy, though, at times, motorists should expect temporary lane closures as […]

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Safe Harbor to announce Shelter Campaign

On Friday, Safe Harbor plans to announce their capital campaign to raise $990,000 for Oconee County’s first domestic abuse shelter. A press conference is planned for 9:30am in the second floor training room of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department. The goal of the fundraiser is to cover the cost of a facility, three years operating and program expenses to insure […]

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Spring Planting Festival

A Spring Planting Festival will be held on the grounds of the Historic Ballenger House, located at the corner of East South Third and Depot Streets in Seneca, on March 17 from 3-5pm.  Sponsored by the Seneca Woman’s Club, the festival is free and open to the public.  There will be activities to appeal to all ages.  Members of the Seneca […]

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Emergency Savings Accounts shrinking

New research released by Bankrate.com finds that only 55% of Americans have more money in emergency savings than they have in credit card debt. Bankrate’s senior financial analyst Greg McBride explains what those savings are usually for. “Six months of expenses is really sort of your target in terms of the adequate emergency savings cushion, now for a lot of […]

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Escalating Gas Prices

Gas prices continue their march upward. Lundberg Survey Author Trilby Lundberg says the average price for a gallon of regular gas has risen sharply in the past two weeks.  “Gasoline prices rose another 20 cents in the past two weeks with regular now averaging $3.80.” Lundberg gives the reasons for the dramatic rise in gasoline prices. “This has now been […]

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