Hikers found

A search today for hikers along the Chattooga River has succeeded in locating those who were missing.  And Mike Crane, District Ranger, says the hikers are fine–having been found near the highway 28 bridge not far from Georgia.  No details as yet to as how they came to difficulty.

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NRC finding: apparent Unit One violation

Nuclear Regulatory Commission is disclosing a preliminary greater than green finding and related apparent violation involving a crack in a weld in Unit One at the Oconee Nuclear Station. The report was addressed today in NRC correspondence to Scott Batson, site vice president at Oconee Nuclear. The government watchdog agency describes the finding as “greater than very low significance.” As […]

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Personnel changes within Oconee schools

A new administrator and three new principals have been appointed to start work within the Oconee public school system. In meetings today, the county trustees are making personnel moves. They include the selection of Ginger Hopkins as assistant superintendent of instruction. Angie Henderson will take over as principal of Ravenel Elementary School; Rosemary Wise is the new principal at Orchard […]

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Sex crime alleged near Seneca

Oconee sheriff’s officers arrested a 28-year old Seneca man, Christopher Trent Wilder of Utica Street, on the charge of criminal sexual conduct first degree. An arrest affidavit, signed by Sgt. Kevin Cain, alleges that, in addition to being the victim of a sex crime, the female was the victim of aggravating force as the accused held a five-pound sledgehammer over […]

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Updating the plan!

At a meeting today at Walhalla City Hall, the planning commission will start the task of updating the comprehensive plan. Nancy Goehle, city administrator, says the city has contracted with the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments to provide assistance. The meeting begins at 5:30.

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All Clemson water customers should conserve

Water supplies are running extremely low this morning in the City of Clemson, Clemson University, the Town of Pendleton and Sandy Springs Water District—the result of yesterday’s failure of the raw water line at the water plant. The need to conserve remains important, along with the need to boil water for a full minute before using it for drinking or […]

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Fincannon arrested a second time

For a second time, a 75-year old man near Westminster faces allegations of child sex crimes. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office reports the latest arrest of Harold Fincannon of Eastwood Circle, Westminster took place in the Myrtle Beach area. He was later transported back to Oconee and booked into the county jail. Fincannon was arrested last summer on charges of lewd […]

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Clemson approves fee increases

Tuition, housing and the cost for meal plans are going up at Clemson University. By action of the trustees yesterday, the increases are to average in the vicinity of three percent. In-state students will see an increase of $171 dollars a semester—and pay a $25 charge dedicated to facilities maintenance and renovation. Non-state residents will pay $432 dollars more a […]

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Walhalla retains engineering services

In a special meeting, Walhalla hired an engineering company to assist the city as it goes about the project for a new water supply. The agreement is with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. Some large dollar figures were tossed around last night at City Hall—between $18 and $19 million. That is the estimate for what it’ll cost to bring Lake Keowee […]

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Accused testifies in his defense

All testimony appears to be complete in the Oconee County trial of a 32-year old man accused of assaulting police officers while resisting arrest. The defense for Christopher Eric Gaines rested yesterday afternoon, as Gaines gave his side of what happened when Seneca police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call February 5, 2012 on W. N. 3rd Street. Judge […]

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