Unemployment Rate inches Up

Unemployment numbers rose slightly over last month according to figures recently released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.  The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.4% in December from 8.3% in November.  The rate was 1.2% lower than the December 2011 rate of 9.6%. A similar trend occurred in the tri-county area of Upstate South Carolina.  […]

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Awards presented to OC Rescue Squad Members

Lynn Wilbanks, a member of Mountain Rest Rescue Squad, was named the Oconee County Emergency Services “Rescue Squad Member of the Year” for 2012, during the annual Rescue Squad Awards Banquet at Gignilliat Gym in Seneca.  Wilbanks has been a member of Mountain Rest Fire Station since 1998, Mountain Rest Rescue since 1991, and Chief of the rescue squad for […]

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Seneca wins Statewide Award for Events

Seneca is nominated for two statewide awards at this year’s South Carolina Festival and Events Awards banquet on Saturday, explains Seneca Events Coordinator Riley Johnson. “There is a seminar every year and this year it is going to be held in Charleston and it’s the South Carolina Festival and Events Awards.  They recognize events throughout the state and this is statewide, […]

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SC first in Jobs linked to Foreign Investment

South Carolina continues to stand out as a top destination for foreign investment, ranking first in attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to an analysis by IBM-Plant Location International. The Palmetto State ranked above Texas and North Carolina, which were ranked second and third, respectively, in the 2012 report. Each year, IBM-PLI publishes a report titled Global Location Trends looking […]

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Heavy Rains fall in Golden Corner

Rain, rain, go away.  Many are signing the popular children’s song after three straight days of rainfall in the Golden Corner of South Carolina.  Recent rains have totaled anywhere from 1 to 5 inches in the Upstate with Oconee County reporting 2.18 inches of rain fell in one 24-hour period this week.  For the month, total rainfall in Oconee County […]

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Mountain Road Collapse

Sister station WGOG reports that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed Newfound Gap Road also known as U.S. 441, due to a landslide which undercut the road near mile marker 22 between Collins Creeks and Webb Overlook.  The slide is estimated to be a 200-foot section of road extending 1,000 foot down slope, but the full extent of […]

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Rucker sentenced to 47 Years

A man will spend the next 47-years behind bars for killing an Upstate woman and her unborn child.  Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams announces that Keith Rucker pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court to voluntary manslaughter and death of a child in utero. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced him to 30 years on the manslaughter charge and 17 years […]

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Clemson selling Used Equipment

The City of Clemson’s Department of Public Works will be accepting sealed bids for used vehicles, equipment, computer accessories, and miscellaneous items that have up for sale.  Items may be viewed and sealed bids may be submitted at the Clemson Public Works Facility, located at 1155 Old Central Road in Central, between 8am and 5pm  Monday through Friday, beginning January […]

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NRC denies Duke Energy request

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied Duke Energy’s request for more time to transition to a revised fire protection system at Oconee Nuclear Station. Duke Energy had wanted a two-year extension, but the NRC said no in a letter this week. According to a safety evaluation prepared by the NRC, in 2006, Duke Energy disclosed plans to install a new […]

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Upstate Banker and Developer plead in Fraud Case

An Upstate banker and developer have pleaded guilty in a fraud case. United States Attorney Bill Nettles announces 47-year-old William Binnicker, Jr. of Easley and 78-year-old Rufus Revis of Anderson pled guilty this week in federal court in Anderson, to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.   United States District Judge Timothy Cain of Anderson accepted the plea and will impose sentence after […]

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