Newspaperman reflects back on murder trial

Murder cases are not uncommon in the Florida’s Gulf Coast area of Sarasota. But it’s rare for the defense to argue temporary insanity for its client. This is the day after a jury there found Oconee County resident Michael Rice guilty on all counts in the shooting death of Philippe Nahon in 2012 at an Osprey, Florida hotel. And a […]

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Does Paul Cain still have a chance May 20?

Paul Cain lost the special Oconee Republican primary April 1 for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. However, from information received by 96.3/WGOG NEWS, Cain could still win on a write-in during the special May 20 general election. Cain’s opponent, Andy Inabinet, goes into next month’s election the only ballot candidate. But there is to be space on that ballot to […]

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Hands-free now the law

In Oconee County, you may continue to drive and talk on the phone, but your portable device must be hands-free. After a public hearing, the county council last night adopted a distracted driving law that forbids the use of cell phones, including texting, throughout the unincorporated areas—-unless your portable phone can be operated with hands-free controls. It’s believed the Sheriff’s […]

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Hiker hurt on the Foothills Trail

Rescuers from two states are coming to aid of a hiker at this hour on the Foothills Trail. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says the hiker is believed to have injured an ankle and it’s a matter of the rescuers gaining access to her exact location. The rescue operation is the vicinity of Whitewater Falls and involves personnel […]

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New CU Prez. to be installed

Dr. James Clements will be installed as the 15th president of Clemson University Friday, May 9—the day for the spring commencement ceremonies. University presidential inaugurations typically are stand-alone events. But Clements will deliver his inaugural address in three short segments at each of the graduation ceremonies that day.

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Smith to retire June 30

Health issues are pushing up David Smith’s plans to retire as Westminster city administrator. The mayor and council have accepted Smith’s plans to retire June 30. In the meantime, about 30 people have answered an ad to serve as assistant administrator. But Smith says the city will now have to change the search to that of a search for an […]

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The check will be in the mail!

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is close to letting loose of about $1 million dollars and returning it proportionately to eligible customers. Capital credit refund checks will go into the mail starting Monday, according to Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger, and they will be sent to those who were customers during the year 1986. Most of the checks will go to Blue […]

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Changes ahead in the municipal court

Scott Sprouse is on his way to becoming a circuit court judge. It’ll mean a vacancy in the office of Walhalla Municipal Judge. The city will apparently turn to Blake Norton, the Walhalla-based county magistrate, in an arrangement in which Norton will add Walhalla’s part-time judicial duties to his magisterial duties. Mayor Pro-tem Tjay Bagwell said an inter-government agreement with […]

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Has Mayberry Days surpassed SC Apple Festival?

The Apple Festival has been the signature event for Westminster for decades. But now the question is raised whether another festival, three years old, has surpassed the Apple Festival in popularity. Tom Rusk, organizer for Mayberry Comes to Westminster, told city council last night that the event to remember the days of the popular TV show headlined by Andy Griffith […]

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