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Second “John Doe” lawsuit filed

February 14, 2014

An attorney filed a personal injury lawsuit this week on behalf of a former Oconee County student alleging that a former teacher-coach sexually abused the boy when he was a student in the late 1990s. It’s the second time that attorneys have filed civil complaints against Richard Trey Gardner III, who went to prison last…

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Area growers to address state meeting

February 14, 2014

Organic and sustainable growers and supporters from Oconee and Pickens counties will address the State Growing Conference. The meeting takes place Saturday, March 1 at Greenville Technical College’s Culinary Institute of the Carolinas. The speakers include Billy Carson of Billy’s Goat Hill, Westminster. Leland Gibson of Gibson Farms, Westminster will be part of a panel…

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Tracing Walhalla history

February 14, 2014

Bill Segars lives in the Pee Dee region of Hartsville, but he takes great interest in the history of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina—especially in the Upstate. “So tell everyone,” he said, “especially the City of Walhalla, what a jewel they have in the St. John’s Church building. In my opinion, Old St. John’s…

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Roads clear, quiet night

February 14, 2014

Life’s returning to normal, at least somewhat normal, for Oconee County–just in time for Valentine’s Day. A quiet night reported, with no major Oconee emergencies. Oconee County, City of Seneca, City of Westminster are among the government offices open at regular time this morning. Clemson University opens at 10 a-m. Once again, however, Oconee public…

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Postal Service recovering

February 14, 2014

The U-S Postal Service is working to open post offices and extend mail delivery to as many customers as possible in South Carolina’s 290-296 and 299 zip code areas. The Postal Service says it experienced severe weather challenges during the past 36 to 48 hours. Operations in the Upstate and Midlands have been hampered because…

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“Glad to have this behind us”

February 13, 2014

By no means was Westminster spared by the extraordinary weather event. The city system encountered a number of outages—including a large outage that affected neighborhoods during the night. The City Hall re-opened for business at 10 this morning. “We’re just glad to have this behind us,” City Administrator David Smith said.  

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This afternoon’s latest

February 13, 2014

Oconee public schools are closed again tomorrow. Dr. Mike Lucas, superintendent, says, “Our plans are for schools to re-open on Monday, February 17.” Power suppliers report progress. By 2 o’clock, the number of Duke customers in Oconee awaiting service was 764. It had been in excess of two thousand. Late this morning, Blue Ridge Electric…

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Power troubles escalate

February 13, 2014

Power troubles are mounting! We’ve just heard that power went off in a home at West Union’s Dutch Fork subdivision. In Seneca, crews have responded to a line across Old Salem Road at the entrance to Lake Keowee Marina.

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Dexter rankled by unfunded state mandates

February 13, 2014

Reg Dexter is no spring chicken when it comes to raising the roof about the state’s unfunded mandates and how they exacerbate Oconee County’s financial standing. Dexter, chairman of budget and finance committee of county council, has been sounding an alarm for years. He has taken the complaint directly to the county’s state lawmakers, but…

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Duke outages worse in Oconee

February 13, 2014

By 8:15 this morning, Duke Energy reported that of all outages in its Carolinas’ territory, Oconee County is hardest hit. At that time, Duke counted 2,166 of its Oconee customers without their service. That number includes folks in the Playground Road area of Walhalla where, according to one resident, the power went off at 4…

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Calendar

  • October 24, 2014The Emerson Rose Heart Foundation’s 4th Annual Golf Tournamen
  • October 25, 2014 10:00 amCORVETTES AT TAMASSEE DAR School
  • October 25, 2014 4:00 pmWestminster First Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat
  • October 26, 2014 10:00 amMonti Vista Baptist Church's Homecoming
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