Burglary south of the RR tracks

Seneca police cars with their blue lights on, followed by an ambulance, created excitement late yesterday afternoon in a neighborhood south of the railroad tracks. “Our officers responded to a burglary in progress call over on Allen Street. The subject fled prior to officers’ arrival,” said Chief John Covington. The police said his officers did not immediately find their suspect, […]

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Two people lost found safe

Two people lost were found safe late yesterday afternoon in rural Oconee County. A rescue team deployed to the trail that leads to Yellow Branch waterfalls north of Walhalla. Grahl Haney of Oconee Emergency Services said a man and a woman, in their early 20s, were found in woods and led to a safe area. No one injured.

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Aleguire makes a stop in the Capital City

Rosellen Aleguire, chairwoman of the Oconee Democratic Party, was among some 30 Democrats and others from Oconee and Pickens who are in Columbia to press issues with the state’s leaders. A rally took place there. And Aleguire and the others got a meeting with Sen. Thomas Alexander at the Columbia office of the Oconee-Pickens Republican.  Aleguire described Alexander as courteous […]

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I-385 safety improvements

Data from the state Department of Transportation indicate fewer motorists are crashing into trees and dying along a stretch of I-385 in Laurens County since several trees were removed during a widening project about four years ago. The clear zone there was increased to meet the current national guidance. A clear zone is the un-obstructed area beyond the edge of […]

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Millions spent, but JRSA not satisfied

Upgrades in an important sewer basin between Seneca and Clemson have allowed the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority to emerge out from under a state consent order. But Bob Winchester, executive director of the Coneross Wastewater Treatment Plant, says while what the JRSA is left with does work, the end product is not entirely satisfactory. “We have a multitude of […]

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Getting in on the 1-cent proposition

The volunteer group working to establish a 9-11 memorial in Oconee County applied this week for a spot on the county’s 1-cent sales tax referendum. Assistant Chief Brandon Shirley of the Keowee Fire Department, 9-11 committee chairman, submitted the application that seeks $420 thousand to build what the group believes will be the “finest 9-11 memorial in the Southeastern U-S.” […]

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New health policy being considered by OSB

A policy change being considered by the Oconee School Board of Trustees will enhance the safety of students with allergies who are at risk for anaphylactic shock. At last night’s work session Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations, introduced for consideration the idea of district schools stocking epinephrine dosage pens for use as required on students susceptible to the potentially-fatal […]

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JRSA’s 2013 in review

Bob Winchester may have covered it all last night as he stood in Walhalla and reported on the activities and financial condition of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority. As executive director of the county’s treatment plant, it fell to Winchester to conduct the JRSA’s annual meeting, for which leaders of the three member cities filled tables inside the Walhalla […]

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Pioneer’s request tabled for a month

In Hart County, the water and sewer authority board for that northeast Georgia county has tabled until next month a request from its South Carolina neighbor, the Pioneer Rural Water District, for assistance. Officials representing Pioneer, a retail water supplier for parts of Oconee and Anderson counties, went into last night’s meeting in Hartwell in hopes that the authority would […]

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Barn fire at Crossroads

Fire broke out early last night in a barn inside the service territory of the Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department. Oconee County dispatchers say no one was injured in the fire at Hawk Ridge Drive near the Williams Farm Road. The barn was destroyed, but owner George Chandler says he wants all to know that he’s grateful to all the fire […]

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