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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Getting political in Seneca!

It’s time for Seneca residents to get serious about their city government. Candidate qualifying opens today for Seneca’s March 11 election—when the voters will be asked to fill four of the eight council seats. Those council members whose seats expire this year and who are eligible to run again are Scott Durham, Joel Ward, Ernest Riley and Andrea Alewine. The […]

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Unemployment fraud in Pickens County

A Pickens County woman is one of three South Carolinians who pleaded guilty and were sentenced for making a false statement or misrepresentation with the intent to defraud the Department of Employment and Workforce. Thomasina Hicks, 29-year old Central resident, received unemployment benefits between 2009 and 2011 based on her weekly certifications that she was totally unemployed and earning no […]

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Hikers airlifted from park

The North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) airlifted three stranded South Carolina hikers who spent a bitterly cold and wet night on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The three were taken to Asheville’s Mission Hospital. Responding rangers had stabilized the men in the field with dry clothing, sleeping bags, and shelter. They were treated […]

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