Council takes 3-2 votes

Votes of three in favor, two against proved to be the norm during last night’s Oconee County Council meeting. Division showed in the ranks of the councilmen in a handful of major issues. By one-vote margins, the council gave the second of three required readings to an ordinance to cover all county employees who are sued while in official duties; […]

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Crime scene investigation

Officers this afternoon are reported sifting through trash at one of Oconee’s manned convenience centers. According to a caller to 96.3/WGOG, the officers appear to be interested in something or some things that may have been thrown into one of the bins at the Five Forks convenience center, between Walhalla and Westminster. It’s believed they’ve yellow-taped the area. Swain Stihl, […]

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Help break the cycle of abuse

At 4 o’clock, you can help break the cycle of abuse.  Representatives of Safe Harbor and the county’s emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, will greet the public at the Walhalla Main Branch of the Oconee Library to share ways everyone can help to break the cycle of abuse.  You can find out how you can volunteer to get […]

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Plea and sentence in the death case of two infants

A mother admitted her guilt today in the deaths of her two infant children, and she was sentenced in the Oconee General Sessions Court. A court officer said Melissa Cassandra Patton pleaded guilty to two charges of felony driving under the influence in the deaths New Year’s Day of Patton’s children: one-year old Taniya Gambrell and four-year old Sariya Dean. […]

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Fishing for the monster bass

The Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau is out with a reminder of the bountiful holdings that Oconee County waterways have for the angler. The CVB has arranged for a fishing show to be filmed this weekend on Lake Jocassee and has signed a new deal with the Bass Fishing League for at least one new tournament, maybe two, next […]

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A drop in Oconee’s jobless rate

The latest unemployment figures released by the state show Oconee County’s rate fell below 7%. For September, the jobless rate stood at 6.8%—down from 7.2% in August. Out of a county workforce of nearly 31 thousand, 700, those with jobs number 29,554. Oconee’s rate is two-tenths of a percentage point below the statewide rate which, for September, stood at 6.6%. […]

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Economic Alliance gets student help

Oconee Economic Alliance has engaged the help of a college student to advance the cause for economic development. Southern Wesleyan University student Darren Gessner is taking advantage of a new internship/mentoring program available to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in economic development. Gessner is a senior business major from Napoleon, Ohio. His responsibilities will include an […]

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How water resources are to be shared

A new agreement signed last week in Elberton, Georgia spells out how water resources are to be shared among the Duke Energy and U-S Army Corps reservoirs in the Savannah River Basin. The Army Corps of Engineers describes the operating agreement as increasing drought tolerance within the watershed and promoting conservation efforts. The agreement encompasses Duke’s Keowee-Toxaway Project (Lakes Jocassee […]

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