Prognosticator Billy Birdwell

If Billy Birdwell were a betting man, he would cast his lot on the side of a full pool of water in Lake Hartwell on Memorial Day—the official start of the recreation season. Birdwell, who works in corporate communications for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, says, “…it looks good—very good, in fact—-for reservoir levels to reach or remain just […]

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Fire death ruled accidental

Autopsy findings show a 79-year old Townville man died Tuesday of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his highway 24 home that caught fire. Coroner Karl Addis says contributing to Woodrow Nalley’s death was a pre-existing coronary disease. The Nalley home fire is being investigated by local and state authorities.

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Missing Lake Hartwell boater

An overnight search on Lake Hartwell failed to locate a missing boater, but the search will resume this morning. After the boater became overdue at the Hartwell State Park near I-85, public safety responders began to search a large area of water and shoreline. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says if you live in the Lake Hartwell area […]

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Second polling spot urged for Seneca

Mayor Pro-tem Ronnie O’Kelley says he wants to think further about an idea to establish a second voting location in his city. A recommendation to consider Gignilliat Community Center as the new place to vote for about one-half of the city’s voters will go on the agenda for this month’s work session of the city council. Tuesday night Joy Scharich, […]

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Work to resume on Mountain Road

Within two weeks, those live along the Oconee’s rural Mountain Road between Walhalla and Westminster can expect to see a contractor’s crews return to seal cracks in the asphalt. King Asphalt of Liberty last week finished asphalt patching on the road. A spokesman said the schedule, however, will depend on the weather.

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Seneca votes on new wholesale power deal

Seneca is halfway there toward a new arrangement to buy its electrical power from a wholesale supplier. At city administrator Greg Dietterick’s recommendation, city council voted last night to approve first reading of an ordinance to sign a contract with the state-created Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) in Moncks Corner. Dietterick told the mayor and the council they’ll have all […]

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