The 2013 Year in Review

For those in the radio business, there certainly was much to talk about in 2013. In fact, one four-letter word that spells “rain” would tell the biggest Oconee County story. More than 40” of rain during the first six months spelled an end to a severe drought. Fortunately, for the water tables there was enough rainfall the rest of the […]

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Cell towers proliferate in Oconee?

Josh Stephens, Oconee County zoning administrator, announced last week that county staff is at work on a map delineating communication cell towers across the county. The members of the Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals are likely to find the map helpful as they go about deciding if future towers are warranted and where they should go. The county’s zoning laws […]

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Turning Christmas trees into fish habitats

 If you purchased a natural Christmas tree this holiday season, consider recycling it at lakes Hartwell or Thurmond. The fish will thank you. The Army Corps of Engineers is collecting used, natural Christmas trees to enhance fish habitat at the lakes. The trees will be tied in bundles, weighted with concrete anchors, and submerged in various locations marked with buoys. […]

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2014 is an election year!

Oconee County Republicans invite the public for a meet-and-greet breakfast 16 days into 2014. The event will take place from 8 to 10 a-m Thursday, January 16 at the Seneca Family Restaurant and will cost $7 a person. Mary Jo Gallagher of the Republican Party invites everyone to join in the conversation or to ask questions.

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Moped operator allegedly carried weapons

What an Oconee sheriff’s officer called a wide right turn raised suspicions during patrol operations last Saturday near Townville. And those suspicions led to a traffic stop on Woolbright Circle near South Carolina 24 in which the operator of a moped was charged with multiple offenses. Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, said James Henry Nix, 24-year old […]

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Year-end holiday travel

The motor club AAA Carolinas predicts a record number of South Carolians is hitting the highways for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. The prediction of as many as 1.3 million state residents traveling 50 miles or more on the highways represents an increase of 22 thousand travelers, compared to last year. The 12-day holiday period this year is defined as Saturday, […]

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Oconee trout get new home

The state DNR used a helicopter and a special lift bucket last week to stock 17 thousand trout in the lower Saluda River near Columbia. The rainbow and brown trout came from the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery in Oconee County. About six thousand of the fish can be identified with a tag that’ll provide a means of gathering data on […]

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93 kids “Shop with Heroes”

 A benevolent Oconee County project to remember needy children at Christmas has a dual purpose of early relationships between children and the men and women in uniform. The 2013 “Shop with Heroes” provided for 93 children this morning at the Wal-Mart near Seneca. Corp. Tim Rice of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, says donations received throughout the year provide for the […]

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Storm has been a soaker!

The storm that moved from the southeast to the northeast proved to be a soaker for Oconee County. The U-S Official Weather Observer at Walhalla, Barbara Wilson, recorded a drenching of 2.66” plus .39″ in two separate measurements taken over the weekend.  That gives the County Seat more than 7.5″ in December alone.  And other locations in Oconee County received […]

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Library Board points to January 8

Chairman Danny Day and the rest of the Oconee Library Board of Trustees are gearing toward a special meeting eight days into the new year, for the purpose of approving an application to the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission. At their January 8 meeting, the library trustees seek to set their application to share in proceeds from a county one-cent […]

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