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Fire under investigation

February 28, 2014

The Oconee fire chief says a fire during the 2 o’clock hour this morning remains under investigation. Chief Charlie King says the first fire fighters to reach Oak Creek Trail in the Oakway Community found a structure consumed in fire. The structure, believed to have been used for storage, collapsed. Responding to the early morning…

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Spring for changes at OC parks

February 28, 2014

Spring will signal change within Oconee County’s three-park system. For the first time, those wishing to reserve campsites and shelters may do so through a national reservation system called “Reserve America.” Phil Shirley, PRT director, says the reservation service will incorporate Oconee’s parks beginning April 24. Shirley also announced that Saturday, March 8 will serve…

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Councilman non-committal on pay aspect

February 28, 2014

Walhalla Councilman David Underwood champions the need to bring bus passenger service to his city. But will his city be willing to help pay the costs, as suggested recently by a couple members of the Oconee County Council? “I think that’s something I’ll have to take back to the (city) council to get direction from…

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Overnight house fire and traffic accident

February 28, 2014

An early morning house fire in Oakway. According to Rural Fire Control, what burned shortly before 1:30 this morning on Oak Forrest Trail may have been an un-occupied house. No injuries are believed to have occurred. A traffic accident impacted the Seneca bound lanes of travel early last night on 123 near Carson Road.

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Expanded bus service to begin

February 28, 2014

The company awarded an Oconee County job to study expanded bus passenger service will begin its work in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the county’s transit advisory task force will delay its next meeting in anticipation of the work to be carried out by the company URS. The URS’s Chip Berger said his…

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Eight applicants to share in OC “HAT” money

February 27, 2014

Eight Oconee groups that stage events to bring visitors to the county are to share in $30 thousand worth of hospitality and accommodations tax money. And they are to use their shares to sponsor future events that’ll have the effect of growing county tourism even more. At a meeting today, the county’s PRT commissioners agreed…

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Two financial institutions to join hands

February 27, 2014

Oconee Federal Financial Corporation, holding company for Oconee Federal Savings and Loan, and Stephens Federal Bank are announcing today a merger agreement. The acquisition means the addition of Stephens Federal’s offices in Toccoa and Clayton, Georgia to Oconee Federal’s four branch network in Oconee County. Stephens Federal’s three offices will operate as branches of Oconee…

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Prescribed burns make for smoky skies

February 27, 2014

Prescribed burns have the purpose of lowering the amount of fuel on forest ground, which has the beneficial effect of preventing catastrophic wildfire. But, depending on where the wind takes the smoke, a prescribed burn can be mistaken for an actual fire—as was the case this week in southern Oconee County. “The weather being optimal,…

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Start of political year 2014

February 27, 2014

The official start for the 2014 political season comes in three weeks in South Carolina. A two-week period for partisan candidate filing for local, state, and federal offices begins March 16. For local offices, the place to file is the Oconee County elections office at Walhalla. But the state Election Commission is the place to…

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“Bad move for the community,” doctor says

February 27, 2014

A doctor well familiar with Oconee Medical Center warns that a marriage to a Greenville health organization will be bad for the Oconee County community. Dr. Tauqueer Alam, an internal medical specialist, sees an OMC affiliation with Greenville Health Systems as surrendering too much control to Greenville and will really harm Oconee when it comes…

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Calendar

  • August 29, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 31, 2014 3:00 pmThe Westminster United Methodist Church's Community Singing
  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 7, 2014 7:00 pmOconee County Baptist Camp Meeting Under the Tent
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