Search for kayaker to enter third day

A two-state search for a missing Lake Hartwell kayaker produced the kayak, but not the man, Brad Hamby. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, said the kayak, along with personal effects of the 64-year old West Union resident, was found on the Georgia side of the lake—near the bridge. Krein said, “Using ground searches we have searched the shoreline […]

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Statewide recognition for Oconee’s Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss, assistant curator and education specialist for the Oconee Heritage Center, has taken home another honor—-this one with statewide implications. The Pendleton District Hospitality Employee of the Year has now received the state’s Hospitality Employee of the Year for 2015. She represented the Oconee and Pendleton organizations in Myrtle Beach, at the 50th Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel. […]

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Want to get Charles Dalton’s blood boiling?

After his talk to the Oconee Economic Alliance, Charles Dalton invited questions. But he warned his audience that if asked about the Rule 111-D of the federal Clean Air Act, he’d be liable to not stop talking. The president/CEO of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, co-ops across the country, and co-op members are alarmed by the EPA’s insistence to carry […]

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Missing man’s kayak found

The kayak of the man missing at Lake Hartwell has been found–on the Georgia side of the lake, according to Sheriff Mike Crenshaw of Oconee County.  Crenshaw says his office has offered searchers the services of its helicopter to search for the man still missing.  So far, he has been identified as 64 years old and became overdue last evening […]

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New electric sub-stations to help grow south Oconee

New sub-stations constructed by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative are positioned to meet growth in southern Oconee—especially in the areas where the county believes there’s a good chance for economic development. Charles Dalton, Blue Ridge president/CEO, spoke this morning about the new Port Bass substation and new transmission lines near Fair Play and how they are designed to serve what a […]

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Prognosticator Billy Birdwell

If Billy Birdwell were a betting man, he would cast his lot on the side of a full pool of water in Lake Hartwell on Memorial Day—the official start of the recreation season. Birdwell, who works in corporate communications for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, says, “…it looks good—very good, in fact—-for reservoir levels to reach or remain just […]

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Fire death ruled accidental

Autopsy findings show a 79-year old Townville man died Tuesday of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his highway 24 home that caught fire. Coroner Karl Addis says contributing to Woodrow Nalley’s death was a pre-existing coronary disease. The Nalley home fire is being investigated by local and state authorities. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Missing Lake Hartwell boater

An overnight search on Lake Hartwell failed to locate a missing boater, but the search will resume this morning. After the boater became overdue at the Hartwell State Park near I-85, public safety responders began to search a large area of water and shoreline. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says if you live in the Lake Hartwell area […]

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Second polling spot urged for Seneca

Mayor Pro-tem Ronnie O’Kelley says he wants to think further about an idea to establish a second voting location in his city. A recommendation to consider Gignilliat Community Center as the new place to vote for about one-half of the city’s voters will go on the agenda for this month’s work session of the city council. Tuesday night Joy Scharich, […]

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