More planning talk tonight in Westminster!

Westminster leaders renew their effort tonight to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The 6 o’clock City Planning Commission meeting at the Depot is a follow-up to a meeting two and a half weeks ago when the commissioners met with Chip Bentley, the same South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments staff worker who wrote the city’s last plan in 1990. The […]

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On the eve of the fair, an event hails agriculture

The annual farm-to-table event to celebrate Oconee County agriculture attracts the state’s lieutenant governor as one of its speakers. Glenn McConnell will be part of the dais this evening at the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair grounds on highway 123 between Seneca and Westminster. The event, featuring locally-grown food, begins at 5:30 and takes place on the eve of the […]

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Presbyterians hold “uplifting service”

A church member says Walhalla Presbyterians enjoyed an uplifting service—held across town from where a fire this month heavily damaged their long-time Main Street location. The Presbyterians worshipped yesterday in Oconee School District headquarters and, according to church spokesman Thomas Alexander, used part of their worship meeting to bring its members up to date on the latest information. According to […]

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Body found in lake, autopsy today

An autopsy takes place today on the body of a Keowee Key man. And once the autopsy results are available and reported to the man’s family, they will be released to the public, according to the Oconee County coroner. Karl Addis says Robert Bruce Graffis was found Saturday night, in water 10 to 12 feet deep 50 yards from the […]

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Straight party-line vote in the Senate

The Senate in Washington voted today on straight party line against the House-passed provision that defunds Obamacare. All Senate Republicans, including South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, voted in favor of de-funding. The vote was 45-54. In a statement from Washington, Graham said, “I fought and voted against Obamacare in 2010. Since then, I have tried to stop the law’s implementation any […]

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New digital messages for responders

Information from IPad tablets is being made available to as many as 440 Oconee County responders to help them better respond to emergencies. Charlie King, Oconee County Fire Chief, announces that a digital messaging system, from the company Active911, provides fire fighters riding trucks headed to an emergency scene with information about closest hydrants and building pre-plan information. In the […]

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Gala to benefit Oconee Heritage Center

The organization that preserves and interprets Oconee’s history and heritage will benefit from a November gala, and tickets for that event are now on sale. This year’s harvest moon gala is called “Moonshine & Moonlight”—-in recognition that, with the proper permit, you can now make what used to be a strict no-no. Leslie White, director/curator, says Dark Corner Distillery of […]

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White-tailed deer on the roam!

A state deer biologist says white-tailed deer are constantly on the roam, and motorists across South Carolina should be constantly aware. “As the states’ human population increases and more people move to the country which increases commuting traffic, increases in deer-human encounters should be expected,” said Charles Ruth, DNR Deer/Turkey Program Coordinator. White-tailed deer are masters at evading predators, according […]

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Seneca restaurateur at the head of the Scott fan club

Costas Bakogiannis may live and work in Lindsey Graham country, but it’s South Carolina’s junior U-S senator whom Bakogiannis admires the most. The part owner of Seneca Family Restaurant, Bakogiannis made clear in a 96.3/WGOG NEWS interview that he’s fond of 10-year Senator Graham, but it’s the first-year Senator Tim Scott for which he has much admiration. “I just love […]

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