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Pickens Delegation meets tonight

January 8, 2015

The Pickens County Legislative Delegation meets at 5:30 this evening at the Carr Center (West End Hall) in Easley, and the county’s Republican Party chairman says the meeting will be interesting from a number of financial aspects. Phillip Bowers, the GOP chairman, said, “We will likely hear about a gas tax hike.” Bowers, however, said…

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Seneca man charged with breach of trust

January 8, 2015

An arrest warrant served by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office charges a Seneca man with breach of trust. Richard Barrett Thompson, 41 years old, was booked into the Oconee Detention Center Tuesday after a highway patrol traffic stop on highway 24 at Shady Lane. State troopers learned through the National Crime Information Center that an outstanding…

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Bitterly cold wind chills anticipated

January 7, 2015

National Weather Service is warning 96.3/WGOG land to anticipate bitterly cold wind chills across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. We can expect this significant cold wave to last the rest of the work week. An Arctic airmass is building across the region today and will persist into Friday. Temperatures tonight and tomorrow should yield…

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Precautions in advance of a 14-degree morning

January 7, 2015

Although tomorrow is forecast as a 14-degree morning, the plan is for Oconee public schools to run on regular time. Yet, in advance of this major drop in temperatures, the public schools are taking precautions starting today. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, says those precautions include having maintenance personnel to report to schools by…

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Walhalla councilman proposes water rate hike

January 7, 2015

T-J Bagwell believes that when it comes to what it will cost to borrow money toward a $17 million dollar Walhalla water plant, it’s better to pay more now than wait for when the bills come due. That’s why Bagwell, appointed last night as chairman of the Walhalla utilities committee, proposes a water rate increase.…

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At Pioneer Water, optimism gives way to reality

January 7, 2015

Pioneer Rural Water District closed out 2014 with optimism that perhaps spring time will allow for bids to hit the street for the district’s first treatment plant. But Pioneer’s outside engineering consultant, Chuck Joye, doused that optimism yesterday when he backtracked during a meeting of the Pioneer board of directors. “Progress is being made, but…

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Car flips on I-85

January 7, 2015
Car flips on I-85

  Public safety responders came to the aid of a woman and her dog when the woman’s car flipped late yesterday morning on I-85.  The accident occurred in the vicinity of exit 2, highway 59.  Fair Play Fire Department reported no major injuries.

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Spike detected in Probate Judge’s marriage ceremonies

January 7, 2015

At least two factors appear to be contributing to an increase in marriage ceremonies at the Oconee County Probate Judge’s Office in Walhalla. The office has always been a place where you not only apply to get hitched, but offers ceremonies for those willing to pay a fee to say the matrimonial vows. Judge Kenny…

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Council members to see the emails

January 7, 2015

The courts have decided a pair of zoning challenges that members of the public mounted against Oconee County and some of its officials. But in their aftermath there remain lingering concerns, according to some members of the Oconee County Council. And they, particularly Paul Cain and newly-elected chairman Wayne McCall, want to see emails that…

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Cost-saving potential for an in-house attorney

January 7, 2015

The new Oconee County Council delegated County Administrator Scott Moulder last night with the task of determining the cost-saving potential for hiring an in-house attorney. District Four’s Joel Thrift nominated Tom Martin of Anderson to be reappointed county attorney, but District One’s Edda Cammick said she favors hiring someone who would keep an office in…

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Calendar

  • January 30, 2015Walhalla Civic Auditorium Presents Southern Fried Nuptials
  • February 1, 2015 10:00 amShellem Cline at Bethel Baptist Church Singing
  • February 5, 2015 7:00 pmHoly Spirit Encounter Conference
  • February 7, 2015 12:00 pmBenefit for Jack Norris
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