Noon UPDATE from SC DOT

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to fall and accumulate. Upper and central areas of the state have snow accumulation of varying amounts. The lower state has been pelted by sleet and freezing rain. State crews are plowing interstates and primary routes with all available plows. Temperatures are well below freezing statewide except for coastal counties which […]

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Roads slick in the Westminster area

The police chief at Westminster is re-enforcing today’s message of, if at all possible, stay off the roads. Chief Dean Awalt says Westminster roads and streets are slick—making driving a slippery proposition. And that includes 123—the main highway through town. For their driving safety, the police are operating a Hummer and stand ready to answer calls where they are needed. […]

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Pioneer points to Georgia meeting next week

Snow covers the ground now, but leaders of the Pioneer Rural Water District look forward to better times in a few days—-including an important meeting next week at Hartwell, Georgia. The water and sewer board in Hart County meets Monday and is expected to again take up Pioneer’s request to be allowed to draw water from Lake Hartwell, using Hart […]

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It’s not an official motto, but….”

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor darkness of night” applies to the U-S Postal Service, and a rural Oconee carrier tells us he and his colleagues are endeavoring to deliver the mail today. He asks that everyone be patient and especially careful in and around the frequent mail stops the carriers make. The particular carrier we spoke to faces an arduous […]

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Haley defends S. 308

A controversial South Carolina piece of legislation signed into law this week has been referred to as a guns and bars bill. But Governor Nikki Haley, a gun rights supporter, says that isn’t how you should refer to S. 308. The governor’s office calls it the “Concealed Carry Reform Bill.” And she defended the bill which makes the state the […]

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“We’re getting hammered….”

A wind-driven, swirling snow has begun to blanket WGOG land–whether you are in Walhalla. Or whether you’re in the former textile mill village of Newry, from where a caller shortly after 7:30 said, “We’re getting hammered by this stuff.” The forecasts and warnings appear to be dead-on. The storm Pax is beginning to make its mark.

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One arrested in neglect case, second person sought

One Oconeean has been arrested in a case alleging child neglect. A second person, as of yesterday, was still being sought. The Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest Friday of Anita Crystal Waters. The 31-year old School House Road, Westminster woman was charged with three counts of unlawful neglect of a child and was booked into jail late Friday afternoon. Deputies […]

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19th arrest in 3rd drug sweep

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said this week there’s a reason for calling his office’s sweep of those who allegedly break the drug laws “Operation Infinity.” That’s because, Crenshaw concedes, the war against illegal drug use is endless. The Sheriff’s Office this week counted a 19th person arrested as part of its third phase of Operation Infinity that dates back to […]

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Overnight!

  The driver of an SUV swerved to avoid a deer last night in Oconee County and wound up down an embankment. The accident was reported at 11:30 last night at Seneca Creek near the Shiloh Road. Precipitation has begun to move back into South Carolina. Some of it is being reported as freezing rain and snow. Most counties reported […]

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