Low enrollment for health insurance

Congressman Jeff Duncan is decrying the low enrollment numbers for Obamacare. In a statement, the Third District Republican said, “The White House’s announcement that only 100,000 people have signed up for insurance through the healthcare exchanges proves what many Americans have been saying all along: that this law is bad for our nation.”  

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Temporary bridge opened in Pickens County

The South Carolina DOT opened a temporary bridge yesterday afternoon to replace the existing, damaged section on Jones Mill Road over Six Mile Creek in Pickens County near Daniel High School. The DOT uses temporary bridges because they save money by reconnecting motorists sooner than if they had to spend time and fuel on detours while awaiting a permanent replacement. […]

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Estimate: SCAG opinion 2-3 weeks off

The Oconee Treasurer and the county School District may have to wait only a few more weeks before the State’s opinion is ready on whether the district must receive a share of annual fees and penalties associated with county tax payments. Two months ago County Treasurer Greg Nowell, when challenged by the public schools, announced he would request an opinion […]

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Missionary hears from wife in the Philippines

An Oconee County-based missionary breathed a sigh of relief today on hearing from his wife in the Philippines, for the first time since a typhoon hit. Billy Owens, missionary for Unity Baptist Church, married a Philippine. By phone this morning, she told him she is OK—though she barely escaped injury or death. Unity Baptist Church member Carol Ramey says the […]

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Fire hydrants in the middle of Main? Why not?

The Walhalla fire chief is thinking out of the box when it comes to Streetscape. Chief Doug Kelley has confirmed he has approached utilities superintendent Scott Parris with the idea of re-locating Main Street fire hydrants to the median, as part of the re-make of a four-block section downtown. Preliminary to converting Main Street, from Ann to Tugaloo to two […]

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CU campus readies for night game

Tomorrow night’s ACC tilt between the Yellowjackets of Georgia Tech and the Tigers of Clemson University necessitates changes in tomorrow’s work schedule on the Clemson campus. “The employees are being asked to end their work day at noon Thursday. For the afternoon, they’ll be paid through the annual leave program, so they’ll be paid for that time,” said John Gouch […]

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Two Walhalla traffic accidents

Two Walhalla traffic accidents occurred during the 9 o’clock hour this morning. Each occurred within a few minutes of the other and within one block of the other. The police say no one was hurt in either accident. The first wreck involved a government pick up truck and a van in what the police say was a T-bone accident on […]

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“Lakeview is their home”

 Oconee County’s small Lakeview Assisted Living Facility, to some, may be a place forgotten or ignored. But its importance is striking, according to Doug Wright. The executive director of Senior Solutions said it took him a couple of years to properly grasp the role that Lakeview plays for those seniors with basically nowhere to go. “The folks here depend on […]

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Camp tent near Seneca site of four arrests

Oconee sheriff’s officers say four people were ticketed for littering and violating the county’s drug paraphernalia law Saturday afternoon near Seneca, in the vicinity of Wells Highway and Stork’s Way. Officers were there to answer a call about someone living in a tent. They reported finding drug paraphernalia around the camp site and a red-colored crate that contained equipment to […]

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“We hope this never happens again”

The Seneca project to build a utilities complex in a neighborhood where it is not wanted is on an indefinite hold. In the meantime, a committee representing both the city and the homeowners will try for a resolution or a compromise. Mayor Dan Alexander made the announcement at last night’s city council meeting where protesters from Adams subdivision created standing […]

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