All known outages are no more!

After a day of high wind gusts, tornado warnings and periodic heavy rain, the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative reports crews have restored power to all customers. The manager of operations, Sam McMillan, says there were 14 broken poles across the system.  Throughout the day and night more than 5,500 members were affected.  But, by this morning, no outages were reported.  Parts […]

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Water improvement project completed

A public hearing this week marked the end of a water line improvement project in one of Walhalla’s oldest neighborhoods.  A representative of the local government service agency, the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, presided at the City Hall hearing for the purpose of reviewing how well the water upgrade was carried out in the city’s Chicopee Mill Village.  […]

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Mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevented

The state is hoping that local communities will start to plan now for mosquito-borne illnesses that warmer weather will bring.  The historic flooding in October, coupled with a relatively warm winter, has the potential to increase mosquito populations and the threat of disease.  The state Department of Health and Environmental Control urges local governments to review, update or create ordinances […]

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New carpet for two libraries

Two branches of the Oconee County Public Library are being freshened up next month with new carpet, but that means those two branches will be closed a couple of days. The Westminster Branch will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10.  The Seneca Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15. All other locations will […]

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Ray Goodwin

Ray Johnny Goodwin, loving husband of 30 years to Anna Moore Goodwin, 105 Rock Crusher Road, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at his residence. A funeral service will be held 4 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016 at Chauga Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military rites. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Thursday, February […]

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Rosa Roach

  Rosa Victoria Ramey Webb Roach, 69, widow of the late Wyman Franklin Roach, 607 Shiloh Road, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.    A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016 at Ole Country Church, 102 Old Hurricane Road, Westminster.  The family will receive friends from 12-2 prior to the service at […]

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Trooper testifies against I-85 driver

At an I-85 traffic stop, trooper Kevin Rholetter said the driver of an Audi automobile told him the car was carrying seven pounds of marijuana.  Rholetter quotes Anousack Thanonglit as saying he was on his way from Atlanta to Charlotte and was being paid $700 dollars to transport the drugs.  Thanonglit went on trial yesterday in the Oconee General Sessions […]

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High winds bring power outages

By late last night, nearly 800 customers within the multi-county Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative area remained without electric power.  Eighty-two of those customers were in Oconee County.  Among outages reported yesterday to 101.7/WGOG NEWS were the Westminster and Keowee Key areas.  School buses delivering students home encountered downed lines—the result of a rainy and windy afternoon.  Blue Ridge crews were […]

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