Science of fruit growing displayed at Oconee farm

South Carolina peach growers could extend the life of trees infected by root disease by using a new planting technique.  That technique is on display at Clemson University’s Musser Fruit Research Center near Seneca.  By planting trees in shallow engineered berms with the top parts of the roots exposed above ground, plant pathologist Guido Schnabel says growers can prevent the […]

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Brandt optmistic for settlement

  The commissioners of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority took no action after their private meeting Monday to consider what to do about money they say is due them from Oconee County government.  But Larry Brandt, the JRSA attorney, said he went into the meeting seeking guidance, and he believes he received it.  Brandt says he is going to […]

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Clemson President to speak at Westminster

James Clements who became the 15th president in the history of Clemson University will visit Westminster next month to keynote the annual Rotary Club luncheon.  The Friday, September 11 luncheon is a hallmark event of Apple Festival Week, which brings thousands of visitors to the city and to the apple-growing sections of Holly Springs and Long Creek.  101.7/WGOG NEWS has […]

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Westminster open for business

Like many towns nationwide, Westminster has its share of empty storefronts.  But the city is attempting to lure new business by capitalizing on its location convenient to the many recreation opportunities offered by the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.  City Administrator Jeff Lord yesterday attended a Greenville event where he tried to interest recreation business-types to consider Westminster.  “The recruiting […]

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Council moves to quell intense controversy

After repeated calls by members of the public, Westminster city leaders removed the fee for temporary and event signs.  The action came during council’s August meeting.  In recent months, Westminster residents have complained that the city was being unfair by charging a $50 dollar fee and confiscating what constituted illegal signs.  But City Administrator Jeff Lord says Westminster’s sign standards […]

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Streetscape work weather-related


Work crews hope to pour concrete today for the new “tip island” at Walhalla’s Main and S. College, but this week’s intervals of showers could be a factor.  How much concrete gets poured there will be limited, according to contractor Danny Hutchinson, because his crews are waiting for both Duke Energy and AT & T to bury lines.  The cost […]

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Auditorium gets “major sponsor”

  Walhalla will commit $1,800 from its hospitality fund for the city to serve as a major sponsor for the privately-run Civic Auditorium.  As explained last night by Councilman Lamar Bailes, the sponsorship will cover a half dozen shows staged by the auditorium.  At the urging of Councilman Josh Holliday, an allotment of tickets to which the city is entitled […]

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Bidding to build a roundabout

Contractors submitted bids last week to build Oconee County’s first roundabout—-a circular-type intersection which the state DOT has designed for Wells Highway and Strawberry Farm Road near Seneca.  Josh Makison, DOT resident construction engineer, says he expects to receive word in two weeks of the winning bidder for the project. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Computer and printer taken by shoplifters


A man and a woman are suspected of stealing a computer and a printer last weekend from the Seneca Wal-Mart.  Oconee Sheriff’s Office appeals to the public to provide the tip that solves the shoplifting case.  It took place around 10 o’clock Saturday night when, according to authorities, the man and woman concealed items and tried to leave the store.  […]

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