Seneca Events in 2016

The Events Committee of Seneca City Council met this morning and reviewed ideas for city-sponsored events in 2016.  Riley Johnson, events coordinator, says many of the events in 2015 will be brought back for another year—including Seneca Fest on Memorial Day weekend.  The committee will re-convene Wednesday next week to select the headline musical act.  

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Hutch ‘N Son in touch with North Pole

The contractor for Walhalla Streetscape, Hutch ‘N Son, announced this morning that it has sent an email to Santa Claus at the North Pole to be sure that, although downtown Walhalla remains a construction zone, Santa knows the way will be cleared Christmas Eve, one week from tonight, to allow him to make the rounds with presents for the area’s […]

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Accident near Westminster

An accident on this rainy morning near Westminster.  A caller reports two vehicles involved—one of which appears to have rolled over in a ditch.  Shortly before 8 this morning, an ambulance left the scene of the accident at U-S 76/the Toccoa Highway and Hobson Street.

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By scaling a fence, inmate escapes briefly

An Oconee inmate climbed a fence in the outdoor recreation area and escaped shortly after 6 last evening.  But Cody Adam Pelfrey’s reprieve lasted less than one hour.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, county officers with the help of citizens and the Walhalla and Westminster police found the 29-year old Pelfrey and placed him back in custody shortly before 7 […]

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Opportunity for a high school diploma

In only a few days, a window of opportunity closes on a special opportunity to help South Carolinians in need of a high school diploma.  The provisions of Act 155 qualify former students who missed getting diplomas because they failed one or both portions of the now-abolished South Carolina exit exam.  But Steve Hanvey, Oconee School District administrator, Act 155 […]

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Woman’s Club gets boost from City Hall

A grant of $500 dollars is being recommended to help the Seneca Woman’s Club stage a quilt show next month at the Historic Ballenger House.  The money, in the form of a grant from Seneca’s “A-TAX” Committee, represents proceeds from an accommodations tax paid by visitors to the city.  The committee governing that fund met yesterday at City Hall approved […]

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Four arrested in Tokeena-Crossroads traffic stop

An early morning traffic stop in the rural southern Oconee area of Tokeena-Crossroads sent four people to jail on charges that included drug offenses, possession of a stolen vehicle, and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.  The four displayed addresses in Seneca, Pendleton, La France, and Milledgeville, Georgia.  They were booked into the county detention center between 2:15 […]

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Disappointed Walhalla councilman

Walhalla Councilman David Underwood admits he’s disappointed that he did not receive Mayor Danny Edwards’ appointment as the city’s new mayor pro-tem.  At this week’s meeting, Edwards made new committee assignments and announced Jennifer Crawford as mayor pro-tem, succeeding Tjay Bagwell.  Underwood told 101.7/WGOG NEWS Crawford is an asset to city government, but he thought his top finish in the […]

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Multiple charges against Oconeean

By this morning, Oconee County resident Joshua Scott Ivester remained in jail—under a combined surety bond amounting to $118 thousand.  The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest yesterday of 31-year old Ivester on charges of larceny and breaking into motor vehicles.   An arrest affidavit naming Ivester accuses him of stealing a golf cart, valued at 25-hundred dollars.  According to the Sheriff’s […]

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A 101.7/WGOG NEWS correction

This reporter mis-stated the amount of reward that is possible for whoever might provide the right information that leads to solving the case of Christmas decoration vandalism at Seneca’s Norton-Thompson Park.  This week we incorrectly stated that a $2 thousand reward had been posted.  We should have said there’s the potential for a reward of up to $2 thousand.  That […]

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