Environmental steward David Cohen

A 27-year old Georgia native is spending his work summer alone in the wilds of the national forest in Oconee. That’s where David Cohen is camping and serving as a steward in the vicinity of the Chattooga River and one of Oconee County and South Carolina’s landmarks—Ellicott’s Rock. Cohen is there as part of a partnership between the U-S Forest […]

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Georgia wreck victim now jailed in Oconee

A Georgia man injured in a motorcycle accident in his home state and flown to a Tennessee hospital is now in the Oconee County jail, where he faces charges dating back nine years. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identifies the arrested man as Gregory Wendell Rutledge, a 53-year old resident of Chatsworth, Georgia. Oconee deputies went to Chattanooga to collect Rutledge. […]

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Walhalla meeting termed “productive”

The chairwoman of a special Walhalla committee calls last night’s meeting productive and says her committee will present a recommendation next week to the city council. At the request of Mayor Edwards, Councilwoman Jennifer Crawford convened a meeting of interested parties to resolve questions and concerns over Oktoberfest changes proposed by the chamber of commerce. Those changes call for the […]

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Events coordinator thinks big

At Seneca, the city’s events coordinator is thinking big. Riley Johnson told a committee meeting this morning at City Hall that he’s laying the groundwork to potentially qualify Seneca’s one-half marathon as an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. There are a lot of hoops to clear before attaining such a designation, but Johnson has been getting advice from a […]

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Police seizeure and arrests

The police in Westminster say a traffic stop Monday evening on highway 24 near E. Main Street resulted in arrests and the seizure of cash and drug-like items. According to Chief Dean Awalt, three North Carolina residents were arrested. The police say they stopped a van for failing to use a required turn signal and seized a container of a […]

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Seneca to negotiate anew

Seneca’s mayor and council are being told it’s time to start to negotiate a new wholesale electric contract for the city. The negotiations determine how much Seneca will pay for its future electric power supply and, in the end, how much its retail customers will also pay. The current contract, with the Southern Company, expires in June next year, and […]

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Decision on group home expansion delayed 2nd time

An Oconee regulatory board, for a second time, delayed a decision on whether Whetstone Academy in Mountain Rest may expand its quarters to help troubled boys of middle school age. There is opposition from neighbors to the private school’s plans to increase its capacity to 32 students. Last night Gary Littlefield, member of the board of zoning appeals, said the […]

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Seneca loses 200 thousand gallons of water

A water line gave way near Seneca and now a new patch of asphalt covers highway 28 north of Parkway Products—to show where the crews of Light and Water made their repairs early yesterday morning. Bob Faires, utilities superintendent, says the mishap cost Seneca about 200 thousand gallons of water. Faires described what happened as the failure of an old […]

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Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam

Oconee Sheriff’s Office warns the public of a new scam. Someone who claimed to be calling on behalf of the court tried to bilk a Westminster senior citizen out of money. The caller claimed the senior citizen was being fined for not appearing for jury duty. And, if the senior citizen bought a green dot card and put money on […]

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