Nine people displaced by home fire near Seneca

Fire yesterday afternoon damaged a home near Seneca.  According to the Red Cross, nine people—three children and six adults—were displaced by the fire shortly before 1:30 on the Owens Road.  Everyone inside the home is said to have gotten out of the house without being hurt though, according to the Seneca Fire Department, one person received treatment for smoke inhalation. […]

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Fire fighters attack the northern fornt

Fire crews continued their efforts to cut into containment lines as the Pinnacle Mountain fire moved slowly through the day yesterday.  Efforts yesterday were focused in the area of Slickum Falls Road.  At times, burnout operations caused heavy smoke.  In other sections of the fire’s perimeter, crews held existing lines, and monitored and patrolled for hot spots. To learn more […]

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Kenny Johns back on the job!

Kenny Johns has returned to work as Oconee Probate Judge, after a six-month suspension for social media comments made about the Zachary Hammond case.  Johns apparently resumed office duties this month after a State Supreme Court decision that upheld his interim suspension from office that covered a six-month period starting April 12.  The justices wrote:  “We find respondent’s misconduct warrants […]

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Hospital officials react to Phillips’ ouster

Greenville Health System officials are coming to the defense of the Oconeean who lost his seat on the policy-making board for the health care system.  In a statement, GHS chairwoman Lisa Stevens said, “Because of self-serving political agendas by a few members of the Greenville (state legislative) delegation, which include bringing flawed lawsuits and continual requests for inappropriate investigations, the […]

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Joyce “Marcheta Morris

West Union, SC— Joyce “Marcheta” Morris, 69, of 205 Creekwood Lane, West Union, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, prior […]

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Country fare to headline Seneca Fest ’17

Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw are the acts that’ll entertain the Saturday night crowd at Seneca Fest 2017.  Riley Johnson, events coordinator, says the events for Memorial Day weekend ’17 will take place at Gignilliat Field.  There will be jazz Thursday night on Ramcat Alley and 70’s and 80’s music by Mother’s Finest Friday night.

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Pickens County fire nears NC line

Word from Pickens County is that the fire that began on Pinnacle Mountain is approaching the North Carolina.  And that, according to one public information officer, means required coordination with North Carolina authorities in Transylvania County and other entities.  Fire fighters are a tough and determined breed.  Even though Thanksgiving arrives tomorrow, there will be no let up in the […]

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Graham: “Well, so much for locking her up”

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to not appoint a special prosecutor in the matter of Hillary Clinton email practices has elicited a comment of disappointment on the part of South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham.  The senator has released a transcript of what Graham said in a Fox News interview:  “I can understand wanting to put the election behind us and heal the […]

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Phillips: “Nothing to do with me”

Oconee businessman Rick Phillips says his removal from the board of directors of the Greenville Health System “has nothing to do with me.”  A vote by members of the Greenville Legislative Delegation removes Phillips from his seat, effective with the end of his term March 30 next year.  Phillips told 101.7/WGOG NEWS this morning he had some support among the […]

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Westminster Council to meet in special session

The mayor and council in Westminster are being called into a special meeting next week at City Hall.  According to an agenda announced yesterday afternoon, the meeting is to take place at 6 Tuesday night at City Hall and involve two matters.  Chris Carter, the administrator, is to report on a completed investigation of “possible misuse or conversion of city […]

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