OC Firefighters participate in Training Event

Fire Departments in Oconee County and across the Upstate participated in training Sunday as part of a two-day series on rural water supply. The training teaches firefighters how to deliver large quantities of water to an emergency scene in a rural setting or a disaster where water systems may be inoperable. Oconee County depends on the use of tanker trucks […]

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Meet CIA Agent from Argo at Walhalla Library

The book Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, describes the rescue of six Americans during the 1979 take-over of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by Iranian mobs. This rescue was engineered by the CIA’s Technical Services Division. Come meet Carlos Luria, who was its Executive Officer at the time, and hear the story behind […]

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Sunday Alcohol Sales flowing smoothly in Seneca

Several businesses in the City of Seneca have taken advantage of the new ordinance allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales inside the city limits and so far, things have gone smoothly, explains Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander. “So far it has gone well; I have not had any complaints.  For the businesses that have already gotten it, they have shared with us that […]

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Seneca wants more Seats on OJRSA

Seneca wants more seats on the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority Board.  Representation on that board is based on the percentage of customers, explains Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander. “On the Board we have four seats now and in the bylaws it states that the amount of flow determines the number of seats.  We have 63% of the customers or the […]

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22 Flu Deaths reported in SC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reports at least 22 people have died from influenza in South Carolina since the fall. That compares with a single death in the last flu season.  DHEC announces two of those 22 flu related deaths have occurred in Oconee County.  Nineteen of the deaths have involved people at least 65 years […]

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Georgia Couple pleads to Drug Charges

A Georgia couple charged with storing and distributing cocaine to residents of the Upstate has pleaded guilty in federal court and now awaits sentencing.  An announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office states that John Melvin Cannon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and Kasondra Cannon pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of cocaine. During their investigation, authorities […]

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SDOC celebrates Four National Board Certified Teachers

The School District of Oconee County is proud to announce that, in addition to the 98 Oconee County teachers who are already certified under the stringent National Board process, four more teachers have met the requirement. This brings Oconee County’s number to 102 teachers who are National Board Certified.  Congratulations goes out to Chandra Black of Fair-Oak Elementary, Katherine Elliott […]

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Test Homes during Radon Action Month

During Radon Action Month, everyone is being urged to test homes for an unwanted intruder that cannot be seen or smelled. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named January as Radon Action Month because the health effects of the gas tend to be downplayed or ignored.  Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in the […]

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OC only Upstate County to see Job Growth

Oconee County received some recognition this week in Columbia as the House Ways and Means Committee heard a report that the Golden Corner was the only place in the Upstate that saw employment growth.  Oconee County Economic Development Commission executive director Richard Blackwell gives details. “Frank Rainwater, who is the Chief Economist for the state of South Carolina, made a […]

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