Building completion next week no longer likely

The combination coroner’s headquarters and sheriff’s substation at the Oconee hospital now appears unlikely to be completed by next week, according to a county spokeswoman. There are still a few issues remaining, such as the gutters, electric work, and still no furniture. The parking area is currently being graded. Amanda Brock, speaking for County Administrator Scott Moulder, said, “The phone/internet […]

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October’s job picture in South Carolina

Oconee’s jobless numbers in October dropped below the state average. The state saw a slight increase in those who filed claims for being out of work. Oconee’s October figures dropped 0.5% to 6.3%. It was 6.8% in September. According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, South Carolina’s labor force hit an all-time high in October, but the state’s seasonally-adjusted […]

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Promising prospect for Golden Corner park

With his fingers crossed, Paul Cain today expressed confidence that within the next few weeks or a couple of months an Oconee County industrial park will no longer be an empty place. Oconee’s newest and youngest county councilman told a group in Seneca that he and county leaders are confident that an announcement is imminent of the first tenant at […]

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After 30 years, an observation or two

This reporter can still remember the day 30 years ago that I walked into WGOG for the first time as an employee. From the parking lot into the building my legs trembled in anticipation of something new. But the discomfort quickly vanished as I eventually settled into my chosen field—local radio news reporting in a small community. My employer yesterday […]

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Driver escapes injury

A pickup truck overturned last night on a country road near Walhalla. According to reports, the driver in last night’s accident around 8 o’clock on the Busch Creek Road avoided injury. The Walhalla Fire Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were among the responders to the accident scene.

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South Carolina now in incipient drought

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee has upgraded the drought status to the first level of drought for the entire state. Previously, only nine counties were considered incipient drought. Committee members yesterday recognized the forecast for heavy rain next week, but decided to upgrade the incipient status statewide because they couldn’t ignore several indicators. Rainfalls totals over the past 60 […]

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GOP hopping mad at Obama

President Obama’s executive order to spare five million illegals from deportation is being denounced by South Carolina’s U-S senators and the state’s congressional representative from the Third District.  Democrat Obama explained his action, saying he wants to focus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families” is being hailed by members of the Latino communities, but denounced by members of the opposition […]

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What to do next?

The policymakers for Oconee public libraries are going to meet for the first time since the defeat of the 1-cent capital sales project referendum. The next meeting of the library board will allow the trustees to discuss what’s next in their effort to build new libraries and renovate others. The board will meet at 5:30 Thursday evening, December 4 at […]

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Pickens jury convicts Travelers Rest man

A Travelers Rest man convicted by a Pickens County jury of a sex offense will be required to serve at least 20 years before being eligible for parole. The office of Greenville-Pickens Solicitor Walt Wilkins today announced the conviction of Justin Ryan Cone on the charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the first degree. Judge William Keesley’s […]

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13 (at least 13) South Carolina home fires yesterday

American Red Cross is assisting 48 people who were among those affected by 13 home fires yesterday in South Carolina. According to the Red Cross, those emergency needs of those individuals are being addressed—including temporary lodging, food, clothing, mental and health services. In some instances, referrals are being made to partner agencies for long-term recovery. You can help victims of […]

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