When it comes to drought, Oconee still a “red” county

South Carolina has seen rainfall during the last six weeks, but some areas—such as Oconee, Anderson and Pickens—continue to battle a level of drought and are trying to recover from long-term lack of precipitation.  “Rains over the last two weeks have accelerated field preparation and corn planting,” S.C. Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Aaron Wood stated.  “Winter wheat, cool-season pasture, […]

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Pickens County to hold the line on taxes

Pickens County Administrator Gerald Wilson has told the county council the proposed budget is balanced and there will be no tax increase.  However, the new Pickens County budget was difficult to balance because of a projected 5% increase for health insurance, 7% increase of property and liability insurance, a 2% increase in the county’s state retirement cost, and the implementation […]

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Alumni winners at Clemson University

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored the winners of the 2017 Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on one of the university’s graduates. The 2017 Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award winners are: Richard M. Davies ’86; John W. Kelly Jr. ’77; Ronald D. Lee ’76; Perry Sprawls Jr. ’56 M. ’61, Ph.D. ’68; and James H. Stovall ’51. The Clemson […]

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“Pioneer has done nothing wrong,” Pruitt says

  Pioneer Rural Water has retained the prominent Wyche law firm in Greenville to defend itself against those attacking it in the court.  And Pioneer General Manager Terry Pruitt hinted at a potential counter attack, saying, “To protect our customers, Pioneer will have no choice but to explore ways to seek recovery from the plaintiffs for damages from delay caused […]

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Large home fire remains under investigation

An afternoon fire a week ago devastated a large home in southern Oconee County.  The office of Oconee Emergency Services and an insurance company are working in tandem toward making a determination of why the fire started.  The location was described to 101.7/WGOG NEWS as the Chandler home and, according to Oconee Emergency Services, the call for help came from […]

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Blue Ridge crews remained on standby

Blue Ridge repairs crews remained on standby during the night to be ready to respond to any further outages caused by the high winds that blew through the area much of yesterday.  By 9:40 last night, seven Blue Ridge Co-Op customers were without power–two in Greenville County and five in Pickens County. Repair crews anticipated those lost customers would be restored […]

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Elene Rholetter Pelfrey

Westminster, SC— Ellene Rholetter Pelfrey, 79, wife of the late Joel Dean Pelfrey, of 121 North Horseshoe Bridge Road, Westminster, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Ellenburg Skilled Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Long Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.The family will […]

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Trafficking meth costs woman her freedom

A term of six years in prison was meted out in the Oconee General Sessions Court to a woman arrested last year on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine second offense.  Judge Sprouse handed down to Malinda Gail Wilson a six-year sentence, with credit for time served in jail awaiting trial.  Sprouse approved a straight six-year term recommended by the office […]

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