Westminster power rate to rise in June

Westminster’s electric power customers will see a 7.6% increase on their June bills. The increase from the city’s wholesale supplier will show up in May, but will reflect on retail customers’ bills in June. Picking up on their discussion a month ago, the Westminster mayor and most of the city council said they could see nowhere in the city’s budget […]

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New water plant in Walhalla’s future

A land swap approved last night by the city council is a step toward a new water plant for Walhalla. The city council approved the acceptance of 21.3 acres on Cane Creek for a raw water intake. In exchange, according to council members, property owner Neville Brothers receives nearly 50 acres to the rear of the city’s existing treatment plant […]

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Tracking West Nile virus

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control seeks the public’s help in collecting dead birds to test for this season’s arrival of West Nile virus. “Anyone can help us track West Nile virus by submitting dead blue jays, crows, house sparrows, and house finches for testing,” said Chris Evans, a Ph.D. entomologist with the DHEC Bureau of Laboratories. Birds […]

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Jury deliberating

The jury in Sarasota County, Florida resumed deliberations this morning, to try to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Oconee County resident Michael Rice. The defendant is accused in the shooting death in 2012 of Phillipe Nahon near a tiki bar at a Gulf Coast hotel.

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The second of three OCC #3 contests

One Paul Cain-Andy Inabinet contest for Seat Three, Oconee County Council is in the books. There’ll be another in the June 10 Republican primary. But, at their meeting last night, Republicans were reminded there’s still another contest. County GOP officer Phil Soper said, having won a special primary April 1, Inabinet will go into the next election, May 20, as […]

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Sheriff’s Office to increase school presence

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is mindful of violence in schools across the country and mindful of reckless driving in school zones in Oconee County. Crenshaw yesterday announced efforts to raise the presence of his officers on public school grounds. Off-duty officers are being allowed to take their children to school in patrol vehicles. Once there, those deputies will watch traffic flows […]

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What Walhalla can expect

By listening to the speaker for this year’s membership dinner of the Greater Walhalla Chamber of Commerce, attendees might be able to see the future for their city. The chamber has invited Katherine Hendricks, Pickens city administrator. Hendricks will talk about city’s Main Street program and its re-vitalization over the past couple of years. All chamber members are invited. The […]

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Graham challengers in Oconee GOP forum

Four of the six hopefuls challenging for the U-S Senate seat held by Lindsey Graham took part in a forum last night, hosted by the Oconee Republican Party. The father of a fifth candidate spoke at the start of the event on behalf of his son who was campaigning elsewhere. 96.3/WGOG NEWS recorded the opening comments by the four candidates: […]

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