BREAKING NEWS from the local hospital

The boards of Oconee Medical Center and Greenville Health System have approved a binding deal that makes OMC part of the GHS system–thru a 50-year lease beginning October 1.  The announcement was made and explained this afternoon to reporters by Jeanne Ward, OMC president/CEO; Hunter Kome, chief operating officer; and Rick Philips, OMC board chairman.  Details can be heard this […]

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“Decision Day” at Oconee Medical Center

The board of directors at Oconee Memorial Center, during a noon hour meeting today, is expected to take a decision that’ll have far-reaching consequences for local hospital care. And that decision, if approved, will place OMC under the control of Greenville Health System—a larger hospital care system. Some critics of the agreement decry the loss of a community-based hospital, but […]

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Fire cause sought

The Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled out arson in last weekend’s fire in a Stephens County industrial building. But while the investigators see nothing suspicious, they were at the Heavywood Furniture building Monday to start to try to determine what caused the fire. The Fire Marshal’s Office is working in cooperation with the company’s insurance office. The Saturday morning […]

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Special Walhalla meeting tonight

A rare Wednesday meeting for the Walhalla City Council. Mayor Danny Edwards will call the council into  session at 5:30 this afternoon at City Hall to consider final approval of an agreement with an engineering company for a USDA-funded water project. The company is Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. Also, up for a second reading is a service and compensation agreement […]

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So far, no money for a Kellett re-make

Seneca leaders set in motion last night new budgets to cover income and spending for the next year, but the new budgets include no money toward a plan to find an alternate use for a 12-acre former school property.  And that was somewhat of a sore point between a neighborhood representative and the mayor.  City plans last year to build […]

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The police believe Franks solely responsible

With the arrest of a 39-year old man who lives near Seneca, the city police believe they have the individual responsible for $30 thousand worth of vandalism since the first of the year. The police yesterday announced the arrest of Calvin Scottie Franks of Singing Pines Road on 10 counts of malicious damage to personal property and 23 counts of […]

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Oconee’s vote results

Oconeeans who made the effort yesterday cast their lot with the apparent winners in the statewide primary runoff elections. Fewer than three thousand Oconee County voters participated in runoff elections. Here are Oconee’s unofficial results: In the Democratic runoff, Tom Thompson took nearly 66% of the vote for state Superintendent of Education. Thompson tallied 131 votes. His runoff opponent, Shelia […]

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Paul Cain: “It’s a mess”

Paul Cain, the newest Oconee County councilman, has gotten his first look inside the old county courthouse. And, like others who’ve seen it, Cain calls the conditions a mess. The District 3 councilman said once the developers’ lease expires this summer, the council will be faced with either tearing down the 1956 building or repairing—expensive propositions either way, he says. […]

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Water main break near Walhalla

A water main break near Walhalla has halted service for those customers in the vicinity of South Carolina 183/the Westminster Highway and Oak Grove Road.  City Hall has been swamped with calls.  Nancy Goehle, city administrator, says utility crews have been working on the problem all morning. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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