Traffic slow at Walhalla’s Main and College


Walhalla’s Main and College streets is an intersection where Streetscape workers were concentrating this morning—a morning in which the contractor is cleaning up from the weekend rain.  According to Hutch ‘N Son, “We also hope to start the pouring of concrete in the road crossings and ditch lines in the highway in preparation for the asphalt between Tugaloo and Catherine. […]

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Latest UPDATE from Blue Ridge

As of 7:30 am today, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 205 members without electricity.  County-by-county totals are as follows:   ·         Anderson –          30 ·         Greenville –         1 ·         Oconee –             168 ·         Pickens  –              6 ·         Spartanburg –     0   Crews have been assigned to, and are presently at work on, essentially all remaining outages.  […]

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Walhalla soggy, also!

Standing rain in Walhalla was nothing like that of low-lying Columbia and Charleston areas, but the official report from the U-S Weather Observer in Oconee’s County Seat is a soaker.  Since late Wednesday night, Barbara Wilson reported, 4.86” on the ground.

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The worst for Oconee pronounced past

Oconeeans awake this morning knowing that, for them, they escaped the full force of the weekend weather event that Governor Haley has suggested has not been felt in the state in one thousand years.  Yesterday the winds still had a kick and wet ground further weakened the base of several trees, but Oconee Emergency Services’ Scott Krein felt confident enough […]

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Two autopsies completed


Autopsies have been completed on two of the victims of Friday’s small plane crash in rural Oconee.  Coroner Karl Addis says pilot Charles Smith died of multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma.  Smith’s son, Scott, died of a fractured neck.  Post mortems take place this morning on the remaining two Indiana men—Tony Elliott and Scott Bibler.

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Fallen tree blocks 123 in Westminster

We’re hearing about an early morning electric power outage affecting Westminster customers.  County Disptach reports a large tree fell at 123/E. Main and Skyland Drive and that shut down the entire road.  By 5:30 this morning, the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 283 members without electricity.  The breakdown by counties is as follows:   ·         Anderson –          32 ·         […]

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Oconee’s famous and infamous history with booze

If you lived in Oconee County 100 years ago, you could have distinguished yourself by being a member of the county’s Temperance Association.  Prohibition was a sign of the times in the early 20th century.  Fast forward all those years to a time in Oconee where the attitude about drinking, especially on Sundays, is as permissive as ever.  Seneca’s Lowell […]

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Safety message from SC DOT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) urges motorists to stay off roads as at least 211 state roads and 43 bridges are closed due to historic flooding in South Carolina.  Acting SCDOT Secretary Christy A. Hall said, “The average vehicle can be swept away in as a little as 12 inches of moving water and stalled out in as little […]

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For Oconee, the worst could be behind it

According to an Oconee emergency services official, “the worst of the worst” appear to be behind the county.  But that is not to say, says Scott Krein, that there could be more impact from rain and wind in the next day or so.  But, in fact, Oconee has been asked by the state to spare some of its personnel resources […]

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