Citizens Police Academy graduates 23

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has its first Citizens Police Academy. A graduation ceremony for the first class, 23 students, was held this week in the second floor training room at the Oconee Law Enforcement Center. The ceremony was attended by 47 people. Among the speakers: Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, Senator Thomas Alexander, and Sgt. Mike McGowan, class facilitator.

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Heritage Center to rely on piggy bank

The failure of the 1-cent capital project sales tax leaves the Oconee Heritage Center more than $400 thousand dollars short in its quest for funding to renovate and improve its museums. But the Heritage Center has not given up. It released this statement yesterday: “If you support the Oconee Heritage Center and still want us to have your pennies, drop […]

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Election results to be made official today

Oconee’s election commissioners gather this morning in Walhalla to make official the results of voting in Tuesday’s General Election. The commissioners are scheduled to meet at 11 o’clock in county government’s Pine Street office complex in Walhalla. The so far unofficial winner of the District One seat for Oconee County Council, Edda Cammick, carried 94.5% of the vote, with nearly […]

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Car strikes side of restaurant near Seneca

A Lexus automobile has crashed into the side of a restaurant near Seneca.  The accident occurred a few minutes ago at the International Deli at Dogwood Plaza.  The car was driven by an elderly man and contained a female passenger.  No one appears to have been hurt, including a table of law enforcement officers seated just inside the building.  The […]

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Oconee agriculture to be celebrated with dinner

A dinner to recognize the year in Oconee County agriculture. The Oconee Soil and Water Conservation District Celebration of Agriculture Banquet takes place at 6:30 Thursday night, November 13 in the fellowship hall at the South Union Baptist Church. Usually 160 people attend the dinner. By today, some 120 had purchased dinner tickets. For $10, you’ll be served roast beef, […]

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Rescue operation near Seneca

96.3/WGOG NEWS has learned of a rescue operation in progress this morning along the railroad near Seneca.  A woman is said to have fallen from a steep bank onto the railroad tracks and was transported with what are called non-life threatening injuries for treatment.  The scene was described as the Norfolk Southern Railroad area between Wells Highway and Radio Station […]

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Did apathy help doom the 1-cent vote?

If you saw leaders of Oconee Public Library leave Election Central Tuesday night, you saw their walk was a little slower than usual. And, perhaps, that can be traced to shock and disappointment over the failure of the 1-cent capital project referendum. “We were disappointed, but we were pleased that 9,000 out of the 20,000 or so folks who cam […]

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Double duty this month for Walhalla voters

Walhalla voters are being asked to return to the polls for a second time this month to fill a vacancy on their city council. A special election to decide who replaces the late Kathy Rogers takes place 7 a-m to 7 p-m Tuesday, November 18 and voting will take place at the Fire Department. The chamber of commerce has arranged […]

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Fire takes heavy toll near Westminster

A fire early this morning near Westminster destroyed a mobile home. Westminster and as many as four other fire departments responded to a call shortly before 2 o’clock on Morningside Drive, near the Dr. John’s Road. Although no one was hurt, the Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross transported one individual from the fire scene.  Lt. Michael Smith of […]

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