Ebola preparedness announcement

The Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control hold a news conference at 10 this morning in Columbia to discuss the state’s preparedness should Ebola patients present in South Carolina.  DHEC yesterday issued a public health order for a statewide health preparedness network to provide essential email communications to a central database […]

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Duncan calls for visa suspension

Congressman Jeff Duncan is calling for the temporary suspension of visas for individuals traveling from areas of West Africa impacted by the Ebola virus. The suspension would last until the outbreak is under control. Duncan, chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, joined the chairman of the full committee to ask both the Homeland Security Director and the Secretary of State […]

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“Shouting match” at job site

A witness testified today he heard a shouting match at the project to extend the Oconee Airport runway when a contractor attempted to lay a test pave to extend the airport/taxiway in 2010. Alan Smith, project manager for co-defendant Talbert and Bright, will return to the witness chair at 2:15 this afternoon to be cross-examined by the plaintiff’s side in […]

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Field is drying out!

  Twenty-four hours ago it might have been hard to imagine, but a new day has brought sunny temperatures which have lent to helping dry out Sertoma Field in time for this weekend’s Walhalla Oktoberfest.  A supporter of the city’s celebration of it  German heritage says the committee is taking care to dry out the field as much as possible before […]

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A correction!

The grant that will funnel $100 thousand for the Walhalla Pool comes from the S.C. General Assembly.  An earlier 96.3/WGOG NEWS report stated the money will come from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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New law targets 3rd grade reading

Oconee School District’s first-year director of instruction is calling attention to provisions of a newly-passed law aimed at gauging how well third graders are reading. Ginger Hopkins says the legislation is titled, “Race to Succeed,” and while the objective is admirable it’s going to require an adjustment for affected third graders and their parents. According to Hopkins, the law will […]

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Utility crews hit rock, and it’s expensive

  Walhalla fears have been realized. The crews at work to lay new water lines in the Chicopee Mill village have encountered rock formations, and it’s an expensive proposition. Scott Parris, utilities superintendent, at City Hall last night estimated, so far, $23 thousand out of a Community Development Block grant has had to be expended on removing the rock, and […]

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School’s future use still being discussed

  When the new Walhalla High opens next year, the middle school students next to the existing high school will move into the old high school building. But what happens to the middle school? It’s still a question. Steve Hanvey, director of district operations, says at one point the district gave thought to converting the middle school into the county’s […]

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OSD officials: weigh ballot choices carefully

Leaders of Oconee public schools decline to say who they will be voting for next month, but they urge all voters to keep in mind education when they cast ballots. District administrators Steve Hanvey and Earnestine Williams are among the officials who want voters to conduct their own research as to who is best, from the standpoint of good public […]

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Thinking about Ebola at Oconee Memorial

The Oconee Memorial Hospital is heeding the call of the director of Centers for Disease Control. At Oconee Memorial, they are planning for a what-if. What if the hospital at Seneca were presented with a deadly case of the Ebola virus? Hunter Kome, the newly-named president of the Oconee Medical Campus, says, “We are taking steps to prepare. It’s a […]

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