Statewide welding competition

  A Tri-County Technical College student from Walhalla was one of six welding students who won awards at the 34th Annual South Carolina Technical College State-wide Welding Competition.  Greenville Technical College hosted the competition. Walhalla’s Dakota Phillips won third place.  

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Steps to Yellow Branch Falls to be rebuilt

An improvement project in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest is being described as a major undertaking.  To pull it off, the Forest Service will benefit next week from a highly-skilled trail crew from the Southeastern Conservation Corps.  The project is to rebuild the steps leading to the popular Yellow Branch Falls off highway 28 north […]

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New water line crosses Chauga River bridge

  A new City of Westminster water line now crosses the Cobb Bridge Road over the Chauga River.  As explained to 101.7/WGOG NEWS by city administrator Jeff Lord, this eight-inch line will allow his city to begin serving some of its rural customers in that area with Westminster water. Previously, in an arrangement with Walhalla, those customers received Walhalla water […]

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Blue Ridge Electric’s 76th membership meeting

During a meeting last night in Pickens, three incumbent directors Joel Davis of Oconee County, Pickens County’s Spencer Dalton, and Kenneth Southerlin representing Greenville and Spartanburg counties were reelected by acclamation to new three year terms on the board of directors of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  The elections were part of the 76th annual Blue Ridge meeting, attended by […]

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Industry expansion in Pickens County

A fire sprinkler manufacturer is expanding its base in Pickens County.  The office of Governor Haley and the state Commerce Department are announcing a 150 thousand square foot expansion of Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company on Smith Grove Road in Liberty.  The company is to make a $23 million investment and create 100 jobs.  

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Oconeeans urged to help welcome visitors

Iced tea, lemonade and baked items are among the goodies that South Carolinians can offer to those who drive to the Palmetto State and make a stop at the state’s welcome centers.  Ahead of National Travel and Tourism Week, tourism manager Dawn Duncan at the Welcome Center on I-85 at Fair Play is turning to the Oconee community for help […]

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Lawsuit filed on behalf of Bridge program student

A lawsuit has been filed for a student who enrolled in the Bridge program of Tri-County Tech and Clemson University.  The lawsuit, filed last week in the Oconee Common Pleas Court on behalf of Theodore Padussis, alleges negligence over living arrangements at the off-campus High Pointe apartment complex.  Named defendants were realtor/developer Tom Winkopp, Clemson University, and Tri-County Technical College.  […]

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Baby Read turns to the business community

Volunteers for the early literacy program Baby Read are flocking the next five weeks to restaurants and other parts of the Oconee business community to request permission to put up posters.  Baby Read volunteers, such as Janice Garcia, read to the youngest members of the community and their moms or dads to promote a love of reading at an early age. […]

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Duncan accuses Obama administration of arrogance

Congressman Jeff Duncan accuses the Obama administration of arrogance by passing over state leaders when it comes to discussing whether terrorists at Guantanamo Bay should be transferred for detention in the U-S.  And Duncan, the Republican from Laurens, says the level of arrogance is alarming.  Duncan hopes to start to rectify that this morning with a Homeland Security hearing in […]

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