Councilman to build 10 Walhalla homes

103 S. Spring Street is a Walhalla downtown side street address, at which a city councilman sees development possibilities.  Councilman Tjay Bagwell disclosed today to 101.7/WGOG NEWS he plans to have 10 small houses built on a lot bordering S. Spring and Broad streets.  And he will approach the city planning commission to request a P-U-D—planned unit development zoning.  Bagwell […]

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High winds knock out service for Blue Ridge customers

High wind near Walhalla yesterday afternoon took out electric power service to nearly 350 customers of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  The trouble area was SC 183 and the vicinity of Country Junction.  Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger said, “We had tear downs on two single-phase power lines and a tree limb that fell across a three-phase line. It took our […]

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Emergency repairs to the State Park swimming lake

  The superintendent at Oconee State Park, Joanna White, is disappointed today to report that, at least for the start of the summer season, the swimming beach will be closed.  Emergency repairs were required two weeks ago when divers discovered the valve had collapsed to the swimming lake.  To avoid, pressure on the historic dam it became necessary to drain […]

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Moulder: Permit issued is conditional

    Scott Moulder, Oconee County Administrator, confirmed this morning that the county has issued a builder’s permit that allows the contractor to proceed with work on the Pioneer Rural Water plant.  That permit was one of the contested issues between the parties.  Moulder said this, “It is correct that a conditional approval permit was issued for the portion of […]

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Bullet-proof windows in place at Treasurer’s Office

A re-modeling has installed bullet-proof windows that separate the public from the clerks in the office of the Oconee County Treasurer’s Office.  The counter windows now face the hallway at Pine Street in front of the office.  The bullet-proof windows are another layer of security.  During property tax season, a deputy sheriff is stationed in the hallway.  The re-modeling is […]

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Duncan lauds South Carolinian’s nomination to the NRC

Congressman Jeff Duncan applauds the nomination of Columbia resident David Wright to the NRC—the government watchdog of nuclear energy.  Duncan, Republican from Laurens, says it’s fitting that a South Carolinian would be nominated—considering South Carolina is one of three states which draws most of its power thru nuclear energy.  Wright served as chairman of the state Public Service Commission. Duncan […]

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Fire consumes “Bob’s Place”

A weekend fire in Pickens County destroyed a tavern located in a remote part of the county.  Investigators have decided the origin of the fire at “Bob’s Place” on the Moorefield Memorial Highway was suspicious.  Late Saturday night a passing motorist saw flames on the front porch.  The tavern was closed.  No arrests have been made but, according to the […]

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Development in Pioneer legal squabble

A development within the litigation that envelops the project to build a Pioneer water plant. Pioneer General Manager Terry Pruitt announced that Oconee County yesterday released the treatment plant building permit sought by Pioneer’s general contractor, the Harper Corporation.  The release of that permit was scheduled to have been argued by attorneys later this week before a judge in Anderson.  […]

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