Arraignment set for accused bank robber

96.3/WGOG NEWS has learned arraignment is planned next week for a man accused of an OconeeCounty bank robbery near Seneca.  The holdup of the Community First Bank on the Sandifer Boulevard occurred May 19.  An arrest of the suspect, Jessie Ray Pate of Mountain Rest occurred a few days later at a home in the eastern North Carolina  town of […]

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Confidential order issued in Westminster case

An order of confidentiality has been issued in a case in which Westminster is suing its former bank.  Judge Lawton McIntosh of the Oconee Common Pleas Court issued the order in the case of Westminster against First Citizens Bank and Trust Company and Scott Bannister, a former city police chief.  Attorneys representing the city and the bank consented to the […]

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Hospital employees remain part of lawsuit

A judge’s ruling means that two OconeeMemorialHospital officials will remain part of a lawsuit that challenges whether a dentist and his assistant were improperly let go.  Judge Scott Sprouse last week rejected the arguments by the defense attorney that the action taken by Jeanne Ward and Heather Goss was protected by South Carolina’s status as an at-will employment state.  Dentist […]

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Newry manufacturer to start hiring

A company founded in Pickens will begin hiring later this year for its new operation in OconeeCounty.  An announcement by the state Department of Commerce says US Building Innovations will make its future home at 391 Newry Road near Seneca in what is to be a new, 17,000 square foot building to house research and development, warehouse and distribution space, […]

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Traffic changes for Streetscape

West-bound Main Street traffic in Walhalla will again be reduced to one lane today—between the blocks of College and Catherine streets.  According to the Streetscape contractor, the intersection Main Street and College will be closed tomorrow as crews cross the electrical conduits for the new street lights.  Hutch ‘N Son thanks the community for patience and requests everyone to look […]

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Researchers assess social media during shootings

A Clemson research study revealed that closer monitoring of social media during active shooter incidents in the U-S is needed to prevent the rapid spread of false information.  ClemsonUniversity and WesternKentuckyUniversity researchers studied incidents in pre-kindergarten through high schools.  Their key finding has just been published in ‘Computers in Human Behavior.’  The study found that a large portion of information […]

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Ken Boggs worried for Westminster

Ken Boggs lives at the edge of the Westminster city limit, but close enough to care for the city.  Boggs told the city council last night he can remember a time when Westminster supported two car dealerships and parking was so tight downtown that the police had to mark tires on parked cars.  Now, Boggs says, he looks around and […]

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City leaders asked to back off sign rules

The refrain from the old song goes something like this, “Sign, sign, everywhere sign.”  These days that’s no longer true in Westminster now that the city has a full-time code enforcement officer.  But Tamy Sanford’s aggressive enforcement of the rules against portable signs has riled up a portion of the citizenry that filled city council chambers.  The deacon chairman at […]

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Tourism plan approved

OconeeCounty leaders took a step last night to make their county more of a destination place for others.  The County Council approved a “Destination Oconee” plan as developed by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and recommended by the county’s Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau.  The plan calls for broad-based banding and marketing to highlight Oconee’s attractions and natural resources.  […]

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