Overdue kayakers appear OK

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Word late this morning is that four overdue kayakers on section three of the Chattooga appear to be OK and are making progress down river.  Rescue teams are hiking nearby trails and paddling the river in an attempt to reach the party to assure their safety. At this time, according to Oconee County’s Charlioe King, “We believe the boaters are […]

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Van overturns near Walhalla

A large van overturned this morning near Walhalla, but the fire department reports no one inside the van required a trip to the hospital. The accident occurred shortly after 9 o’clock on the Coffee Road near Hunter’s Run subdivision. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Walhalla area manufacturer to expand

A manufacturer near Walhalla is expanding.  The Governor’s office today announced a $2.5 million capital investment and 26 new jobs at the Nason Company on s. highway 11.  Nason makes electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic components.  Nason Company provides electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic components for use in military and industrial applications. In the works on highway 11 is a 30,000-square-foot expansion.  […]

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Ideas to lower lake injuries and deaths

  Not only is the Friends of Lake Keowee organization concerned about the quality of water in the man-made lake, there’s concern for the number of deaths and injuries resulting from accidents at two sections at the upper lake end.  One idea outlined this month by Jack Lewis, president of “FOLKS”, is the establishment of a county park at Fall […]

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Four kayakers msising

Four Chattooga River kayakers are missing but, at this point, there’s no need to think they are in danger.  But a search has started, according to Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services.  Oconee County was alerted late last night that the kayakers did not show up on schedule, so a search using a helicopter is underway.  King confirmed the missing […]

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Walking track to be lighted!

  The popular walking track in front of Oconee Memorial Hospital is available to walkers sun-up to sundown, but that will change this summer.  Cortni Nations, president of the Oconee Memorial Foundation, announced last night that contributions by hospital employees and the auxiliary will allow for the installation of lights.  Nations said Seneca will install the lights in July.  The […]

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Health care in the Oconee community

  A survey required each year by the federal government has been completed by the Oconee Memorial Hospital, and last night the president of the GHS Oconee campus shared the results—the good and the bad.  Hunter Kome spoke to a meeting of the Oconee Memorial Holdings Board which governs the property used by the Greenville Health System at its Oconee […]

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Water-related death at Lake Keowee

A 68-year old North Carolina man was pronounced dead at the hospital after he was found floating face down and unresponsive in Lake Keowee.  He was Asheville resident Leon Cameron Pace.  Coroner Karl Addis says a bystander pulled Pace from the water, and it’s estimated he was found 30 feet from the shoreline in waist deep water. A pet dog […]

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George Henry Brinkley

Seneca, SC— George Henry Brinkley, Jr., 89, husband of Margie Lee Hightower Brinkley, of 401 Margie Court, Seneca, SC, died Friday, May 20, 2016, at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 PM, prior to the service, at Davenport Funeral […]

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An admission of guilt

A young man pleaded guilty today in the Oconee General Sessions Court to murder and other charges.  Judge Letitia Verdin accepted the plea entered by James William Toward, but an explanation of the facts involved and the sentencing were deferred until Wednesday.  Toward is now the second person to have pleaded guilty in the January 2014 shooting death in Utica […]

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