Distracted driving law proposed in OC

Oconee’s second-year sheriff intends to ask the County Council for a county-wide law that forbids distracted driving. And it won’t cover simply texting and driving. It’ll require hand-free cell phone use while a vehicle is in motion. Sheriff Crenshaw gave details today of the ordinance that he has drafted, and the details are being aired today on 96.3/WGOG NEWS.

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Sen. Graham now a Paul Harris Fellow

Lindsey Graham’s job in Washington prevents him from attending meetings of the Walhalla Rotary Club. But since his days as a Walhalla lawyer more than 20 years ago, Senator Graham has been a dues-paying member of the club. And today the club took time in Graham’s presence to award their distinguished member an award emblematic of Paul Harris, who founded […]

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CU re-accredited!

Clemson University has been re-accredited for the next 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. After a two-year university self-study and site visit, the commission accredited Clemson to continue awarding bachelor’s, master’s education specialist and doctoral degrees. “This confirms that Clemson University‘s basic academic standards are in place and functioning,” said Nadim Aziz, interim […]

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Officials remove children from Seneca home

The police say three small Seneca children have been removed from their home as part of a police and social services investigation. That investigation produced neglect charges against Tiffany Lynn Payne, a 25 year old mother. The police say the three children, all under the age of 10 years old, have been removed from Payne’s apartment home on Fairfield Drive […]

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Herschel Walker brings talent show to Toccoa

Former football star and now businessman Herschel Walker late one night googled talent videos, and it occurred to him that the performers receive no monetary support even though their submissions get plenty of hits on the computer. That gave Walker an idea to showcase talent from some of America’s smallest towns—such as Toccoa in his home state of Georgia. On […]

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UPDATE: Pickup strikes home

A pickup went out of control struck a Walhalla home, a trash can, and wound up on top of a concrete retaining wall that separates the house from a neighboring home. No one was hurt, but the police say the damage estimate at 13 Ballenger Street is $9,500. Chief Ronald Wilbanks says a blue Ford 150 wound up on top […]

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Tech student places first

A Tri-County Technical College sophomore placed first in the Persuasive Speaking Category in this year’s competition of the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association. Samantha Crowl of Central, criminal justice major, took the highest honor, placing first in the Persuasive Speaking category. Tech was represented by two students in the competition. Besides Crowl, freshman transfer major Nikki Giba of Central […]

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Students back today!

Oconee public schools are back at regular time this morning—after having lost four full days last week to the ice and snow. The school board of trustees will turn its attention tonight to its options for make-up days, although there’s a bill in Columbia to give school districts the authority to forgive some of the lost days. The matter is […]

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Where’s your return?

At least until the snow and ice hit last week, the South Carolina Department of Revenue had been in what was described as “full production and processing individual income tax returns.” By Monday last week, the DOR reported the following: a total of 261,704 returns processed. Nearly 25 thousand of those were paper returns. Some 237 thousand were electronic returns. […]

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