New recognition for Tom Dobbins

Tom Dobbins grew up on a dairy farm in Townville to become professor and director of Clemson University Extension.  Dobbins can now add a new distinction.  He has been named Postsecondary Teacher of the Year for the Southeast by the Association for Career and Technical Education.  And he becomes a finalist for the national award to be announced this month […]

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Wet conditions hamper Streetscape

Wet conditions have impeded progress this week in the Walhalla Streetscape.  Today look for traffic flags and directions at Main and Ann streets, as Hutch ‘N Son ties into a sewer manhole in the middle of that intersection.  Plans also call for asphalt patching on the south side of Main Street between Tugaloo and Catherine, to smooth out rough parts […]

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Pastor and wife object to wineries

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The pastor and his wife at a rural church nearly 65 years old don’t want a winery in their midst—regardless of the economic benefits promised in the Salem area.  The Rev. Daniel McComb and his wife, Tanya, during Oconee County Council’s public comment registered their opposition from a religious standpoint and from the standpoint of the effect on a wooded […]

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Council votes, then clarifies its action

Oconee County Council cast a final vote last night and then found itself clarifying the implications of its action.  To the pleasure of farm community supporters, the council freed up money to apply to the purchase of 123 property belonging to the Patillo company.  But, as made clear by three of the councilmen, the money will simply be enough to […]

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Challengers win one town, incumbents two others

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The mood of anti-incumbency carried the day in Westminster, as city voters elected a new mayor and three new councilmen.  Voters in two other Oconee municipalities gave a vote of confidence to their incumbents.  The unofficial results as provided by the Oconee Election Office gave challenger Brian Ramey the office of Westminster mayor, with 198 votes compared to incumbent Rick […]

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Tree expert likes what he sees

In the estimation of a tree expert, the first two medians in downtown Walhalla contain enough top soil and depth to support large hardwood trees.  The word that 101.7/WGOG NEWS received from Richard Harper is that once all four medians are finished downtown, his committee plans to test the soil composition and depth before the trees are purchased.  Harper announced […]

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Christine Shaver

Christine Moore Shaver, 91, of Seneca died Monday.  She was the widow of T-W “Shorty” Shaver.  Graveside services will be 11 a-m Friday at Oconee Memorial Park.  Memorial constributions may be made to Hart Care, 261 Fairview Ave., Hartwell, GA  30643 or to the charity of your choice.  The family receives friends at the home, 601 Adams Street, following the […]

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Pickens County skunk exposes one person to rabies

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One person has been referred to that individual’s health care provider for a consult–after being potentially exposed to rabies in an area of Pickens County between Six Mile and Pickens.  DHEC reported today the skunk tested positive for the disease.  While handling the skunk’s carcass with bare hands on October 28, the individual was potentially exposed. The skunk tested positive […]

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Donnelly got the idea for new bus stop

In the project to establish a bus stop at a Seneca intersection, bus service advocate D-J Donnelly says it’s important to keep in mind seniors citizens and the disabled.  At a recent City Hall meeting, plans were announced to create a dedicated bus stop at E-S 6th Street and Goddard Avenue.  Donnelly says this is something he’s been pursuing for […]

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Fire traps home occupant

One person was inside the Bountyland Community home that caught fire this morning near Seneca.  She was eventually freed from an upstairs part of the home and taken to the hospital.  Charlie King, Oconee fire chief, said multiple fire stations sent fire fighters, equipment and trucks to the vicinity of 100 Bountyland Road–nmot far from the 28 traffic lights.  An […]

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