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OMC birthrate identical two straight years

June 10, 2013

“Pretty coincidental, isn’t it?” That’s a remark from a spokeswoman at Oconee Medical Center about the hospital’s birth rate for the last two years. In both 2011 and 2012, last year, exactly 582 babies were born in the hospital both years.  

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Meetings this afternoon and tonight

June 10, 2013

Oconee’s appointed and elected leaders are busy in meetings this afternoon and tonight. The county Planning Commission has scheduled a 2 to 5 o’clock meeting in Council Chambers for ordinance review. County Council’s law enforcement, public safety, health and welfare committee meets at 6 to take up several items—including texting while driving and drug paraphernalia.…

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CDV suspect in custody

June 10, 2013
CDV suspect in custody

A 43-year old man surrendered to Oconee deputies last night and a barricade situation at a home near Walhalla ended peacefully at 8:41 p-m. Once, Timothy Scott Blackwell was in custody, authorities re-opened a closed section of SC 183, the Walhalla-Pickens Highway, between Fowler Road and Freedom Drive. Deputies went to Blackwell’s home at 103…

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Georgia man drowns in Lake Hartwell

June 10, 2013

Authorities say a 54-year old man drowned on the Georgia side of Lake Hartwell Saturday while trying to swim back from a buoy. WLHR in Lavonia said Hartwell resident Dennis Baker died at the Old Reed Creek Boat Ramp near the Sara John Road. Officer Craig Fulgum of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says…

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Pool project turns corner

June 7, 2013

Walhalla’s Oconee County Council representative went up against heavy odds when he helped start an effort to restore the municipal swimming pool. District Two’s Wayne McCall today speaks glowingly of a largely-volunteer effort to re-work the pool and, perhaps, have it open by this summer. The councilman urges everyone to lay aside any notion that…

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Fire scene report

June 7, 2013

“Not yet hopefully shortly.” Is the last word we have from Seneca Fire Department spokesman Chris Cartee about a structure fire this morning on N. Debra Street–north of ByPass 123.

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Water hike would be “a pass-thru”

June 7, 2013

Salem took its new budgets to a public hearing this week, and the clerk-treasurer says the hearing went well. The small Oconee town anticipates expenses and revenues to balance over the next 12 months, with total budget projections between $1.2 and $1.3 million, according to Kim Alexander, clerk-treasurer. Because wholesale water provider Seneca has announced…

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“Structure” fire in Seneca

June 7, 2013

At this hour, Seneca fire fighters are attempting to put out a structure fire on N. Debra Street–apparently behind Town ‘N Country Motel. No other details could be immediately confirmed.

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Contractor anxious to re-start RR bridge

June 7, 2013

A temporary halt to a railroad bridge project at Clemson has stretched beyond a six to nine month estimate, but the general contractor is optimistic the work will be re-started soon. While construction workers were taken off the 123-133 railroad bridge project at Clemson a year ago, there has been a lot of behind-the-scene work…

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New building would reach 95 feet

June 7, 2013

A new request for a building exceeding Oconee’s height requirements will be considered this month by the county Board of Zoning Appeals. The board has scheduled a hearing at 6 o’clock Tuesday night, June 27 in County Council Chambers at Walhalla to consider the request of BASF, a chemical plant, to allow a 95-foot-high building…

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  • August 29, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 31, 2014 3:00 pmThe Westminster United Methodist Church's Community Singing
  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 7, 2014 7:00 pmOconee County Baptist Camp Meeting Under the Tent
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