More state troopers testify

The jury in Oconee General Sessions Court heard more testimony from state troopers in the trial in which an Atlanta man is charged with drug offenses on I-85.  One prosecution witness this morning, Corp. Rodney Frick, answered questions about how state headquarters in Columbia handled evidence in the case and how it went about testing white powder and green leafy […]

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Did a tornado touch down in Brasstown?

Oconee Emergency Services quotes the National Weather Service at Greenville as saying there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes touching down yesterday in Oconee County. One area where it was thought there might have been a tornado was rural Brasstown Community next to Long Creek.  But an emergency services official said he believes the trees that fell were the result […]

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An Oconee preference for Clinton

Of candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Oconee’s Democratic Party leader says there is excitement about both of them.  But Paulette Keffas Chassin, the interim party chairwoman, said she’s sensing there may be more of a preference for Clinton.  Saturday’s vote across Oconee will determine if her hunch proves correct.

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Four Democrats on the ballot Saturday

For those who will fill out a Democratic ballot Saturday, there are four choices:  Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Willie Wilson.  The office of Oconee Elections and Registration reminds voters that you can vote Saturday if you are a registered voter so long as you did not vote in last Saturday’s Republican primary.

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All known outages are no more!

After a day of high wind gusts, tornado warnings and periodic heavy rain, the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative reports crews have restored power to all customers. The manager of operations, Sam McMillan, says there were 14 broken poles across the system.  Throughout the day and night more than 5,500 members were affected.  But, by this morning, no outages were reported.  Parts […]

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Water improvement project completed

A public hearing this week marked the end of a water line improvement project in one of Walhalla’s oldest neighborhoods.  A representative of the local government service agency, the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, presided at the City Hall hearing for the purpose of reviewing how well the water upgrade was carried out in the city’s Chicopee Mill Village.  […]

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Mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevented

The state is hoping that local communities will start to plan now for mosquito-borne illnesses that warmer weather will bring.  The historic flooding in October, coupled with a relatively warm winter, has the potential to increase mosquito populations and the threat of disease.  The state Department of Health and Environmental Control urges local governments to review, update or create ordinances […]

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New carpet for two libraries

Two branches of the Oconee County Public Library are being freshened up next month with new carpet, but that means those two branches will be closed a couple of days. The Westminster Branch will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10.  The Seneca Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15. All other locations will […]

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