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In two years, OC’s population rose 0.5%

June 14, 2013

From the last official population count in 2010, Oconee County has gained 370 new residents—equating to 0.5” population increase in two years. The Census Bureau’s latest Oconee County population count through last year totals 74,627. Other figures gleaned from a “Quick Facts” check with the Census Bureau shows Oconee is a county that remains overwhelmingly…

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Tom Hanks makes donation to Camp Toccoa

June 14, 2013

Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have sent a $25 thousand donation to help restore Camp Toccoa at Currahee. WNEG Radio reports that in an email to Robin Sink McClelland, Currahee Board President, the actor called Camp Toccoa a stop for all history students no matter their age. And he offered the use…

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Storm swept north to south in Oconee

June 14, 2013

A storm that swept southward from Tennessee into the Carolinas proved to be a heavy rainmaker for Oconee County. At Walhalla, Official Weather Observer Barbara Wilson recorded .44″ at her post at the Hickory Hollow Farm.  Many trees fell countywide. And Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative told Oconee Dispatch that its repair crews were backed up…

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Tree to be removed at demolition site

June 14, 2013

In a special meeting, a Seneca regulatory board voted to remove one of three trees on the property where the owner will demolish one of the city’s oldest dwellings. The Board of Architectural Review accepted a report of tree specialist Karl Pokorny. After an inspection, Pokorny recommended the removal of a 24’ by 50’ water…

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Kayak flips in Jocassee

June 13, 2013

A kayak capsized today in Lake Jocassee, but the two people on board are OK this afternoon. Scott Krein, county emergency services director, says the noon hour mishap occurred two miles from the park. A strong wind factored into the accident, Krein said.  

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Jury awards plaintiff

June 13, 2013

An Oconee Common Pleas Court jury awarded plaintiff Sandra Gillett $25 thousand dollars in her damage lawsuit against John P. Chandler. The two Oconeeans were involved in a two-vehicle accident in 2006. The trial started yesterday and finished today with the jury’s verdict.  

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Copper theft from Keowee Key worksite

June 13, 2013

The theft Tuesday night of copper materials worth $1,100 inside the gate at Keowee Key is under investigation today by the Oconee Sheriff’s Department. A contractor from Pawleys Island at a work site near the schooner building left 28 sheets of copper on a table covered by a tarp when he quit work around 8:30…

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It’s all in a name!

June 13, 2013

Walhalla resident Josh Holliday has yet to officially assume his new duties as principal at Keowee Elementary School. But early into his new assignment he may get a request to change the school’s mascot. 96.3/WGOG NEWS has learned that some school alumni will ask Holliday to drop the Cubs as the school’s mascot and bring…

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K-T re-licensing effort at the midpoint

June 13, 2013

The stakeholders team at work toward an application to allow Duke Energy’s Keowee-Toxaway project to be re-licensed by the federal government has reached the halfway point of the process. And last night Duke representatives held a public meeting for the benefit of Oconee County, one of the stakeholders. It was attendedby several county officials. The…

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Traffic stop leads to two arrests

June 12, 2013

An early morning traffic stop at West Union led to the arrests  of two people charged with drug offenses. Announcement by the Oconee Sheriff Department states Ladonnia Kaye Moore, 31, of Whitworth Circle near Seneca has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, driving under suspension, and giving false information to a law…

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  • August 23, 2014 11:00 amBBQ & Bluegrass
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