OC to reconsider stance on eminent domain

Oconee County Council would like to know the public’s attitude about the possibility of closing a county road—because a bridge owned by the railroad is no longer safe. The public’s feedback is to be sought on the possibility of closing Dyar Road near Seneca. The road, off the Old Clemson Highway, features a single-lane bridge, built in 1955, and sees […]

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New CVB Newsletter released

The Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau released the March 2013 newsletter this week.  This month’s edition features stories highlighting spring in the Golden Corner, explains Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO Ken Sloan.  “Primarily my focus is on what is going on in Oconee County right now, so, each month what will draw tourists and what […]

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Six killed on SC Highways over Weekend

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces six people were killed on state roads and highways from Friday, March 1, at 6pm until Sunday, March 3, at midnight. As of March 3, 101 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 127 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012.  Oconee County has yet to experience a highway fatality […]

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Shingles in Patients with Autoimmune Diseases

Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases are at increased risk for developing infections like shingles.  Many patients take immunosuppressive drugs to treat the inflammation and pain associated with those diseases. A new study examined whether patients beginning anti-TNF therapy are at increased risk for developing shingles.  “These are therapies that are very specific in terms of inhibiting a […]

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Unique Natural Treasure growing Wild in OC

The Oconee Bell is a rare wild flower only found in the Jocassee Gorges region of Oconee County. Our Native American ancestors, the Cherokee, considered it to be a lucky omen of the rain gods since it grew close to the waters edge. According to Cherokee legend, it was the Oconee Bell that led them to the valley of the […]

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CBS Poll on Sequestration

How do Americans feel about the stalemate in Washington over sequestration? A new CBS poll shows a majority fear they will be impacted by the automatic budget cuts. CBS News Director of Surveys Sarah Dutton gives details.  “More than half of Americans, 53% expect that their own lives are going to be effected by the sequester.  Just 39% think they […]

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New Platform to report Bad Businesses

Resolving over $10 million in consumer reported damages against bad business practices and scams, Scambook, the online complaint resolution platform, is furthering its impact by taking part in this week’s National Consumer Protection Week. Scambook is educating consumers with their knowledge of the latest scams and protection tips compiled by their highly dedicated staff, the largest team of complaint investigators […]

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CU Police charge OC Man in Copper Theft

A 46-year-old Walhalla man was arrested Saturday in connection with the theft of copper from Clemson University property in Oconee County.  Clemson University police charged James Chastain with committing injury to real property to obtain nonferrous metals.  Oconee County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him Saturday. Police said someone stole copper from transformers at the Clemson University impound lot in Oconee County […]

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Four detained in Seneca Meth Lab bust

The Seneca Police Department has detained four people as part of their investigation of a methamphetamine laboratory found operating inside a motel.  The meth lab was discovered inside two rooms at a By-Pass 123 motel. According to Seneca Police Chief John Covington, suspicious activity led police to the Town ‘n Country Motel. A cleanup crew was summoned from Columbia.  The […]

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Seneca Half Marathon and 5K attracting Tourists

Over 150 people have already signed up to run in the City of Seneca’s 3rd Annual Half Marathon and 5K on March 16.  Seneca Events Coordinator Riley Johnson says they are building off last year’s success to make this year even bigger and better.  “Upstate Medical Associates, Dr. Henry and all the folks over there making this race possible.  They […]

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