There’s a new man in charge!

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has chosen a new chief of oversight for Oconee Nuclear Stations Units 1, 2, and 3.  In a letter to Duke Energy’s Scott Batson, the NRC announced that effective yesterday Michael Markley has been assigned to the position and all duties previously held by Robert Pascarelli.  

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Green light letter awaited from the state

The fire alarm and smoke suppression system are said to have functioned properly during an inspection Wednesday at the new Oconee Jail.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said today that inspectors were tight-lipped about what they saw, but he expects a letter soon from the state Department of Corrections in Columbia.  And once the permission is finally granted to open the jail, […]

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Temporary road closing

Part of Seneca’s Wells Highway is being closed temporarily.  Contractor Thrift Development has announced that, as authorized by the DOT, the Wells highway-Strawberry Farm Road intersection will be closed starting Monday, November 9 and remain closed for about two weeks, weather permitting, to allow for the installation of a 30-inch storm drain line under 16 feet of fill.  Thrift has […]

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Lawsuit alleges trustees are “a rubber stamp”

A lawsuit has been filed alleging Oconee school leaders violated the civil rights of Tamassee-Salem residents as they went about the decision to close the community’s combination middle/high school.   The plaintiff, Tamassee resident Lynne Martin has been an outspoken opponent of closing the Salem school.  She’s seeking a judgment to keep the school open and allow it the monetary support […]

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Sewer tie-in closes part of N. College Street


Part of Walhalla’s N. College Street near the police station is closed today as a sewer tie-in is attempted as part of Streetscape.  Because of wet stone and conditions the asphalt process between Tugaloo and Catherine has been delayed until Monday. Yesterday, with Duke Energy’s cooperation, Hutch ‘N Son removed five old light poles between Catherine and Spring Street.  

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“Our target is going to be E. coli….”

Clemson University Cooperative Extension and 12 partners have a plan to clean up the pollutants plaguing the Twelve Mile, Eighteen Mile and Golden Creek watersheds, which make up more than 53 thousand acres in the Piedmont of South Carolina.  The watercourses wind through Pickens County and a portion of Anderson County and are used by industry,  adjacent landowners and recreation […]

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Former banker to learn fate Thanksgiving week


A former Oconee banker will learn his fate during Thanksgiving week in a U-S District courtroom.  A federal court officer tells 101.7/WGOG NEWS that the sentencing of Benjamin Lee Hiott has been rescheduled for 1:30 Monday afternoon, November 23 in Greenville.  The former Community First banker awaits sentencing for three counts of bank fraud.  He’s also a co-defendant in a […]

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Shelly Denine Moore

Shelly Denine Moore, 44, of 209 Friendship Road, Seneca died Wednesday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  A memorial service will be 2 pm Sunday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.  The burial will follow at a later date.  The family receives friends from 12:30-1:30 pm, prior to the service, at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers are accepted.  The family is at the residence. […]

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Wesley Wilson

Wesley Wilson, 59, of 123 Michelle Lane, Seneca died Thursday at Oconee Medical Center. He was the husband of Joyce Gibby Wilson.  A memorial service will be 2 pm Saturday from the Chapel of sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 1-2 pm, prior to the service at Sandifer Funmeral Home.  The family is at the residence.  Flowers are […]

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