Slight drop in Oconee’s joblessness

Oconee County ended 2014 with a slightly lower jobless rate for December. For the final month of the year, the state pegged the county’s unemployment rate at 6.2% of its workforce—meaning that, of an approximate workforce of 32,000, two thousand members of its workforce were looking for new work. The November 2014 rate was slightly higher, at 6.4%. Across South […]

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A donation to the Blood Connection

 A Southern Wesleyan University sophomore from Anderson, Malek Martin, made a donation that helps others live. Martin gave blood to the Blood connection last week during the MLK Blood Drive on his school’s campus. The Blood Connection extended its hours for the drive—because of a current shortage of supplies. Sixty-six units were donated.

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Westminster to compete in TV challenge

A wrestler from Westminster will compete in this season’s Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge which considers itself the toughest physical competition that airs on national television. Jake James will get his chance during the episode that premieres at 8 o’clock Sunday night, February 8 on CMT. James is 6’2’, 225 lbs and will compete in the challenge to determine the […]

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Libraries to pursue private money-raising arm

Oconee Memorial Hospital and Tri-County Technical College have them. So, why not the Oconee County public libraries. Danny Day, library board chairman, announced last night that the library system will pursue the creation of a foundation, an arm to raise money from the private sector for the betterment of the public libraries. Day says a successful foundation that raises money […]

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Cain’s advice: “Don’t lose heart”

Trustees for Oconee public libraries received the following advice last night from County Councilman Paul Cain: “Don’t lose heart.” A visitor at the trustees’ meeting, Cain urged the board to not become discouraged by the defeat of last year’s referendum that would have built new libraries and renovated others. Cain said the result showed voters simply aren’t willing to pay […]

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Walhalla area woman missing

 A 69-year old Walhalla area woman remains missing this morning and is the subject of an alert to the public. 417 Snead Road, Walhalla is the last known address for Lorraine Anne Leiss-Lee, but Oconee deputies believe she has not been at that address for the last three weeks. Deputies say there have been no recent sightings. Out of concern […]

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Hearing in Brookshire versus Community 1st Bank

A judge said today he’ll be “hard-pressed” at the pre-trial level to throw out the claim filed by a Hilton Head Island woman against the Oconee County-based Community First Bank. Common Pleas Judge Lawton McIntosh made the comment to attorneys as a hearing came to a close at the Oconee Courthouse. However, McIntosh held off issuing his ruling. The judge […]

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Neighbor charged with burglarizing home

A 46-year old Oconee County man has been arrested and charged by the Sheriff’s Office with twice burglarizing the home of a neighbor. The Sheriff’s Office reported the weekend arrest of Donald Jay Davis charged with larceny and burglary second and third degree at a neighbor’s home—a home for sale on Beth Lane between Seneca and Clemson.

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Trees coming down!

Walhalla began to tear down its Bradford pear trees that line a four-block area of Main Street downtown.  The tree-cutting began this morning on Main near Ann Street in front of the Walhalla Steak House.  It’s the first visible sign that Streetscape is starting.

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Emails made available to County Council

As instructed by Oconee County Council, the office of County Administrator Scott Moulder has made available to the five council members unredacted emails that specifically relate to a lawsuit that challenged the county’s agriculture residential zoning classification. Moulder told 96.3/WGOG NEWS this morning those emails, in binder form, were made available to the council members before the start of last […]

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