Political winds blow in District Four

With the official qualifying period to open next week, there is an announced candidate for Seat Four, Oconee County Council.  He’s Oakway resident and Seneca insurance agent Julian Davis.  Davis says he would take an “open mind” to the council with the hope of bringing people together.  Davis, a Republican, says he has spoken about his candidacy with Joel Thrift, […]

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Fire aftermath: Unit One shut down

VideoThe aftermath of a fire has left Unit One at Oconee Nuclear Station off line.  Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services says Unit One was taken out of service out of precaution as result of yesterday afternoon’s fire in a large transformer in the switchyard outside of the plant.  About 40 fire fighters needed just under 30 minutes to bring […]

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NRC’s 2015 report card for Oconee Nuclear

The government’s watchdog agency for nuclear power has finished its annual review of Oconee.  And, for the year 2015, the review translates to a good report for the licensee of Oconee Nuclear—Duke Energy.  Mark Franke, Director of the NRC Division of Reactor Projects, says that in 2015, Oconee Units 1, 2, and 3 “operated in a manner that preserved public […]

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Lawsuit alleges wrongful death

The death of a woman in 2014 is at the center of a lawsuit filed this week in the Common Pleas Court at Walhalla.  The lawsuit alleging wrongful death was filed on behalf of Oconee County resident Lucia McKinney, representing the estate of Edna Pringle.  It names six defendants, including Sava Senior Care and a company doing business as Seneca […]

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Tech student wins top award in statewide competition

A Tri-County Tech student from Westminster won the highest individual prize during last weekend’s competition at the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association Festival.  Chelsea Adams took the Triathlon Award for best overall performance by an individual.  Adams and other Tech students, as a team, swept the top prizes.  The statewide association is a professional organization that promotes the study […]

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1/2″ snow melted quickly

Many Oconeeans got excited yesterday during a brief March snowfall.  People looked carefully at the falling precipitation to distinguish whether it was all rain or some frozen precip mixed in.  And Walhalla was among the places where snow fell.  Barbara Wilson, Official Weather Observer, reports 45 degrees for Thursday’s high temperature, 29 degrees for the period’s low, and .23-hundredth precipitation.  […]

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Second arrest in Pickens County homicide case

  Pickens County Sheriff’s Office made a second arrest in this month’s shooting death of Reza Farah Khan, a Townville resident.  Arrested yesterday on charges of accessory after the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of grand larceny was Mary Joann Kelley.  The 30-year old Kelley was described by the Sheriff’s Office as an acquaintance of murder suspect […]

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Sound so loud “you can hear a pin drop”

For much of the time of Oconee’s 13-year old courthouse, hearing has been problematic if you are trying to follow what’s been happening in the courthouse’s largest courtroom.  There, on the fourth floor spectators and, at times, court officers haven’t been able to hear what’s said among the witnesses, the lawyers, and the judge.  But the clerks of court believe […]

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Donna Carter

Fair Play – Donna Eileen Stull Carter, 74, widow of the late Ronnie Dale Carter, Jr., 355 Catfish Hill Road, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at her residence.    A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com  SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISITNG THE FAMILY         Fair Play […]

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Governor proclaims March Prescribed Fire Awareness Month

  At 7 o’clock Saturday night, February 27 the doors of Oconee’s administrative office complex in Walhalla were opened for the convenience of election workers carrying the results of the Democratic Presidential Primary voting.  But those in the meeting room smelled burning wood.  The smell emanated from a prescribed burn earlier in the day in the upper part of the […]

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