Conservationists build kitty, incrementally

The local conservation movement, under the umbrella of Oconee County, set further about today to build a kitty to reach its objectives. At a meeting today at Pine Street, the county Conservation Bank Board accepted a new donation. This one amounted to $1 thousand dollars and was presented by Eddie Martin, on behalf of the group Oconee Forever. According to […]

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Second shelter opens

A second shelter has opened in Oconee. This one at the town of Salem’s Community Center near Town Hall. Especially invited are the many Keowee Key residents who’ve been without electric power since early last night, but town spokeswoman Martin Jennings says this shelter is open to anyone who needs warmth. There are chairs and tables in the building, and […]

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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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