Point-counterpoint on 1% referendum

Brad Norton and Ward Fetrow both live near Salem. But these Tamassee community neighbors share differing views on how their fellow Oconee County residents should vote next month on adding a penny to the local sales tax. Norton favors a one-cent addition to pay for a list of betterment projects countywide. Fetrow does not take issue with the worthiness of […]

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Lending a voice to fill a need

An Oconee student has lent her voice to help a fill a need within the county’s public school district. Walhalla Middle School 8th grader Rachel Twitty is part of her school’s student-operated radio station. And, in that capacity, Rachel recently recorded a pitch urging qualified individuals to consider becoming district bus drivers. Part and full-time bus driver’s jobs are available. […]

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Pleateau executive testifies

An executive for earth-moving company Plateau Excavation testified for his side Friday afternoon as the first week of a lengthy, complex trial wound down at the Oconee County Courthouse.  The witness was Brad Carroll, Plateau’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.  Carroll was preceded on the stand by a pair of what the court accepted as expert witnesses.  In […]

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Joel Ward’s Seneca vision

Seneca Councilman Joel Ward would like to see his city lower the electric power bills charged to the Seneca business community. A break on the electric power bill, Ward believes, will help those in business stay in business longer. And Ward told us that he thinks lower electric charges will serve as incentive for others to open businesses in the […]

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Uncle and nephew fatally shot in Liberty

An uncle and his nephew have been found shot dead in Liberty—a case under investigation by the police in that Pickens County municipality. Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the dead as 42-year old Steven Chapman and his 22-year old nephew, Houston Chapman. The shootings took place Friday afternoon on Liberty’s Forest View Circle—the street where Houston Chapman lived. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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34-year old woman hit by train

A 34-year old Anderson woman lost her life yesterday in what the Pickens County coroner said was a train-pedestrian accident. The accident was fatal to pedestrian Annjuanginissa McMillen. She was killed at 10 Friday morning on the tracks near Mauldin and Ligon roads in Liberty. Coroner Kandy Kelley says McMillen was walking on the tracks. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Senator Scott warns President Obama

U-S Senator Tim Scott says if the administration of President Obama pushes forward with transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to domestic locations, it will meet serious opposition. Scott said the domestic locations might include the Naval brig in Hanahan, South Carolina near Charleston. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Town Hall forum

Tri-County Technical College will hold an informal town hall forum Wednesday, October 15 for students to meet candidates running for state and local offices. The “Pizza and Politics” forum will be 1:20 to 2:15 p-m in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton campus. The event is sponsored by the Tri-County Student Democrats Club and the college’s Enrichment Series Committee. […]

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Running down the November 4 ballot

Some local candidates this year enter next month’s General Election unopposed. Yet a voter should not be fooled into thinking that there is little importance attached to the 2014 General Election in South Carolina. To the contrary, there are contested races for several top statewide offices—along with important referenda at both the local and state levels. On 96.3/WGOG NEWS today, […]

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“Skip” Lewis takes the stand

Civil engineer L-G “Skip” Lewis has taken the stand in the Oconee County courtroom to testify on his review and give an opinion of the plans used to extend the Oconee Regional Airport starting in 2009 by an additional 600 feet. Lewis, a West Union resident, chairs the board of the Greenville-based firm H2L Consulting Engineers. He was called by […]

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