YEAR-END NUMBERS FROM CORONER KARL ADDIS

January 8, 2019 Dick Mangrum In the year 2018, the office of the Oconee County Coroner handled 781 calls. That amounts to more than two cases a day for which Coroner Karl Addis had responsibility to respond and handle. In the middle of the calendar year, thanks to funding from the county, Addis added his first, full-time assistant. The 781 […]

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CAIN AND HARTMAN TO REPRESENT OCONEE AT OPPORTUNITY ZONES SUMMIT

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum Paul Cain and Janet Hartman will represent Oconee County next month at the Governor’s Opportunity Zone Summit. The purpose of the January 25 meeting in Columbia is to help local communities spur economic development. Hartman serves as interim director of the Oconee Economic Alliance. County Councilman Cain represents District Three—the Seneca area. There, the Opportunity […]

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APPEALS BOARD TO DECIDE SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum The Oconee County Board of Zoning Appeals will assemble in early 2019 to sit in judgment of a request involving a special exception requested by a Fair Play business. The board of appeals has set a public hearing for 6 o’clock Monday night, January 14 at the County Administrative Complex in Walhalla to hear application […]

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KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT RAINY, RAIN GAUGE

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum It’s been a rainy fall and early winter, and the Army Corps of Engineers would like to avoid another winter rain event such as the one the region saw three years ago. That deluge between October and December 2015 prompted the corps to open the spillways at both Hartwell and Thurmond dams. The corps’ Jerry […]

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THREE CARS COLLIDE IN DOWNTOWN WALHALLA

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum Three cars collided this morning at a downtown Walhalla intersection, but the police say no one was hurt. The accident occurred shortly before 7:30 at Main and N. Catherine streets. Lt. Sean Brinson said at the scene everyone involved checked out to have no injuries and did not require a trip to the hospital.

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RANGER-GUIDED HIKES AND WALKS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum South Carolina state parks plan to get 2019 started in a healthy and adventurous way. Thirty parks, including Devil’s Fork near Salem, will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Tuesday, January 1. At Devil’s Fork there will be a 5K run. Hikes are mostly walks along lakes and beaches, in forests or on historic […]

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GOVERNOR SETS OPPORTUNITY ZONES SUMMIT

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum South Carolina has set late next month for a summit to help local communities spur economic development of Opportunity Zones. The community development program was established by Congress in 2017, and early this year Governor McMaster partnered with state and local leaders to announce 135 Opportunity Zones. They include census tracts in each of South […]

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SIREN TEST–JANUARY 9

December 27, 2018 Dick Mangrum The outdoor warning sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will get a test shortly after the first of the New Year. Duke Energy announces the next three-minute test of the sirens is scheduled for approximately 11:50 Wednesday morning, January 9. The 65 sirens within ten miles of the plant are tested to ensure each siren […]

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SCOTT BEHIND MEASURE TO SUPPORT JOB APPRENTICESHIPS

December 26, 2018 Dick Mangrum U-S Senator Tim Scott is a co-sponsor of a bill to strengthen the country’s workforce by filling skilled jobs through registered apprenticeship programs. There are now more than 20 thousand apprenticeship programs in the U-S and more than 150 thousand employers participating. But Scott, the South Carolina Republican, says this type of workforce training should […]

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CLOTHING WINDS UP IN THE LOST-AND-FOUND

December 26, 2018 Dick Mangrum The Greenville Hospital System Police recovered a backpack and a large carry-on bag partially hidden along the walking track at the Oconee Memorial Hospital. The bags contained clothing. They were found Christmas Eve morning. After an unsuccessful try to locate the owner, the police placed the property in the hospital lost-and-found.

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