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ONS’s 2013 performance, as judged by the NRC

March 11, 2014

The federal watchdog agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has determined that the overall performance of Duke Energy’s Oconee nuclear units in 2013 preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objectives. The NRC informed Scott Batson, Oconee Site Vice President, by letter March 4 that all inspection findings had very low safety significance. The…

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Homeowner’s actions key to arrest

March 11, 2014
Homeowner’s actions key to arrest

  According to an Oconee Sheriff’s Office incident report, the actions of a homeowner helped lead to the arrest last week of a Pickens man—one of two persons implicated in a Lake Keowee area crime. Authorities arrested and charged Jamie Lee McAlister, 25 years old, with burglary first degree and larceny at a home on Katelynn…

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Duncan comments on international crises

March 11, 2014

Whether it’s Venezeula or the Ukraine, Congressman Jeff Duncan says he believes the U-S plays an important role as those two counties strive for more freedom. But the South Carolina 3rd District congressman says he does not support U-S military intervention in either one.

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Forgiving three snow days

March 11, 2014

Legislation sits on the Governor’s desk to allow schools boards to forgive up to five days for inclement weather. The thinking in Oconee County is for the district to approve forgiving three days. That would require some changes in the current school year, according to a report heard last night by the Oconee School Board.

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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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Calendar

  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 8:00 amBenefit for Charles Powell
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
  • November 30, 2014Westminster United Methodist Church's Christmas Congregational Singing
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