“The child is in a safe environment”

An 11-year old girl has been removed to what the Oconee Sheriff’s Office calls a safe environment and has had no contact with a suspect in a case of criminal sexual conduct.  The Sheriff’s Office this afternoon announced the arrest of a 31-year old man near Seneca.  According to the sheriff’s Office, Branden Leeshea Rogers of West Reedy Fork Road […]

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Sheriff’s deputies equipped for the weather

A winter storm warning is in effect for Oconee from midnight tonight until 7 tomorrow morning.  And the Sheriff’s Office is taking measures to be ready to assist when needed. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says, “Our Uniform Patrol vehicles have studded tires on them and we do have several 4 wheel drive vehicles that will be used as primary response vehicles […]

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Weather cancellation

Homecoming and annual Alumni Celebration at Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School this weekend has been cancelled.  Instead homecoming activities will take place Friday, January 29–the evening of the basketball games with Greenville Tech Charter High School.  Games begin at 6.  The showcase of the Homecoming Court, to include the crowning of the 2016 Homecoming Queen, will take place 20 minutes after the […]

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South Carolina dodges a bullet with the EPA

The power generation industry in South Carolina has learned that the federal government has spared the state from requirements to reduce carbon emissions.  That exclusion, according to an official of one electric cooperative, is going to ensure that South Carolina gets to keep a competitive advantage that helps stabilize the cost of living in the South.  Factoring in the addition […]

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Power supplier readies for the storm

The retail power supplier Blue Ridge Electric is getting ready today for the winter storm that is expected to arrive some time tomorrow.  Though there’s still uncertainty about what we’ll get and when, the cooperative’s Terry Ballenger says his crews are mindful about the potential consequences for ice on power lines.  If it’s as much as one-quarter of inch of […]

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Talks to lead to contract extension

  Walhalla’s agreement with its general Streetscape contractor expires tomorrow, but it appears it’s only a formality to grant Hutch ‘N Son an extension to finish the job.  Danny Hutchinson told 101.7/WGOG NEWS this morning his company will need until the end of March.  Extending the contract until March 31 is likely to be accomplished by administrative action at City […]

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Star Lab brings night sky down to earth

Fourth graders at Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary received a visit last month from Star Lab.  A portable, inflatable planetarium that can hold up to 25 students, Star Lab offered the students a projection unit with cylinders to view aspects of the night sky.  The students are studying the stars and the solar system.  Teacher Mark Fischer trained in using the […]

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Refugee vetting bill gets Scott’s support

A bill to enact a strong vetting process for any refugee population looking to enter the U-S has the support of Tim Scott, U-S senator of South Carolina.  Republican Scott yesterday registered his vote in favor of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015.  According to Scott’s office, the bill places a moratorium on refugees until the […]

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Hiking trails planned at Sassafras Mountain

The South Carolina DNR plans two new hiking trails at Pickens County’s Sassafras Mountain.  Public input, comments and guidance are invited during a meeting at 10 o’clock Monday morning, February 8 at the Clemson DNR office at 311 Natural Resources Drive.  One trail is to offer a view of Sassafras Falls on Abner Creek—about one-half mile below the summit of […]

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