Court ruling upholds South Carolina’s open primaries

IndependentVoting.org applauds a decision this week that dismissed a lawsuit by the Greenville Republican Party seeking to close South Carolina’s system of open primary voting. After the state party withdrew from the case, the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit decided that the Greenville Republicans did not have standing. According to IndependentVoting.org—a national association of independent voters and defender […]

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Prescribed, or controlled, burnings called essential

The prescribed, or controlled, burns that turned sunny Oconee County days this week into a maze of grey may be annoying, but they are considered essential for the stewardship of natural resources and the protection of lives and property. At the request of state, federal and non-government land management organizations, Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed this month Prescribed Fire Awareness […]

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Combining Seneca boards of government

Seneca is giving thought to combining a couple of its boards into one. Ed Halbig, planning and community development director, the idea that has been discussed is combining the board of zoning appeals and the board of architectural review into one board. Each one, he says, has a quasi-judicial nature to it. There are other similarities, as well.  Board members […]

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Radio auction returns to 96.3/WGOG

Radio Auction returns to the air here on 96.3/WGOG tomorrow, and you are invited to take your chance on bargains available locally. The auction airs live tomorrow morning 9 o’clock until noon. You can prepare by obtaining a bid number in advance by contacting us here at the station. You can get a glimpse of the items for sale by […]

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Virginians arrested on drug charges near Seneca

A 9-1-1 hang up call Wednesday sent Oconee deputies to an address in the Keowee Community. That call to Burkett Road led to a traffic stop on Keowee School Road and the eventual arrest of two men on drug charges. According to the Sheriff’s Office announcement, warrants obtained yesterday afternoon charged Meghan Allyn Wilson of Axton, Virginia and Shannon Grey […]

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Tamassee woman arrested in Salem fraud case

The Salem police have confirmed the arrest this week of a 27-year old woman charged with obtaining money by false pretense. Chief Dave Poulson said the woman arrested on Tuesday, Cassie Marie Owens of Tamassee, has been released from jail and ordered to appear in Municipal Court April 15. Owens’ arrest came after more than one month investigation of an […]

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Wi-Fi arrives at community club, fewer dead zones

Wireless technology has reached one of Oconee’s rural outposts, and the president of Long Creek Community Club says Wi-Fi is certainly welcomed and needed. Chanda Morrison says Wi-Fi on the grounds of the community club on highway 76 gives the public there access to the internet from inside the building or from sitting in a car in the parking lot. […]

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Additional charges against Jordan Scott Tilson

 Oconee Sheriff’s Office announced additional charges this morning against a 17-year old Walhallan, who was jailed over the weekend as the result of a fatal car accident on highway 11. Jordan Scott Tilson was arrested Sunday on charges of felony driving under the influence. He is now charged with distributing marijuana and Oxycodone. According to narcotics agents, an undercover operative […]

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Encouraged by selfless acts of Oconee students

Dr. Michael Thorsland, Oconee superintendent of education, took time this week to praise a select number of students for their selfless acts that have impressed others. Thorsland spoke about the actions that are encouraging to him at two venues—Monday night’s school board meeting and a meeting the following morning with the working press. One had to do with a skilled […]

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Megan Hicks, ambassador for cancer reseasrch funding

A Lexington woman visited Washington this week as the state’s ambassador to help generate money for research efforts to find a cure for cancer. Megan Hicks works for the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative and, when we spoke to her Tuesday morning, she was getting ready for a day to meet staff members of senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Some […]

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