Tree on a line takes out city’s power

Something seemingly as minor as a tree down on a power line created work for power crews and a great deal of annoyance last night for Walhalla customers of Duke Energy. Last night’s outage started at 9:30 and lasted until 5 this morning. The origin for the outage was a tree on a line on Hazlewood Way near Earlestead Drive.

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Be preared for severe weather!

The storm system that began in the central U-S and since hit hard in both Arkansas and Alabama could tonight move into the Carolinas. And that’s why the South Carolina Insurance News Service says it pays to follow safety and loss tips—including keep your family inside and, if a tornado threatens, move to a room without windows in the center […]

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Motorcyle mishap at Keowee Key

Wet roads in Keowee Key this morning apparently contributed to a motorcycle accident. On Port Track Drive, a motorcyclist lost control and he and the bike wound up in a ditch. His injuries—cuts and scapes—could have been a lot worse, in the estimation of Chief Richie Caudill of the Keowee Fire Department.

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Broadband project progress

Oconee County announces a partnership between Oconee FOCUS and one-half dozen ISPs—Internet Service Providers. The six providers are authorized to offer internet services to residents and businesses across Oconee County. They are Net Drs., M2P Net, Technology Solutions, Family View Cablevision, OneTone Telecom, and Golden Corner Internet Services. According to the county, negotiations continue with ISPs to expand high-speed internet […]

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Singletons displaced by home fire

Janice and retired Oconee Sheriff James Singleton have been displaced from their home near Seneca by a fire early last night that apparently had its origins with a yard bush set afire with gasoline to exterminate bees. The bush fire was extinguished, but it apparently re-ignited causing heavy damage to the Singletons’ double-wide mobile home inside the Crossroads Volunteer Fire […]

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Court ruling favors the Pickens County assessor

A ruling by an administrative law court upholds an assessment applied to a Pickens County property sold at a foreclosure auction. The state Department of Revenue announces the court ruling favors the Pickens County tax assessor who argued that the fair market value of the property was $1.2 million based on comparable sales as of December 31, 2012. But the […]

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Progress made in fire probe near Salem

Progress is reported in the investigation of a fire last week near Salem, inside the home development Cliffs at Keowee Falls. Joe Nichols, Salem Fire Marshal, says he will make an announcement, probably tomorrow. The fire damaged the porch at a home on Edgewater Point and about one-half acre of woodland. At the time, Nichols said, it was believed the […]

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“Substantial gas leak” precedes Fair Play fire

Oconee County Fire Marshal Shane Gibbs says his concerns and thoughts today are with the Fair Play restaurant waitress burned during yesterday morning’s fire. The waitress, identified as Brittany Alewine, was taken to be treated at the regional burn center near Augusta, Georgia. It was an explosive fire preceded by what Gibbs termed a substantial gas leak inside the Bootland […]

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Smoke scare in Westminster home

A smoke scare this morning at a Westminster home. At first indication, there was a fire at 309 Lakeside Drive, near the former Beacon Manufacturing plant. But Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said it turned out to be smoke from debris around a light bulb. No fire resulted and everyone inside 309 Lakeside Drive got out OK. […]

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End for coal-fired generation could hike rates

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative leaders are warning of a potential end for new coal-fired generating facilities in the country. And potentially that bodes badly for Blue Ridge’s ratepayers. If a certain scenario comes to be, Blue Ridge general manager Charles Dalton predicts, co-op customers could see their bills rise by 53%. The EPA has become increasingly concerned about climate change […]

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