Californian arrested on drug charges

A California man was arrested by Oconee sheriff’s officers over the weekend on multiple drug charges. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the arrest of 34-year old San Diego resident Steven Lee Duncan took place after deputies were called to Oconee Memorial Hospital. Warrants obtained by deputies Saturday accuse Duncan of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and […]

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18-month prison term for shoplifting defendant

A 40-year old woman with a previous shoplifting record has been sent to prison for 20 months. In Oconee General Sessions Court today, Judge Lawton McIntosh ordered a seven-year term for Vonetta Regenia Brown, suspended the sentence to 20 months and five years probation. Brown pleaded guilty today to shoplifting enhancement, which amounted to incidents of taking store items in […]

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Car accident followed Rotary Club meeting

 Two cars collided at the Walhalla traffic light intersection of W. Main and N. Church streets. According to responders, no one was hurt in the accident involving cars driven by retired school district administrator John Lay and State Representative Bill Whitmire. In the impact, Lay’s car flipped over and required a wrecker to move it. Whitmire told 96.3/WGOG NEWS that […]

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Graham supports Export-Import Bank

U-S Senator Lindsey Graham says he and other senators from both sides of the political aisle in Washington have introduced the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015, which re-authorizes the bank’s charter late into the year 2019. Without congressional action, the authorization will expire this summer on June 30. “Closing the Bank right now would amount to unilateral […]

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Chamber Coalitions sets legislative forum

The annual legislative forum sponsored by the Oconee-Pickens Chambers of Commerce Coalition takes place 3 to 5 Thursday afternoon at the Duke World of Energy. Vanessa Penton, executive director of the Greater Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce, says members of the chambers of commerce from the two counties are going to hear about a pair of important legislative matters. One […]

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Saturday’s event to be the first of two

  This Saturday’s event to recognize Oconee County’s Vietnam-era veterans will be the first of two over the next three years. Organizers are hoping the 2 o’clock ceremony at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center will attract hundreds who served during the war years 1965 to 1975. A special, 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative flag will be unveiled and remarks made by […]

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Meetings tonight!

The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Oconee Public Library Board takes place at 5:30 this evening in the meeting room at the Walhalla Main Library. The meeting is open to the public, and public comment is welcomed at the start. A meeting of the Oconee Planning Commission takes place at 6 tonight in Council Chambers at the County Administrative Complex […]

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Special event for high school students

High school juniors and seniors can learn how Tri-County Technical College can help them get started to a career during an event next month on the Pendleton campus. An event, 4 to 6 o’clock the evening of Saturday, April 4, will include a barbecue dinner, Country Music Television giveaways and drawings for an iPad. Students may bring one parent with […]

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If industry came calling today….

If an industry looking to make a move today called Oconee County and asked about the availability of a building, would the county be able to accommodate? It’s an issue that members of the board of Oconee Economic Alliance batted around Friday during a board meeting in Westminster. Russell Johnson, project manager for the alliance, says there is a finite […]

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Hazing at Walhalla High

Incidents of hazing involving members of the Walhalla High boys’ varsity soccer team have led to what the county superintendent says are the suspensions of five players  Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, says the suspensions have resulted from an investigation begun Tuesday when one of the victims contacted school authorities.  Specific details of what happened weren’t immediately provided to 96.3/WGOG NEWS, […]

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