OC Firefighters take Advanced Training

Over the weekend, nine members of Oconee County’s fire service took part in advanced training at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Making the trip were Oconee County Fire Chief Charles King, Crossroads Chief Ronnie Williams, Picket Post-Camp Oak Chief Jeff Heaton, Oakway Rescue Chief William Myers, along with firefighters Brad Whitifield, T.J. Harlos, Bradley Roach, Brian Phillips, and […]

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Swimming discouraged due to High Water Levels

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina is urging visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to avoid swimming in the creeks, rivers and streams until water levels recede. Water levels are more than a foot above normal in some waterways. High water levels and strong stream flows pose a safety risk to visitors. Three swimming-related fatalities have occurred […]

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Americans favor Cash

A survey by the personal finance website Bankrate.com finds that about 26% of Americans consider cash savings the best way to invest money not needed for at least ten years. Bankrate.com senior financial analyst Greg McBride says that this is not a wise investment strategy.  “When you are settling for conservative investments like cash, you are also giving up the […]

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Longer Life Study

Smarter choices are helping us live longer and healthier lives. A Harvard University study of life expectancy over the past two decades finds people carrying a bounce in their step later in life. Lead author, professor David Cutler says reductions in smoking and declines in cancer, combined with improved decision making and better health care are giving people at age […]

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OC Sheriff’s Office makes Drug Arrests

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made drug arrests during normal road patrol and enforcement operations.  The first arrest occurred during the afternoon of July 11th.  According to deputies, a posted traffic check point was being conducted on Mountain Road at the intersection with Clearmont Road.  A deputy at the checkpoint heard a vehicle come to a screeching halt on […]

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Controlling Health Care Costs

As changes to the U.S. health care system are debated it’s clear that controlling the cost of health care remains a major factor. A new study surveyed U.S. physicians about how they see their role and responsibilities in helping to control costs while continuing to improve and provide quality health care for their patients. “Their main job is to do […]

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OC Fire Prevention receives FM Global Grant

The Oconee County Emergency Services has received a $2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. FM Global representatives presented the award to Assistant Chief Shane Gibbs on Tuesday. The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.  The information will […]

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Welfare Check leads to arrest for Kidnapping

Police charged a Seneca man with three counts of kidnapping and other domestic offenses this week after a late night welfare check.  Officers with the Seneca Police Department responded to two welfare checks at the Fair Oaks Circle apartment this week that were requested by an anonymous party.  On Monday, 24-year-old Justin Lee Lucio was arrested on outstanding drug warrants […]

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Campus Police arrest man for Credit Card Theft

Clemson University Police arrested a Seneca man in connection with the theft of an employee’s wallet from a campus office.  University Police report that 43-year-old Richard Clayton Sr. was charged Tuesday with three counts of felony financial transaction card theft, as well as petit larceny less than $2,000 and trespassing after notice. Clayton already was on notice not to trespass […]

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