Sewer overflows in Oconee

Heavy rainfall has resulted in three sewer overflows across Oconee County.  Bob Winchester, director of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority, has issued a public notification of the incidents. They occurred Tuesday at the Flat Rock pump station wet well on the Duck Pond Road near Walhalla, at Miller Branch between highway 24 and Hampton Street, Westminster, and at Seneca Creek […]

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Fair Play man charged with neglect

Robin Scott Hughes

A 50-year old Fair Play man faces the charge of neglect of a vulnerable adult.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office confirms the arrest Tuesday of Robin Scott Hughes of the Rock Hill Road.  An arrest affidavit charges that Hughes did “knowingly and intentionally neglect to provide proper care for his father, Patrick Hughes, of whom he is the guardian, by failing […]

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Pre-trial hearing in Hipps’ case

According to the court docket, a Pickens County courtroom is to be the scene tomorrow of a pre-trial hearing in the civil lawsuit brought on behalf of the family of Tucker Hipps.  He’s the Clemson student who died under mysterious circumstances In September 2014 at the highway 93 bridge leading to the campus from Oconee County.      

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New recognition for Tom Dobbins

Tom Dobbins grew up on a dairy farm in Townville to become professor and director of Clemson University Extension.  Dobbins can now add a new distinction.  He has been named Postsecondary Teacher of the Year for the Southeast by the Association for Career and Technical Education.  And he becomes a finalist for the national award to be announced this month […]

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Wet conditions hamper Streetscape

Wet conditions have impeded progress this week in the Walhalla Streetscape.  Today look for traffic flags and directions at Main and Ann streets, as Hutch ‘N Son ties into a sewer manhole in the middle of that intersection.  Plans also call for asphalt patching on the south side of Main Street between Tugaloo and Catherine, to smooth out rough parts […]

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Pastor and wife object to wineries


The pastor and his wife at a rural church nearly 65 years old don’t want a winery in their midst—regardless of the economic benefits promised in the Salem area.  The Rev. Daniel McComb and his wife, Tanya, during Oconee County Council’s public comment registered their opposition from a religious standpoint and from the standpoint of the effect on a wooded […]

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Council votes, then clarifies its action

Oconee County Council cast a final vote last night and then found itself clarifying the implications of its action.  To the pleasure of farm community supporters, the council freed up money to apply to the purchase of 123 property belonging to the Patillo company.  But, as made clear by three of the councilmen, the money will simply be enough to […]

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Challengers win one town, incumbents two others


The mood of anti-incumbency carried the day in Westminster, as city voters elected a new mayor and three new councilmen.  Voters in two other Oconee municipalities gave a vote of confidence to their incumbents.  The unofficial results as provided by the Oconee Election Office gave challenger Brian Ramey the office of Westminster mayor, with 198 votes compared to incumbent Rick […]

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Tree expert likes what he sees

In the estimation of a tree expert, the first two medians in downtown Walhalla contain enough top soil and depth to support large hardwood trees.  The word that 101.7/WGOG NEWS received from Richard Harper is that once all four medians are finished downtown, his committee plans to test the soil composition and depth before the trees are purchased.  Harper announced […]

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