Appeals sounded for higher law enforcement spending

Oconee County Council heard appeals last night for higher spending to help the cops and the judges keep the bad guys off the streets.  The occasion was the annual hearing on the new Oconee County budgets.  Chief Magistrate Todd Simmons complained that he and his colleagues are constrained by the lack of a database of information that gives a true […]

Read more

Incumbent loses bid for re-election

One incumbent coasted to re-election.  A second incumbent saw his re-election hopes dashed.  Those are highlights from primary election in Oconee County.  Wayne McCall of District Two dispatched his opponent, Jared Ketterman, with a tally of nearly 72.5%, to Ketterman’s 27.5%.  Julian Davis III topped a three-man field for Seat Four County Council, with Davis taking 62.68%; incumbent Joel Thrift, […]

Read more

Carolyn Fitzgerald Blackwell

Walhalla, SC— Carolyn Fitzgerald Blackwell, 71, wife of Morris C. Blackwell for 53 years, of 219 Wagner Circle, Walhalla, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at Cannon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Davenport Funeral Home chapel, with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive […]

Read more

Barbara Ellen Hicks Sechrist

  Mountain Rest, SC— Barbara Ellen Hicks Sechrist, 85, wife of the late Leonard Gene Sechrist, of 151 Chauga Hill Road, Mountain Rest, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at her home. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sechrist was preceded in death by her son: Leonard Brent Sechrist; and sisters: Faye Baumgarner and Dell Nora Hicks. Funeral […]

Read more

An election night to remember!

New faces emerge in the winner’s column is not the only reason that GOP primary night will be one for the books in Oconee County.  A widespread power outage in the upper parts of the county that took 101.7/WGOG off the air is another reason.  So is what’s believed to be the poorest voter turnout in modern Oconee times.  Only […]

Read more

Oconeean Ritter a faithful blood donor

Governor Nikki R. Haley has proclaimed June as Blood Donor Appreciation Month and June 14, 2016, as World Blood Donor Day in South Carolina, as The Blood Connection joins other organizations in the US and around the world to celebrate people who save lives. “We want our blood donors to feel as special they are, for saving lives every day […]

Read more

Ruby Wood

  Walhalla – Ruby Lee Eades Wood, 87, widow of the late Christopher C. Wood, 602 Rooster Drive, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 at her residence.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Sandifer Funeral Home.  A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family is at their […]

Read more

Overall Thorsland performance regarded “excellent”

In all eight categories measured, according to the trustees’ chairman, the work done by the Oconee district superintendent of education is exemplary or satisfactory.  And Chairman Andy Inabinet said he and the trustees agreed last night to award Dr. Michael Thorsland a three percent pay raise and an extra year on his contract.  The budget that received final trustees’ approval […]

Read more

Power bill relief envisioned in Westminster

  At a Westminster meeting, a couple of figures were tossed around as to how much relief certain retail electric customers can expect for their participation in a voluntary “smart meter” program.  This morning Mayor Brian Ramey predicted his city will stick with a 5% break on the bill of the smart meter customer.  Last night the mayor and council […]

Read more

Emergency food and shelter money

Funds through “FEMA”—the Federal Emergency Management Agency—will help Oconeeans who qualify pay for emergency food and shelter.  Oconee County’s share in the amount of $35,485 is to be distributed by the United Way.  The United Way invites interested social service agencies to apply for funds by contacting Kimberly Ellis at 882-9743 ext. 106 no later than noon Friday, June 24.

Read more
1 117 118 119 120 121 1,089