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“Substantial gas leak” precedes Fair Play fire

April 29, 2014

Oconee County Fire Marshal Shane Gibbs says his concerns and thoughts today are with the Fair Play restaurant waitress burned during yesterday morning’s fire. The waitress, identified as Brittany Alewine, was taken to be treated at the regional burn center near Augusta, Georgia. It was an explosive fire preceded by what Gibbs termed a substantial…

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Smoke scare in Westminster home

April 29, 2014

A smoke scare this morning at a Westminster home. At first indication, there was a fire at 309 Lakeside Drive, near the former Beacon Manufacturing plant. But Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said it turned out to be smoke from debris around a light bulb. No fire resulted and everyone inside 309…

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End for coal-fired generation could hike rates

April 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative leaders are warning of a potential end for new coal-fired generating facilities in the country. And potentially that bodes badly for Blue Ridge’s ratepayers. If a certain scenario comes to be, Blue Ridge general manager Charles Dalton predicts, co-op customers could see their bills rise by 53%. The EPA has become…

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Lights go out in Walhalla!

April 29, 2014

A dark night for Walhalla. Homes and businesses served by Duke Energy lost electric power service at 9:30 last night and remained without until 5 this morning. Neighborhoods were affected, so was the Oconee Law Enforcement Center.

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Sizeable financial loss at OMC

April 29, 2014

Another poor month for the bottom line at the Oconee Medical Center. The hospital’s board of directors last night accepted without comment reports of hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses above revenue. The March loss of $636,258 was chalked off to an ongoing decline in the number of patients spending the night in the…

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Candidate qualifies and is nominated

April 29, 2014

The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Commission has deemed attorney Scott Sprouse of Walhalla qualified to move into Seat Two, Tenth Circuit Judge, serving Oconee and Anderson counties. The commission yesterday gave Sprouse a unanimous vote as it nominated him to run in a May 28 election by the state legislature. He’ll go into that election…

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State police probe potential voting irregularities

April 29, 2014

At Seneca’s request, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has begun investigating whether as many as four people voted illegally in last month’s city election. The election that decided four city council seats is in the books and its results have been certified. But Greg Dietterick, city administrator, says there’s a larger principle involved. And…

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“Significant fire in the building”

April 28, 2014

An explosive fire at Fair Play today damaged a restaurant and left one employee with apparent serious burns. Charlie King, the Oconee fire chief, says the first set of Fair Play fire fighters to arrive at I-85, Exit 4 found significant fire inside the Bootland Restaurant and an injured female employee in the parking lot.…

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Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy grateful to lawmakers

April 28, 2014

Three South Carolina state lawmakers, two of them from Oconee and Pickens, are receiving recognition from the omstate Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. During a legislative day at the statehouse, Representative B-R Skelton of Pickens County will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his promotion of the health and well-being of SC teenagers. The…

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Setting the trusses

April 28, 2014

Contractor’s crews are beginning to set the trusses today, as a preliminary step to replace the roof over the fire-damaged Walhalla Presbyterian Church. The church congregants are rebuilding from last year’s fire at the E. Main Street church. General contractor for the project is Mavin Construction of Greenville.  

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Calendar

  • October 25, 2014 10:00 amCORVETTES AT TAMASSEE DAR School
  • October 25, 2014 4:00 pmWestminster First Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat
  • October 26, 2014 10:00 amMonti Vista Baptist Church's Homecoming
  • October 26, 2014 4:00 pmReturn Baptist Church's Community Wide Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
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