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Keowee Key man in “complete agreement” with Duncan

December 27, 2013

A Keowee Key man is all on-board with the Third District congressman’s plans for legislation to open energy development under less environmental regulations. It’s just that Harry Wertheimer doesn’t regard prospects good for its passage. Wertheimer worked as a mechanical engineer during his auto industry career and, from his retirement home, has waged a campaign…

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How to explain it?

December 27, 2013

Only a few days remain in a year in which Oconee County fatal traffic numbers fell appreciably. From 23 fatalities in 2012, the toll on the highways in 2013 fell to three dead. When asked for an explanation, the county’s coroner could only say, “It’s been a good year.” At 96.3/WGOG NEWS’s request, Coroner Karl…

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Just how many black bears are out there?

December 27, 2013

Researchers at Clemson University and the state Department of Natural Resources have completed field work on a project that will yield important new information on the population of black bears in the South Carolina mountains. The objective is to estimate the black bear population in the Mountain Hunt Unit located in northern Oconee, Pickens and…

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Solid waste facilities back on schedule

December 27, 2013

All Oconee County solid waste facilities return to normal schedule today. That means regular hours for the manned convenience centers, the landfill, and the transfer station.

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The 2013 Year in Review

December 26, 2013

For those in the radio business, there certainly was much to talk about in 2013. In fact, one four-letter word that spells “rain” would tell the biggest Oconee County story. More than 40” of rain during the first six months spelled an end to a severe drought. Fortunately, for the water tables there was enough…

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Cell towers proliferate in Oconee?

December 26, 2013

Josh Stephens, Oconee County zoning administrator, announced last week that county staff is at work on a map delineating communication cell towers across the county. The members of the Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals are likely to find the map helpful as they go about deciding if future towers are warranted and where they should…

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Turning Christmas trees into fish habitats

December 26, 2013
Turning Christmas trees into fish habitats

 If you purchased a natural Christmas tree this holiday season, consider recycling it at lakes Hartwell or Thurmond. The fish will thank you. The Army Corps of Engineers is collecting used, natural Christmas trees to enhance fish habitat at the lakes. The trees will be tied in bundles, weighted with concrete anchors, and submerged in…

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2014 is an election year!

December 26, 2013

Oconee County Republicans invite the public for a meet-and-greet breakfast 16 days into 2014. The event will take place from 8 to 10 a-m Thursday, January 16 at the Seneca Family Restaurant and will cost $7 a person. Mary Jo Gallagher of the Republican Party invites everyone to join in the conversation or to ask…

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Moped operator allegedly carried weapons

December 26, 2013

What an Oconee sheriff’s officer called a wide right turn raised suspicions during patrol operations last Saturday near Townville. And those suspicions led to a traffic stop on Woolbright Circle near South Carolina 24 in which the operator of a moped was charged with multiple offenses. Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, said…

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Year-end holiday travel

December 23, 2013

The motor club AAA Carolinas predicts a record number of South Carolians is hitting the highways for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. The prediction of as many as 1.3 million state residents traveling 50 miles or more on the highways represents an increase of 22 thousand travelers, compared to last year. The 12-day holiday period this…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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