246 grams of marijuana seized in I-85 drug bust

 A traffic stop by Oconee deputies this week on I-85 resulted in drug charges against an Atlanta Metro area woman and the seizure of 246 grams of marijuana. The Sheriff’s Office has announced that Arabia Machen, 36-year old Decatur, Georgia resident, was jailed in Walhalla on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to deputies, they stopped […]

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Duncan votes to combat human trafficking

Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan has cast votes in Washington to combat human trafficking both in the United States and abroad. If enacted, the bills will strengthen and streamline law enforcement resources, provide greater assistance to victims, and hold responsible those who’ve committed the crimes. The House of Representatives also condemned the abduction of female students in Nigeria by the […]

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Something to be said for just showing up!

 One-half dozen Oconee County high school seniors are set to graduate in the next two weeks with perfect attendance. The six Oconee seniors recognized for having attended school throughout their academic years without missing a day are Austin Stone and Regan Baumgarner of Walhalla High School and Stephen Brooks, Brooklyn Garrett, Traymall Holland and Jalen Jenkins of West-Oak High School. […]

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NRC open house tonight at the World of Energy

Staff at the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded that Duke Energy’s Oconee Units 1, 2, and 3 operated safely in 2013, and there were no inspection findings or performance indicators that would cause the NRC to increase its level of oversight and inspection. An open house public meeting to explain those findings takes place at 6 o’clock this evening at […]

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Safety and stewardship on Oconee lakes

Memorial Day marks the traditional start of the summer recreation season. Duke Energy encourages everyone to practice safety while boating and enjoying other activities on lakes Keowee and Jocassee. Everyone can make a difference by knowing and following all state-required safety rules and guidelines for boat operations, and ensuring each boat has the required safety equipment for the number of […]

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Remember safety when outdoors!

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers and other boating safety advocates are promoting National Safe Boating Week. According to Coast Guard statistics, recreation boating accidents last year in the U-S accounted for 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries and about $39 million of damage to property. So far, the corps has recorded no recreation-related fatalities at its lake and dam projects on […]

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No legal opinion after all?

Questions today on whether a legal opinion will ever be issued as a way to to decide who’s right in a dispute between the Oconee School District and the County Treasurer. Treasurer Greg Nowell told 96.3/WGOG NEWS this week that he was left with the impression recently that the Attorney General’s Office that the state agency won’t get involved afterall, […]

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Former Clemson student draws prison term

  A former Clemson University student from Westminster pleaded guilty in the Pickens County General Sessions Court to strong armed robbery of the university pharmacy. The guilty plea brought to a halt a jury trial which had passed the stage of testimony by several witnesses. Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Thomas Carl Wyatt was sentenced yesterday to 12 years […]

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Lake swimming being readied at Oconee State Park

Attendants at the Oconee State Park at Mountain Rest already know the Memorial Day holiday weekend is going to be a big one. And, to help get ready, park staff this weekend will be preparing the park beach for visitors to enjoy another season of swimming and recreation. Joanna White, park director, says Oconee State Park will run capacity during […]

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Oconee Democrats support Dr. Tom Thomson

Oconee Democrats have announced their support of a candidate next month for State Superintendent of Education. Dr. Tom Thomson is one of four candidates entered in the June 10 primary to decide the Democratic Party’s nominee. Last Saturday Thomson spoke to Oconee Democratic Party members and guests during a meeting at Seneca’s Gignilliat Center. In a news release, the Oconee […]

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