Former Judge sentenced for Tax Fraud

A former Municipal Court Judge in Central will spend the next 24-months behind bars for tax fraud.  United States Attorney Bill Nettles announces that 48-year-old Janet Reese of Central was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy Cain to 24 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $472,000 in restitution.  Reese had earlier pled guilty to filing false tax claims. Evidence […]

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NRC addresses LakeLevel Concerns

An official of the government’s nuclear watchdog agency has told a PickensCounty couple that, as long as the level of LakeKeowee is kept 791 feet above mean sea level, OconeeCounty’s three nuclear reactors can continue to operate safely. Robert Pascarelli of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation said, “If Lake Keowee goes below that level, and it is not […]

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Public info meeting on Sanctuary Pointe

Now that the state Budget and Control Board has given its blessing to the Sanctuary Pointe project in OconeeCounty, an announcement is likely to be made soon for a public information meeting about the project and the impact it will have on a LakeHartwell peninsula off I-85. According to Marion Edmonds, spokesperson for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and […]

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BASF halfway through Seneca Expansion

The expansion of a Seneca plant has reached the halfway point.  Officials with the BASF Catalyst plant in Seneca announce the $62 million expansion project is halfway finished.  The project represents one of the largest economic investments in OconeeCounty.  This year the company plans to spend $35 million, or roughly half of the original investment, to continue to improve production […]

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U.S. Office Romances increasing

If you are looking for love this Valentine’s Day, it may be closer than you think. A new CareerBuilder survey finds workplace romance is very common.  “Nearly 40% of workers say they have dates a co-workers and about a third went on to marry that person.  So, you are seeing successful long term relationships blossoming out of office romances.” However, […]

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GED Tests to be Computer-Only Next Year

Starting next year, anyone taking the General Education Development or GED test in South Carolina will only be able to take the exam by computer.  Adults who did not finish high school can take the GED test to get their diploma equivalent. For years, it has been paper-and-pencil, but the group, which sponsors the tests, began introducing new computerized versions […]

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National Conference at CU promotes Playing Every Day

ClemsonUniversity is set to host the US Play Coalition’s Conference on the Value of Play Feb. 17-20 at the MadrenConferenceCenter.  More than 200 experts in the fields of medicine, parks and recreation, health science, education and more will address the benefits of play during lectures and panel discussions. The conference theme is “The Value of Play: Taking Action.” Presenters will share research […]

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Workshop to help SC Growers reach Markets

An upcoming workshop for farmers, growers and food producers will help launch a new program for businesses in South Carolina that want to sell to local restaurants and grocers. The S.C. Market Ready program, a partnership between Clemson Extension, the S.C. Department of Agriculture and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, is holding a one-day workshop on Feb. 27 to help food suppliers succeed in the […]

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Lt. Gov. proposes Plan to Revise Regulatory Process

Regulatory reform has recently become a hot political topic in the PalmettoState, as sunshine has found its way further into the shadows of state government.  Without requiring a “yes” or “no” vote from your legislator, regulations have served for years as a convenient, behind-the-scenes approach to expanding government’s presence in the daily lives of our citizens and businesses.  This process […]

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Graham challenges President’s Call for New Gun Laws

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said he opposes gun control measures proposed by the Obama Administration.  He also said the Obama Administration should vigorously enforce the gun laws already in place. Graham also focused on the issue of Alice Boland of South Carolina.  Boland had a long history of mental illness yet was still able to pass a federal […]

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