A “Severity Level IV” violation at Oconee Nuclear

An inspection that was completed June 30 at Oconee Nuclear identified three findings of what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission called “very low safety significance.”  But an additional finding by the inspectors led the NRC to document a Severity Level IV violation. NRC spokesman Joey Ledbetter says no fine is being proposed, but it was a violation the government watchdog takes […]

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Walhalla-West Union area accidents

A car is reported to have hit a guardrail this morning near West Union.  The driver was sent to the hospital.  Damaged in the impact, the guardrail did its job, preventing the car from dropping down an embankment off the Torrington Road.  According to Walhalla Fire Department, last evening a female driver received a medical airlift after her car wrecked […]

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New twist to the next sirens test

Duke Energy has scheduled tests of the emergency sirens within ten miles of the Oconee Nuclear Station.  Those tests will be run Wednesday, August 17 in Oconee County and Wednesday, August 24 in Pickens County.  These times the sirens are to be tested as part of new software installations.  As usual, the tests are scheduled for three minutes starting at […]

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Joe Kay

Seneca, SC— Joseph “Joe” Walton Kay, 79, husband of Beverly Gurley Kay, of 202 Steepleton Way, Seneca, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Utica Baptist Church with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, […]

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Masked burglars strike Keowee Elementary

In the middle of the night, Oconee deputies drew their weapons as they encountered two masked intruders in the Keowee Elementary School.  They ordered the intruders to drop what they had in their hands.  The scene was approximately 12:45 yesterday morning, and the deputies went to the school responding to an alarm.  Law enforcement documents released this afternoon show two […]

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Hydro power project seeks new license

A corporate-owned hydro-electric project near Seneca has begun a lengthy process to win a new license—at a time when an act of nature idled the operations there.  A lightning strike two weeks ago halted power production, but a representative of the Coneross Power Corporation says once the damaged equipment is repaired the plant will be back on line.  A tour […]

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Summer meal program fed hundreds of children

For the first time, the Oconee County Public Library joined with the School District of Oconee County’s Food Services department to feed kids for free. Three county library branches served free summer meals to hundreds of children.  The meals were provided by the School District of Oconee County’s food services department and were served on weekdays from June 7th – July 29th, except for […]

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