Warming shelter opens

Oconee Emergency Services and the Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross have opened a warming shelter in Seneca, at the St. Mark Methodist Church, 616 Quincy Road. Anyone needing to escape the elements is welcome. If you have questions or concerns, call Scott Krein, emergency management director, at 710-7027. The shelter may be just what some customers of Duke […]

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Official low: 5 degrees!

Around these parts the weather doesn’t become official until the graceful lady makes her pronouncement from Walhalla’s Hickory Hollow Farm. And Barbara Wilson checked in this morning with a bone-chilling five degrees as Walhalla’s official low temperature. She says it hasn’t been this cold since 1994. As an official observer, Wilson reports her findings to the National Weather Service, as […]

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County-municipal confab tomorrow night

Oconee County and the cities are headed to the meeting table for the purpose of resolving differences that potentially impede economic development. Paul Corbeil, the District One county councilman, announced last night the meeting of the minds will take place in an open, public meeting planned at 5:30 tomorrow evening at Seneca’s Cross Creek Plantation. “We, the Oconee County Council […]

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Delegation’s meeting format disappoints

Oconee’s state lawmakers heard concerns over tax fairness and spending priorities, but those complaints were aired by the only two people who met the delegation’s requirement of last week to sign up for a place on the agenda. And the lawmakers annual public meeting with their constituents last night lasted barely a half hour, which disappointed a couple of people […]

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A 14-degree morning!

Like much of the rest of the country, Oconeeans are bundling up to stave off the cold. At 5:30 this morning, the 2058 Westminster Highway temperature stood at 14 degrees. The state has warned we can expect sub-freezing temperatures for at least the next 24 hours, and everyone is advised to take precautions. Electric power outages interrupted service last night […]

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Heating safety tips

Greenville Fire Department urges everyone to follow safety tips and precautions to prevent fires caused by home heating equipment. They include keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as a furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. And never use your […]

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Schools plan to run tomorrow!

Despite the extreme cold gripping the area, Oconee public schools plan regular hours tomorrow. An announcement this afternoon from the school district states that consideration was given to a delay, but temperatures are not expected to rise appreciably in the morning. The statement reads: “….we have taken the necessary steps to ensure a warm and safe environment when children arrive […]

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Election development!

96.3/WGOG NEWS learned this morning that all four Seneca incumbents will run for new terms in office. And all four–Durham, Ward, Riley, and Alewine–plan to show up at noon today in Walhalla for the start of qualifying. As one of them termed it, the turnout is to demonstrate that the four are running “as a team.”

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