Chase from Oconee ends in Georgia crash

An early morning chase that started in Oconee County ended with the crash of the suspect’s car three counties away inside Georgia on I-85. And the driver of that Chevy Blazer is reported to have required a medical airlift around 1:30 this morning from Banks Crossing to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital. He has been identified in police reports as Kenneth […]

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Oconee’s July 4 weather varies year-to-year

Oconee County enjoyed weather in the 90s yesterday, if enjoy is the appropriate word. The official Walhalla high reading reached 92 degrees—as recorded by Weather Observer Barbara Wilson. Oconee’s July 4 weather has varied for at least the last three years. Hot this year, soaking wet last year, and so hot in 2012 that the county back then baked in […]

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Seneca fire victim flown for treatment

A car fire yesterday inside a Seneca garage left the man working on that car with burns and smoke inhalation. The man, who was not identified to 96.3/WGOG NEWS, was flown by helicopter from the Seneca Fire Department last evening to regional burn treatment center at Augusta, Georgia. Seneca fire fighter Fabian Skelton said the car fire occurred late yesterday […]

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Watching “Arthur”

South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. As a result of the projected movement of tropical storm Arthur up the east coast, key agencies in South Carolina government have been notified to be ready to respond, if needed. Those in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions […]

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Salem begins year with balanced budget

In the general budget for the town of Salem, income and expenses are balanced—-at the figure of $549 thousand dollars. Salem’s new government year started today, after the budget was submitted for action during a special council meeting last night. The largest item of anticipated income during the next 12 months is $200 thousand, from a fire contract with Oconee […]

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At Salem, Williams to succeed Sprouse

Little River Community’s Jim Williams, an attorney in Seneca, has been selected by the Salem Town Council to become the town’s next judge—-starting in January 2015. That’s when Scott Sprouse, the current judge, becomes a circuit court judge, requiring him to resign his positions as municipal court judge. Williams was chosen last night during a special council meeting. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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West Union political stirrings!

Two men have emerged, so far, to run for an unexpired seat on the West Union Town Council. Elections Director Joy Brooks this afternoon identified the qualified candidates as Doug Moore and Chad Thomas. Qualifying for the special September 9 election runs until noon Monday, July 7. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Pickens County municipal house fire

Many of Pickens County’s fire fighting resources have been deployed today to a house fire in the town of Norris. As a result, Oconee County fire fighters are providing station coverage for some of the departments engaged in the fire fighting. Keowee fire fighters are manning the Six Mile station, while Corinth-Shiloh volunteers are covering Clemson University. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Preferred campus property described

To hear the chairman of Oconee’s state lawmakers tell it, an announcement is likely soon on a permanent Oconee County campus for Tri-County Technical College. And this afternoon a Tech commissioner, realtor John Powell, says there is a preferred location to build. Powell describes the property as 20 acres in size in a central part of the county. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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