Put it on the market, councilmen say

The consensus of an Oconee County committee is that 502 E. Main Street has served its purposes as county offices, and it’s now time for the old house to be put on the market. By placing it on the market, Councilman Paul Corbeil says it could mean that property can be restored to the city and county’s tax base. And […]

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Five challenged ballots could change outcome

Last night’s Seneca vote tally unofficially gives two incumbents and two challengers seats on the city council. But the election director stressed the outcome remains unofficial until tomorrow morning when the commissioners examine five challenged ballots. Those ballots could change the order of finish involving the fourth and fifth place voter-getters. As announced last night, incumbent Joel Ward topped the […]

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Walhalla to issue Streetscape announcement

Builder Neal Workman was part of a Streetscape executive session last night at Walhalla City Hall. Afterward Mayor Danny Edwards said, “We did some things.” But the mayor referred 96.3/WGOG NEWS to a statement to be issued today by City Administrator Nancy Goehle. There’s speculation there is to be some role for Workman’s Trehel Corporation company as Walhalla wrestles with […]

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Fire damages three structures

Fire late yesterday afternoon in the Townville area of Anderson County damaged three structures. Anderson County fire fighters received assistance from Oconee County’s Crossroads and Friendship fire departments. Those fire stations, according to Oconee Chief Charlie King, sent one engine, two tankers, and 15 fire fighters.

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ONS’s 2013 performance, as judged by the NRC

The federal watchdog agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has determined that the overall performance of Duke Energy’s Oconee nuclear units in 2013 preserved public health and safety and met all cornerstone objectives. The NRC informed Scott Batson, Oconee Site Vice President, by letter March 4 that all inspection findings had very low safety significance. The NRC’s Joey Ledford says those […]

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Homeowner’s actions key to arrest

  According to an Oconee Sheriff’s Office incident report, the actions of a homeowner helped lead to the arrest last week of a Pickens man—one of two persons implicated in a Lake Keowee area crime. Authorities arrested and charged Jamie Lee McAlister, 25 years old, with burglary first degree and larceny at a home on Katelynn Drive, after a man and […]

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Forgiving three snow days

Legislation sits on the Governor’s desk to allow schools boards to forgive up to five days for inclement weather. The thinking in Oconee County is for the district to approve forgiving three days. That would require some changes in the current school year, according to a report heard last night by the Oconee School Board.

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Time of year for Westminster to dig deeper

Westminster leaders next week will deal with a rate increase from their electric power supplier, the PMPA. City Administrator David Smith said he plans to make the rate increase an agenda item for city council’s regular March meeting—one week from tonight. This morning Smith declined to tell 96.3/WGOG NEWS the size of the increase that the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency […]

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50 or older and out of work? Tech can help

Tri-County Technical College is one of 12 community colleges nationwide chosen to receive a grant to put unemployed people, 50 and above, back into the workforce. It’s a two-year, $165,200 grant from the AARP Foundation that targets the needs of low-income, older adult women, and offers training in healthcare support, office and administrative support and computer occupations. “Tri-County will host […]

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