First community meeting held, more to follow


The first in the series of Oconee County community meetings for the public to sound off on the county’s comprehensive plan took place last night in Fair Play and went well, according to one of the county employees who helped stage the meeting.  County planner Matthew Anspach said there was sufficient interest among Fair Play residents last night for the […]

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Trustees approach a vote

  Oconee’s school trustees appear to be on board with the idea of moving the district’s career center inside an Oconee County industrial park.  At their retreat meeting this week, Board Chairman Andy Inabinet says, the trustees looked favorably on endorsing and supporting moving the Fred Hamilton Career Center from Bountyland to the county’s Industry and Technology Park on South […]

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Police chase on SC 130

  The police in Seneca say a crime suspect drove his vehicle into a pair of squad cars early last evening as the police investigated a car break-in in the parking lot of a motel.  Chief John Covington says the incident started around 6 o’clock at the Best Way Inn on the By-Pass.  That led to a pursuit on nearby […]

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Food for the brain!

The key to what a Clemson professor said this afternoon in Seneca is whether her audience could remember it.  For those of advanced age and even the young, Dr. Cheryl Dye gave tips on how to avoid the devastating disease of the mind, Alzheimer’s.  As the director of the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging, Dye spoke as a professional.  […]

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Fraternity member’s lawyer disputes report


The attorney for a Clemson fraternity member says media reports are not true that his client shined a flashlight into the dark waters of Lake Hartwell, looking for Tucker Hipps but no one tried to make a rescue.  Attorney Larry Brandt issued a brief on the record statement today to 101.7/WGOG on behalf of his client, Thomas Carter King, who […]

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Award for Oconee’s top economic recruiter

Richard Blackwell works for Oconee full time to recruit economic development that brings jobs, creates local spending, and strengthens the tax base.  His efforts have been recognized by an upstate group that is in the same business.  The Upstate Alliance yesterday awarded Blackwell its “Economic Developer of the Year Award.”  The award was announced this morning by Glenn Buddin, president […]

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Specifics on trail extension months away


The Palmetto Conservation hopes in the next few months to unveil exact specifics of the extension of the Palmetto Trail from the Oconee Station Historic Site to downtown Walhalla.  Natalie Britt, executive director of the Palmetto Conservation, spoke today about the plans to add 16 miles to the mountains to the sea trail.  The plans have excited Mayor Danny Edwards […]

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Water service interruption

Water customers will see their service interrupted next week in a Westminster neighborhood.  The city has announced the outage, starting at 8 o’clock Monday morning, will affect customers in the vicinity of Mountain View and England streets.  They’ll be a changing a fire hydrant.  Water should be out there for about four hours.    

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Nearly one year in, hospital finances stable

Congressman Jeff Duncan toured Oconee Memorial Hospital this week and spoke with the hospital's top leaders--Hunter Kome and Jeanne Ward

Oconee Memorial Hospital officials viewed a visit by their U-S congressman as an opportune time to impress on the lawmaker the continuing challenges that small, rural hospitals face.  Those challenges have much to do with smaller re-imbursements to cover Medicare and Medicaid payments.  Yet nearly a year into joining Greenville Health System, the financial picture for Oconee Memorial is better, […]

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