NRC correspondence with Duke Energy

A question that begs a definitive answer is whether an earthquake-tsunami sequence, such as that which struck Japan a few years ago, is the kind of natural event that could repeat itself at U-S nuclear plants.  U-S plants are designed to include monitoring instruments to detect seismic activity and trigger a plant shutdown if the ground motion exceeds a specified […]

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Concrete pour is iffy today

Today’s forecast is promising the thermometer will hit 50 degrees, but the cold this morning makes Walhalla Streetscape sidewalk work iffy, at best.  The plan for Hutch ‘n Son calls for a plastic cover over any concrete poured today for the new sidewalk on the south side of Main, from Ann to the Steak House.  Meantime, the sidewalk in that […]

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When it comes to hospitals, bigger is better

Telephone booths and drive-in movie theatres have vanished across the American landscape.  So have small community hospitals.  The Oconee hospital medical staff and this year’s Leadership Oconee class are among groups who received presentations in the last week that touched on disappearing small hospitals.  The presenter, Hunter Kome, President of the GHS Oconee Medical Campus, makes the case when it […]

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Deborah Bridges

Deborah Kay Bridges died Wednesday at AnMed Hospital.  She was the wife of Stanley Bridges.  A celebration of life will be held by the family.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Search resumes this morning

At 7:30 this morning, searchers will reassemble to start a second day of trying to find an Asheville, North Carolina area resident Scott Turner believed missing in the vicinity of Mountain Rest.  Family members found the man’s truckTuesday near the Cherry Hill/Big Bend area of northern Oconee.  Wind and extreme cold have hampered the search operations.  One searcher who walked […]

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Auditor to leave office after two terms

Oconee’s two-term auditor is heading to the sidelines.  Ken Nix, a Republican, last night announced he will not offer this year for a third term in office.  In a statement, Nix said, “The two terms I have been blessed with take me into full retirement age.  I sincerely thank the citizens of Oconee County in supporting me as I strived […]

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Martin faces “uphill battle”

A judge told Tamassee-Salem supporter Lynn Martin she faces an uphill battle to win her court case against Oconee public school officials and the district, but he also indicated he’s impressed by some of her points.  With five rows of supporters behind her, Lynn Martin got her chance today to make her case for the continued operation of Salem’s remaining […]

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No tree “rumor” knocked down

Pockets of dirt areas have been etched out along the route of Walhalla Streetscape, but there’s no truth to a rumor that the state DOT won’t let the city have trees along the newly-laid sidewalks.  It’s a rumor that Dan Pollock, president of Partners for Progress, wants to put to rest.  Pollock says, “We are in the process of negotiating […]

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Effie Burchfield

Mary Effie Burchfield, 98, of 307 N. Pew Street, Westminster died Tuesday at her home. She was the widow of J-T Burchfield.  The funeral will be 11 am Saturday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial follows in Chauga Baptist Church cemetery.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Friday at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the […]

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