CU President closes Fall Semester with Highlights

The fall semester came to a close Wednesday on the campus of Clemson University giving President James F. Barker an opportunity to reflect on some highlights from the first half of the academic year and look ahead to 2013. Barker spoke at the December general faculty meeting. Among the accomplishments in the semester, Barker noted that: Work was completed on […]

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CU and ArborGen team for Biofuel Research

Researchers at Clemson University are teaming with a commercial forestry company to determine what variety of poplars are best to make biofuels. ArborGen planted four species of poplars last year at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center. Scientists from the company and the university plan to monitor the 3,000 trees with the goal to find a tree that can […]

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Car Crash Tests

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its crash tests for a group of 18 mid-size family cars. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety President Adrian Lund says the Honda Accord, the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Ultima did very well. “Even though they are priced much lower they have done better in this test as a […]

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Reading Communities Survey

It winds up Americans’ reading habits are slightly different, depending on where they live. A new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project finds urban and suburban Americans are slightly more likely to have read a book in the last year than those in rural areas. “People in different kinds of communities have different relationships to […]

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5th Annual State of Oconee Luncheon

The 5th Annual State of Oconee Luncheon is scheduled for February 22 and will focus on the qualities of Oconee County that position it for positive economic development, now and in the future.  Oconee County Economic Development director Richard Blackwell will be the keynote speaker.  “Oconee County has a lot going for it as we compete with other counties, states, […]

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WCA preparing for 100th Anniversary

In 2013, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium will celebrate its 100th anniversary.  The Auditorium provides a world-class facility for concerts, conferences and special events in order to enhance the cultural and social life of Upstate South Carolina. Originally a grade school built in 1903, this auditorium was added in 1913, explains Walhalla Civic Auditorium executive director Bill Chisano. “When the building […]

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Another defining moment for President Obama

Tragedies have long defined presidencies, President Roosevelt united the country after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and President Bush rallied Americans after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  After last Friday’s horrific school shooting in Connecticut, President Obama is tasked with solidifying the country.  Clemson University Political Science Professor Dr. Joseph Stewart praised the President’s speech to the country Monday night. “I […]

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State Emergency Preparedness

How well prepared are states for the public health needs in emergencies like earthquakes, a flu pandemic or terrorist attacks? A new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says not all states are adequate. The Trust’s Jeffrey Levi says we have been doing much better in the past decade, but he worries about […]

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Highway Patrol reports on Fair Play Traffic Fatality

The South Carolina Highway Patrol has issued an explanation for Tuesday morning’s fatal crash on West Fair Play Boulevard, near I-85.  A representative for the Highway Patrol said a car driven southbound by 79-year old James Rufus Brown of Fair Play attempted a left turn onto Brandon Drive when he was struck by a tractor-trailer. The Highway Patrol identified that […]

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Local Projects included in Federal Aid Bridge Program

Two bridge resurfacing projects in Oconee County are being recommended for state repairs in 2013. The South Carolina Department of Transportation announces that public comment on the projects is currently being accepted.  DOT resident maintenance engineer for Oconee County Mike Smith says the bridges recommended for funding from the Federal Aid Bridge Program are the north and southbound lanes on […]

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