Seneca senior captures merit scholarship

Seneca High School congratulates senior Emily Barber today for being one of about 2,500 winners of the National Merit Scholarships—financed by colleges and universities. The award provides between $500 dollars and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. In Emily’s case, the institution is the University of South Carolina, according to […]

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Vehicle down “in a big hole”

State troopers report injuries in an accident during the 2 o’clock hour this afternoon in Seneca.  A passerby tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS that emergency responders are on the scene on South Carolina 59 near the Houston Rice Road, not far from Seneca Health and Rehabilitation facility.  One vehicle is said to have cleared a guardrail and wound down in a large […]

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Burglary conviction brings 16-year prison term

A young man with ties to both Oconee County and two northeast Georgia counties has been ordered to prison for 16 years for burglary and larceny. An Oconee General Sessions Court at mid day today returned guilty verdicts against Jonathan Allen Finney as the result of a home burglary in the Ebenezer Community. Finney was arrested last year. Judge Lawton […]

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Two schools in line for new principals Monday

A special Oconee school board meeting Monday is likely to produce new principals at two of the county’s public schools, according to Andy Inabinet. The school board chairman told 96.3/WGOG NEWS this morning that the trustees during Monday’s noon-hour meeting are likely to vote on new principals for both Walhalla High School and Tamassee-Salem Elementary School. The Walhalla vacancy occurred […]

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90 years in manufacturing

A mainstay of Oconee’s industrial community is receiving congratulations for reaching a milestone. Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire, which operates a plant on South Carolina 183/the Walhalla-Westminster Highway, celebrates 90 years tomorrow in producing precision flat and fine wire. “This is a significant day for Ulbrich,” said Richard Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance. Ulbrich’s products are known for […]

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Party gives Congress nod to retired teacher

Two Oconee Democrats are running this year for the U-S House of Representatives, but their county party is endorsing only one of the two. An announcement today from Rosellen Aleguire, party chairwoman, says, “The Oconee County Democratic Party has endorsed Ms. Barbara Jo Mullis as its candidate for US House of Representatives, District 3, currently held by Republican Jeff Duncan.” […]

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Poll workers receive training

Joy Brooks, the Oconee County elections director, led a training session this week for the poll workers who will manage the various voting precincts across Oconee County on primary election day June 10. Brooks describes Wednesday’s training as a “top-to-bottom” session with poll workers receiving instructions about the photo I-D law and the rules governing where candidates may stand in […]

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A call by Senator Scott

Senator Tim Scott says the evidence of fraud and abuse within the U-S Veterans Administration is mounting and he wants V-A Director Eric Shineski to resign. Short of that South Carolina’s junior U-S senator wants President Obama to fire Shineski. Last week Scott, joined by 24 Senate colleagues, called for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation to start an immediate, […]

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Primary absentee balloting appears light

Figures released yesterday indicate that both in Oconee and across the state absentee balloting for the primary elections appears light.  And that raises questions about the overall voter turnout that the Democrats and the Republicans will see for their June 10 primaries.  By yesterday, nearly 18 thousand absentee ballots had been issued statewide.  By comparison, about 23 thousand absentee ballots […]

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