GOP Chair: “I’m personally very disappointed”

Chairman Bob Skipp of the Oconee Republican Party said he’s disappointed by Independent Republican Tom Ervin’s withdrawal from the Governor’s race the week before the election, but he sees Ervin’s move as having no impact on the chances for Republican nominee Nikki Haley to win a second term. Ervin pulled out and cast his support to Democrat Vincent Sheheen. As […]

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Bomb threat on the Clemson campus

An all-clear has been given this morning at Clemson University. The police investigated a bomb threat at Brackett Hall, and the building evacuated. But moments ago, a university spokesman said nothing was found. And the all-clear means normal activities may be resumed. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Seniors having a say in graduation venue

  With Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum undergoing major renovations, Oconee County high schools are left with securing alternate venues for graduation day 2015. It’s still months away. Yet at one Oconee school, seniors are faced with a choice in which sentimentality is playing a part. Because construction of a new Walhalla High is entering final stages, the issue has arisen of […]

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Partners for Progress to give updates

Plans are in place for the annual meeting of Walhalla Partners for Progress. The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 o’clock Monday night at the Depot on Kaufman Square. Around a meal of chili and cornbread, Partners for Progress will elect officers and offer conversation and fellowship and updates on Streetscape, Old St. John’s, Christmas and cultural events, […]

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Can you find the “Cats” in Seneca?

Tomorrow morning will present a challenge in Seneca. The question is who will be able to find those welded cat symbols that have been temporarily moved from Ramcat Alley and placed within walking distance on the library side of the railroad tracks. It’s called sCATenger hunt devised by the city of Seneca, the Blue Ridge Arts Center, and the Oconee […]

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Health report on a Walhalla manufacturer

 Ken Hopkins, chief operating officer for JTEKT North America, on a visit yesterday to the Upstate, gave thumbs up assessment on how well the company’s bearings plant is doing at its Torrington Road, Walhalla area location.  Hopkins said, “The plant is doing fabulously.”  He spoke to 96.3/WGOG NEWS shortly after keynoting the annual Report to the People luncheon for Tri-County […]

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Attorney General will issue opinion

The office of the South Carolina Attorney’s General has accepted Oconee County’s request to weigh in on the raging controversy of whether county government should enact an ordinance that pays legal expenses for county employees who are sued over actions taken as part of their official capacity. The ordinance, which has passed two of three required readings, is controversial because […]

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New deal means new minimum lake levels

A Duke Energy official says a new agreement means a new minimum level for Lake Keowee. During a Friends of Lake Keowee forum last night, Duke engineer Ed Bruce said the agreement between the utility company and the Army Corps of Engineers likely means both lakes Keowee and Jocassee will retain higher levels during times of drought. Bruce said the […]

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8th version of “Operation Infinity”

On the eve of Halloween, Oconee Sheriff’s Office had something up its sleeve for those who allegedly break society’s drug laws. The Sheriff’s Office started its eighth “Operation Infinity” drug sweep yesterday morning with a briefing that also includes officers from the Seneca police. A statement issued by Sheriff Mike Crenshaw reads, “With Halloween…and with families and children involved in […]

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