80 to 85 voters so far in Seneca

In the first three hours of voting, 80 to 85 people had cast ballots in Seneca–the largest voting precincts across Oconee County Council District Three. That equates to about 30 an hour.  Voting to fill an unexpired council term is also taking place today at two other locations, in Utica and Newry. Voting today is by write-in only and will […]

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Elementary principal appointed

 Oconee School District announced the selection today of a new elementary school principal in Seneca. The county trustees have accepted Marie Simmons, current principal at Tamassee-Salem Elementary School, as the new principal of Blue Ridge Elementary School. Simmons’ hiring is effective July 1. Of her 15 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator, Simmons spent four of the years teaching […]

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Traffic stop produces meth lab

An Oconee deputy’s traffic stop on a car during the early morning hours yesterday produced what authorities refer to as a shake-and-bake meth lab inside a small car and resulted in the arrests of a man and a woman. A right turn onto W. Halfway Branch Road by a 1994 Toyota Camry after going left of center caught the deputy’s […]

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April money-loser for OMC

As Oconee Medical Center proceeds down the path toward joining the Greenville Health System, the hospital has recorded another money-losing month. April’s numbers, delivered last night to a meeting of the OMC board of directors, came in at $163,014 in expenses over revenues. For the hospital year that started October 1, excess of revenue over expenses has climbed to more […]

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Programming note!

Here is a programming note: Because 96.3/WGOG is carrying Furman University baseball today, all regular noon hour programming—including Flea Market—will not be heard today. Air time for today’s play-in game between Furman and UNC-Greensboro is 11:45 this morning, with first pitch at noon. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Write-in hopefuls get in last-minute campaigning

The two announced write-in candidates for Seat Three, Oconee County Council got in some election eve campaigning last night in Seneca, during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Just moments before the start, the league issued this statement: “It is the policy of the League NOT to conduct forums with write-in candidates, but this is an exceptional […]

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Write-in votes will decide!

A special election today decides who fills the remaining six-plus months of an unexpired term on the Oconee County Council. But, as voters cast their ballots, they’ll find no remaining ballot candidates for Council Seat Three. The withdrawal of Republican nominee Andy Inabinet Friday means write-in ballots will decide today’s election. Inabinet has cast his support to former Seneca councilman […]

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Cartel runs anti-surveillance on Oconee drug officers

While the Oconee Narcotics Squad keeps its eyes on drug traffickers, the traffickers keep eyes on the narcotics officers. Is it recognition that the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has succeeded in denting some of the illegal trade? Or is it just good business on the part of the cartel? Ken Washington, the captain of Oconee’s Narcotics Squad, told Walhalla Rotary Club […]

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Oconee’s loss is Greenville’s gain

The six-year agent-in-charge of the Oconee State Probation and Parole Office has accepted a transfer to Greenville. For Greg Stewart, it’s going to mean supervising a caseload six times more than Oconee’s. Stewart has worked in Oconee six years. He says it has been a pleasure to serve Oconee County. He says Oconeeans have been a joy to work with. […]

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