SC Unemployment Agency wants Tougher Fraud Penalty

South Carolina’s jobs agency is asking legislators to approve tougher penalties on those who intentionally commit fraud to get their jobless benefits. Right now, an employee who defrauds the state Department of Employment and Workforce is required to pay back the amount they were overpaid, along with possible criminal fines up to $100. However, agency officials on Wednesday requested that lawmakers […]

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Lake Hartwell filling up

Good news for lake lovers, nature was kind to Lake Hartwell in January.  According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Hartwell’s sub-basin received above average rainfall in the first month of 2013.  A total of eight and three-quarter inches fell, which is the most rain in the sub-basin for January in the last 15-years.   Lake Hartwell’s average rainfall […]

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More Americans using Late Excuses

It’s hard to be on time 100% of the time but a new CareerBuilder.com survey found more than a quarter of workers admit that they’re late at least once a month, and 16% are late at least once a week. CareerBuilder’s Jennifer Grasz says that to avoid being late, you should prepare what you need in advance. “I think a […]

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City to unveil MLK Way Banners at Luncheon

As part of their month-long celebration of Black History Month, the City of Seneca will unveil the new Martin Luther King Way banners to those in attendance at the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum luncheon on Thursday.  Seneca Events Coordinator Riley Johnson gives details. “We are going to reveal at the luncheon the plans for Martin Luther King Way.  The […]

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DHEC promoting HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

South Carolina health officials are marking the 13th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a series of events. The Department of Health and Environmental Control is collaborating with community-based organizations to host events around the state Thursday to highlight the impact of the disease on black communities. DHEC says technicians will be on hand to do free testing and […]

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End of Life choices for Older Americans

Recent reports show that more people age 65 and older are dying at home rather than in a hospital.  Because of this, Hospice services have increased over the past decade.  But when does this care begin?  A new study examined where and what kind of care Medicare patients are receiving in their last months and days of life.  “Over this […]

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Donation to provide Uninsured with Dental Care

A $30,000 gift from the Howard Green Foundation will help fund a new Community Access Dental Clinic for low income, uninsured adults in Oconee County.  Mountain Lakes Access Health executive director Cortni Nations says this donation will make a very big difference in our community.  “We are thrilled that we are able to secure some donations for a dental clinic […]

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OCC tables Old Courthouse conversion into Hotel

At their monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Oconee County Council voted to table the conversion of the old county courthouse into a hotel in downtown Walhalla.  The Council will now consider the motion on third reading at their meeting scheduled for February 19.  County leaders wanted more time to negotiate a deal with the hotel developers.  The plan calls for […]

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TCTC offering Grant Writing Class

The Tri-County Technical College’s Corporate and Community Education Division will offer a Grant Writing class February 28 – March 28 on Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Anderson Campus.  Registration begins February 11. This class will assist non-profit representatives, community volunteers, educators, faith-based organizations and others in developing successful grant proposals. Students will learn the basic components of a […]

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TCTC Students take First at SCSTA College Festival

Tri-County Technical College students placed first in two categories at the 2013 South Carolina Speech and Theater Association’s Annual College Festival Competition.  Ten two- and four-year colleges from around the state competed Saturday, February 2.  Tri-County hosted the event at its Easley Campus.  Representing Tri-County in the competition were Matt Duncan, a University Transfer student from Clemson, Manuel Manley, an […]

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