Widespread power outages

We have word this morning of widespread power outages affecting parts of Oconee County.  Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative customers reported they lost service during a night of lightning and strong wind affecting Fair Play, Crossroads, and Mountain Rest.  The Walhalla Fire Department responded to trees on power lines on the Picket Post Road and the Stribling Shoals Road. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Greenfield helps assure future job pipeline

A Fair Play boy, Calvin Roach, is one example of a youngster who is earning while he’s learning.  And the youth apprentice program with which Calvin is affiliated marked a successful one-year anniversary today with a luncheon and a tour at the cutting tool maker Greenfield Industries in Oconee County.  Calvin was one of nine youth apprentices to be recognized, […]

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E. Main Street/Shiloh Road repaving

Seneca is hopeful that state road money will resurface more than four miles of East Main Street from Walnut Street to the Wells Highway.  101.7/WGOG NEWS has learned that, at the least, members of the state “C” Fund Committee for Oconee County are talking about smoothing out the bumpy 4-way stop intersection of Main and N. Cherry streets.  Mayor Dan […]

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Kirven replaces Drew as Master-in-Equity

The 10th Judicial Circuit, covering Oconee and Anderson counties, is being served by a new master-in-equity.  Effective July 1, Anderson attorney Steve Kirven succeeded Ellis Drew, who has retired.  Drew is believed to be the only master-in-equity to adjudicate matters in the two counties.  A master-in-equity serves at the appointment of the governor and has jurisdiction of matters referred to […]

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Scott seeks to penalize Clinton

U-S Senator Tim Scott announced legislation this morning that would revoke the security clearance of Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for President.  Scott is a Republican from South Carolina who joined with a Texas colleague to try to apply the TRUST Act (S.3135) to Clinton and her colleagues at the State Department, who […]

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Citizens Police Academy accepts applications

The 3rd Citizens Police Academy of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office is now fewer than two months away and applications are still being accepted for the program to give Oconeeans a chance to experience what a day in the life of a police officer is like.  Sgt. Mike McGowan has received 21 applications but more applications are needed and welcomed.  You […]

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Scott supports bills to enhance public safety

Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, has announced he voted in favor of both the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act and the Stop Illegal Re-entry Act.  Known also as Kate’s Law, the Stop Illegal Re-entry Act was named for Kate Steinle killed in San Francisco allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and had seven felony […]

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Surgery attaches plates to K9’s fractured hips

Surgery at a Greenville veterinarians’ facility attached plates to the fractured hips of the Westminster Police Department K-9.  Chief Dean Awalt says a recuperation period lies ahead and it is too soon to know if “Dexter” will be able to resume his duties.  The K-9 was hurt when hit by a car Independence Day night when, scared by fireworks, the […]

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Frederick Johnston Owen

  Westminster, SC— Frederick Johnston Owen, 88, husband of the late Frances Irene Walters Owen, of 438 Bow Street, Westminster, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 PM, prior to the service, […]

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Greenfield salutes its work apprentices

Greenfield Industries of Oconee County will celebrate the completion tomorrow of its first year partnering with Apprenticeship Carolina.  A Greenfield Apprentice Appreciation Day will feature lunch and tour of the plant on 123 between Seneca and Clemson. Greenfield has been working to develop employment programs for area youth, and last year partnered with Apprenticeship Carolina. Greenfield Industries today hosts nine […]

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