Foundation grants to three OC schools

The Education Foundation of Oconee has awarded $5 thousand grants to three schools. And the money is to go to buying items that will raise student achievement in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The grants go to Orchard Park Elementary, James Brown Elementary, and Keowee Elementary. Orchard Park is to use its $5 thousand for a program that integrates […]

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Verifying Oconee’s registry of sex offenders

On Monday and Tuesday of this past week, the Oconee Sheriff’s Office and the U-S Marshal’s Service carried out a joint operation to verify the addresses of 156 registered sex offenders who are believed to live in Oconee County. After a briefing held at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center, the deputies paired with a marshal to begin to verify the addresses. […]

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Prisoner moved from Newberry to Oconee

 A 35-year old man has been returned to Oconee County where he faces a new charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Casey Demario Gaines of John Smith Road, Westminster was turned over yesterday to Oconee deputies by Newberry County deputies. He was denied a bond and remains in the Oconee jail. Gaines had […]

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Anglers to flock to region’s lakes

Hundreds of anglers, professionals and amateurs, are headed to the region next week for a pair of tournaments that promoters expect will fill the motels and help crowd the restaurants. Ken Sloan, the director of Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, stopped by 96.3/WGOG today to draw attention to the 2014 Wal-Mart FLW Tour and FLW’s College Fishing National Championship […]

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Fire under investigation

The Oconee fire chief says a fire during the 2 o’clock hour this morning remains under investigation. Chief Charlie King says the first fire fighters to reach Oak Creek Trail in the Oakway Community found a structure consumed in fire. The structure, believed to have been used for storage, collapsed. Responding to the early morning call were fire fighters from […]

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Spring for changes at OC parks

Spring will signal change within Oconee County’s three-park system. For the first time, those wishing to reserve campsites and shelters may do so through a national reservation system called “Reserve America.” Phil Shirley, PRT director, says the reservation service will incorporate Oconee’s parks beginning April 24. Shirley also announced that Saturday, March 8 will serve as the grand opening for […]

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Councilman non-committal on pay aspect

Walhalla Councilman David Underwood champions the need to bring bus passenger service to his city. But will his city be willing to help pay the costs, as suggested recently by a couple members of the Oconee County Council? “I think that’s something I’ll have to take back to the (city) council to get direction from them,” Underwood told 96.3/WGOG NEWS […]

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Expanded bus service to begin

The company awarded an Oconee County job to study expanded bus passenger service will begin its work in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the county’s transit advisory task force will delay its next meeting in anticipation of the work to be carried out by the company URS. The URS’s Chip Berger said his company will be in touch […]

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Eight applicants to share in OC “HAT” money

Eight Oconee groups that stage events to bring visitors to the county are to share in $30 thousand worth of hospitality and accommodations tax money. And they are to use their shares to sponsor future events that’ll have the effect of growing county tourism even more. At a meeting today, the county’s PRT commissioners agreed to recommend to County Council […]

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