Hearing continued, defendant in hospital

The Seneca judge put a stop to a contempt hearing when he found out the defendant was in the hospital.   The city wanted to proceed today, but Judge Danny Singleton was uncomfortable by the absence of the Rev. Efford Haynes.  Seneca has been pushing for an order requiring Haynes to bring to building code his large building downtown that sits […]

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Restaurant forced to temporarily close

A restaurant at Bountyland has been forced to close temporarily as the result of an electrical fire.  Seneca fire fighters discovered an electric meter box on fire and sparks flying at the Taco Riendo near the Bountyland traffic lights.  They aren’t sure if the cause for what happened is related to yesterday’s storm.  For a time yesterday, fire fighters directed […]

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Seneca makes a midnight switch

Seneca welcomed a new source for the juice that electrifies its system.  City leaders were at City Hall last night to prepare for the official midnight switch  from the Southern Company to the South Carolina Public Service Authority, commonly known as Santee Cooper.  Bob Faires, city utilities director, said everything was in place for Seneca to throw the switch.  City […]

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Serious traffic accidents

At least two serious traffic accidents occurred during the night in OconeeCounty.  Some of the injured required medical helicopter flights.  A woman was airlifted after an accident on Katelynn Drive near South Carolina 130 at 3 this morning.  Early last night, near Westminster, two people were reported hurt in an accident on the Horseshoe Bridge Road.  One went to hospital […]

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Picking up the pieces after sudden storm

A downdraft can create a column of sinking air known as a microburst, and that weather condition is suspected of having accompanied yesterday afternoon’s storm that rocked OconeeCounty.  Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services believes the microburst struck the Tabor Road area near 123/the Westminster-Toccoa Highway.  Starting around 1:30, public safety responders dealt with downed trees, downed power lines and […]

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Microburst suspected near Westminster

An Oconee public safety responder says there is suspicion that in the storm that entered the county from Georgia on its way to Anderson this afternoon included a microburst–a column of sinking air caused by downdraft.  That’s the hunch of Shane Gibbs of Emergency Services, based on the reports of damage in the area of Tabor Road near Westminster.  Power […]

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$5 million to fix Oconee roads

Unless the Governor issues a veto, one lawmaker says, Oconee can look forward to a fairly decent amount of money in the next 12 months to help fix its deteriorating roads.  Representative Bill Sandifer spoke to us today about the state’s new budget that is scheduled to kick in tomorrow, although Governor Haley was announcing which parts of the budget […]

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Storm UPDATE

We have a report that the storm, before it may its way into the southern and western ends of Oconee, blew a tree down on top of a home in Stephens County, Georgia.  The Stephens County Sheriff reports that a woman, apparently trapped temporarily, has been extricated from the house … and is OK.  The scene is Shorewood Circle on […]

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Streetscape on both sides of Walhalla block

Walhalla’s Streetscape contractor has begun working men and machinery on both sides of one Main Street block.  Yesterday the contractor crossed Main Street, moving from the south to the north side, to place a new fire hydrant in the median.  Unless a downpour arrives, the plan today is to cross Main Street with a two-inch water line for customers on […]

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