Park to remain open in 2014

The federal government has decided a park near the South Carolina-Georgia crossing will remain open into 2014. According to Toccoa’s WNEG, the decision means the Army Corps of Engineers will not close the park off highway 123 January 1, as it first planned. Meantime, the corps and Stephens County will continue to work on an agreement for the county to […]

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A Pickens County controversy

Philip Bowers hopes as many Pickens County residents as possible will show up at this week’s meeting of the county’s state legislative delegation to register their opposition to expanding the county school board. The delegation welcomes the public for a meeting at 5:30 Thursday evening at the Dacusville Community Center on Earls Bridge Road, Easley. And Bowers, chairman of the […]

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Lake lovers issue a 2014 challenge

To help its residents stay fit and healthy, the state of South Carolina sponsors ‘1st Day Hikes’ and other activities to get people out of the house and moving. State park trails are relatively short, though not without some challenges, but easy enough to walk in about one hour at a leisurely pace. Brooks Wade and other lovers of Lake […]

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Limited Government group meets this week

The next meeting of the group Limited Government for Oconee is Thursday night near Seneca, and the public is welcome to attend. The meeting takes place at 6 o’clock at 2036 Sandifer Boulevard. The group is working to defeat a 1% capital sales tax, proposed as a public referendum as part of this November’s General Election.

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Seneca leaders meet Monday

The mayor and the eight-member city council gather Monday night in Seneca for two meetings in which the city’s switch to electric-powered bus service will be a prime consideration. Four electric buses are now in Seneca’s possession. On Monday night, however, the council will be asked to approve the purchase of a 5th electric bus from the Greenville manufacturer Proterra. […]

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Sober or Slammer this weekend!

It’s always good advice to avoid drinking and driving. Especially between now and New Year’s Day. The Walhalla police have announced they’ll be on the lookout all this weekend for drivers under the influence. According to Sgt. Aaron Alexander, you can expect to see mandatory-stop checkpoints throughout the city. Alexander says his department will be doing its part in this […]

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Walhalla water project set for ’14

Counting Streetscape and the quest for a new supply, water projects are likely to keep Walhalla busy in 2014. The replacement of old utility lines in the four-block section destined for Streetscape, as well as the continual effort by the city to find a new source of water get the most attention. But there’s an approximate $400 thousand upgrade that […]

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Keowee Key man in “complete agreement” with Duncan

A Keowee Key man is all on-board with the Third District congressman’s plans for legislation to open energy development under less environmental regulations. It’s just that Harry Wertheimer doesn’t regard prospects good for its passage. Wertheimer worked as a mechanical engineer during his auto industry career and, from his retirement home, has waged a campaign to convince government to end […]

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How to explain it?

Only a few days remain in a year in which Oconee County fatal traffic numbers fell appreciably. From 23 fatalities in 2012, the toll on the highways in 2013 fell to three dead. When asked for an explanation, the county’s coroner could only say, “It’s been a good year.” At 96.3/WGOG NEWS’s request, Coroner Karl Addis took a look at […]

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Just how many black bears are out there?

Researchers at Clemson University and the state Department of Natural Resources have completed field work on a project that will yield important new information on the population of black bears in the South Carolina mountains. The objective is to estimate the black bear population in the Mountain Hunt Unit located in northern Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties using DNA analysis […]

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