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Closed section of highway re-opens

August 2, 2013

A closed section of the Dr. John’s Road near Barrett’s Way, south of Westminster, has been temporarily re-opened, at a lower speed limit. “The speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph and since this slide section of the road has been reduced to one lane, we have incorporated a stop control. This will require…

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Fire damages southern OC home

August 2, 2013

A fire this morning south of Seneca damaged a Lake Hartwell home. The fire, on Timberlake Drive in Crossroads community, broke out in a home that, at the time, appeared to be un-occupied. Charlie King, county fire chief, says it is known that the fire started in the back of the house, but an investigation…

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It’s that weather—again!

August 2, 2013

It’s been the mantra of farmers for time immemorial. “Make hay while the sun shines.” The sun has shone less often on South Carolina crops this summer. Welcomed as rain was after years of drought, it can be too much of a good. Walhalla got a one and three-quarter inch drenching from yesterday’s late afternoon…

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5% of bank’s debit cards compromised

August 2, 2013

Oconee-based Community First Bank says 5% of its debit cards were compromised during routine merchant transactions in June and July. Federal, state and local enforcement authorities are investigating. And, according to a statement from the bank, the investigation is delving into possible criminal activity related to other unauthorized transactions involving debit card activity in the…

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Deputy Sheriff Randy Jones retires

August 2, 2013

A 15-year veteran of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Randy Jones, retired this week. Jones’s departure was marked by a ceremony Wednesday attended by family members, along with current and former members of the sheriff’s office. He received several gifts, including a plaque from Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. Jones started as a road patrol officer in…

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National pastime makes for Seneca crowds

August 2, 2013

One big reason for the big crowds expected in Seneca this weekend is a Dixie Youth baseball tournament that’s bringing in players, coaches, and fans from the outside. Once opening ceremonies take place at 7:30 tonight, there’ll be a lot of baseball played through out the weekend. Riley Johnson, the city events coordinator, gives credit…

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Tax-free weekend underway!

August 2, 2013

If you’re wondering what’s so special about this weekend, the first weeked in August, well, in South Carolina this is tax-free weekend. It means that the purchases of those back-to-school supplies, clothes, household items and computer is made somewhat less painful by the state’s waiving of the sales tax—between now and midnight Sunday.

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Picnic lunch to be spread at 1 tomorrow

August 2, 2013

An organization that works to save mountain heritage calls attention to the picnic tomorrow to celebrate the effort that saved Stumphouse Mountain in Oconee County from development. According to Naturaland Trust, a developer wanted to carve up Stumphouse. But today 500 acres there are protected by a conservation easement, 500 acres by a DNR heritage…

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Pickens County charter school gets perfect score

August 2, 2013

The South Carolina Department of Education released letter grades for the state’s public schools yesterday based on student achievement and improvement during 2012-13. Pickens County’s only charter school, the Youth Leadership Academy, is one of 33 schools achieving a perfect score of 100. The letter grades were a key component of the state’s approved flexibility…

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Mayor to determine pool’s status

August 2, 2013

The Walhalla mayor plans to pick up the telephone to find out the status of the municipal swimming pool. Mayor Danny Edwards told 96.3/WGOG NEWS last night he was unsure of what the latest might be. After a major public-private effort to make repairs, the pool is full of water and sports a fresh paint…

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Calendar

  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 7, 2014 7:00 pmOconee County Baptist Camp Meeting Under the Tent
  • September 11, 2014 9:00 amFriends of the Library Monthly Book Sale
  • September 13, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
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