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Time of year for Westminster to dig deeper

March 11, 2014

Westminster leaders next week will deal with a rate increase from their electric power supplier, the PMPA. City Administrator David Smith said he plans to make the rate increase an agenda item for city council’s regular March meeting—one week from tonight. This morning Smith declined to tell 96.3/WGOG NEWS the size of the increase that…

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50 or older and out of work? Tech can help

March 11, 2014

Tri-County Technical College is one of 12 community colleges nationwide chosen to receive a grant to put unemployed people, 50 and above, back into the workforce. It’s a two-year, $165,200 grant from the AARP Foundation that targets the needs of low-income, older adult women, and offers training in healthcare support, office and administrative support and…

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Former President speaks in Greenville

March 11, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton speaks next month in Greenville, an event that comes about as the result of a long association between Clinton and former Governor Dick Riley, a Greenville resident. Clinton’s remarks Tuesday, April 8 will help celebrate Riley’s lifelong work and the Furman University public policy organization that bears his name. Tickets for…

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Early voting light

March 11, 2014

Early voting at Seneca today was described as light, but there’s still plenty of time for the city voters to exercise their duty and cast ballots. Voting continues at the Shaver complex until 7 tonight. Potentially, as many as five thousand voters are eligible to cast votes in Seneca’s 2014 city council election. In the…

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Longtime county worker retires

March 11, 2014

For a long-time Oconee County employee, retirement is something she can recommend and something she’s already begun to enjoy. Kay Olbon was gardening this morning—only a few days after leaving the county’s employ as its director of human resources. On Friday, she wrapped up a career of 22 years, 9 months. Olbon started work with…

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Documenting structures in a floodplain

March 11, 2014

Oconee County employees have begun to document floodplain structures. The county’s Community Development Department will look specifically for structures in or near the floodplain documented by FEMA—the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to David Stokes, department director, his department’s employees will be driving vehicles properly marked as county vehicles and will carry official identification. “We…

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Prescribed burn at Mountain Rest

March 11, 2014

A U-S Forest Service prescribed burn is planned this morning near Cassidy Bridge Road at Mountain Rest. And plans call for that prescribed burn to begin around 10 o’clock. While the burn is underway, the road to Hell’s Hole Campground will be closed.

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Marker to denote 1943 plane crash

March 11, 2014
Marker to denote 1943 plane crash

 A remote part of Oconee County, the vicinity of a military airplane crash during the Second World War, will become a memorial site—thanks to an effort inspired by county residents. A B-25 Army Air Corps plane crashed into a mountain top at night on March 10, 1943—21 miles north of Walhalla and just one mile…

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Fire department outgrows its building

March 11, 2014

An Oconee County volunteer fire department has announced plans to expand and renovate its 31-year old station building. Corinth-Shiloh Fire Department paid an architect to draw plans and has received an estimate that it’ll cost $325 thousand to add sleeping quarters, a training room, and study rooms for university students who serve as fire fighters.…

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Four city councils meet tonight

March 11, 2014

The governing bodies in four of Oconee’s municipalities are in action tonight. And, for at least three of them, executive session matters highlight their agendas. Westminster City Council plans a private meeting for a personnel matter, not specified in the pre-meeting agenda. Walhalla City Council plans to go behind closed doors at seven o’clock for…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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