Governor orders evacuation of Charleston

As Hurricane Matthew threatens the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina. Residents and visitors in Charleston and Beaufort Counties should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5. Residents and visitors in certain parts of bordering coastal counties – Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and […]

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“FOLKS” forum casaulty of Matthew

For a DHEC worker in Columbia, travel has been cancelled.  Tomorrow night’s forum at the Duke’s Oconee World of Energy, sponsored by “FOLKS”–the Friends of Lake Keowee, has been called off.  Ben Turetsky says the event will be re-scheduled.   DHEC’s James Glover was to have been the main speaker.

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State official cancels appearance at Walhalla

For staff training purposes, all branches of the Oconee Public Library are closed today.  But the hurricane that is on track to pass thru the state between Charleston and Columbia has created bumper-to-bumper traffic for evacuees.  The traffic situation in the Capital city has forced Joe Ryan of the Attorney’s General Office to cancel his talk to Oconee library workers […]

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Industry inducement agreement made final

In routine fashion, Oconee County leaders made final an inducement agreement for an existing county manufacturing employer to expand.  But there is to be no announcement until later as to which company it is, though the county’s economic development recruiter went so far in an interview with 101.7/WGOG NEWS to identify the company as a 24-year member of the county’s […]

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Call for school resource officers in all elementary schools

A Westminster man says he realizes there’s a large cost involved, but he thinks there should be school resource officers assigned to all Oconee County elementary schools.  Frankie Pearson made his call during last night’s County Council public comment session.  Pressuring one elected body to do something that another elected body wants raised a legal question, but Pearson said the […]

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Revised bond issue to help make Tech campus a reality

Oconee County will spend up to four million dollars to prepare land for the county’s campus of Tri-County Technical College.  The decision last night to issue bonds in the amount of $4 million followed an executive session and a civil engineer’s presentation of what it will take to prepare 30 acres inside the Information and Technology Park on highway 11.  […]

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The check is practically in the mail

All paperwork is now said to be complete for the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority to obtain from Oconee County a financial settlement to the dispute over a long-running financial payment.  It’s going to mean $1.9 million to the JRSA which, in turn, according to Executive Director Bob Winchester, will deposit the money into the authority’s depreciation account.

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Real estate deals keep deed workers busy

The registrar of deeds for Oconee, Anna Davison, says her office and staff were kept busy by an upswing of real estate deals during September.  No specific numbers were made available today to 101.7/WGOG NEWS, but one of the players in the Oconee county housing market, Lorraine Harding, says, “I’ve definitely seen an increase in sales and foot traffic, people […]

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