Continued patience urged

Michelin’s option on property at Oconee’s Golden Corner Commerce Park runs through the rest of the year. There is still no word on whether the manufacturer will locate a distribution center there. But yesterday the county’s chief recruiter of economic development urged continued patience. Appearing before a county committee, Richard Blackwell said, “Good things come to those that wait.”

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Last day to file an application

Today is the last day to make application to become Walhalla’s next director public works. James Moore, after 25 years with the city, retires June 30. By yesterday morning, City Administrator Nancy Goehle said four applicants had filed. Those applications are to be referred to a city council committee for review.

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Clemson utility line work next week

Clemson will undertake upgrades to drinking water and sanitary sewer utilities next week in the city’s historic Calhoun District. The work begins Tuesday and will take until the end of next month. If possible, drivers are advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes. Affected streets are Calhoun Street, from Pickens Street to Boggs Street, and Clemson Street, from […]

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Excessive heat causes trouble on I-85

The searing heat was the culprit yesterday for for problems with a pair of Interstate-85 bridges in Oconee County. Crews from the South Carolina DOT Maintenance Shop at Richland were sent yesterday to start emergency repairs on the northbound side of 85 to the bridges crossing Fair Play Creek. A state contractor is in the process of replacing bridge joints […]

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Admissions counselor killed in church shootings

As the world mourns for the nine victims in the Charleston church shootings, Southern Wesleyan University in Central mourns the lost of one of its employees and alumna. DePayne Doctor, admissions coordinator at Southern Wesleyan’s Charleston learning center, was in the Emmanuel AME Church and was among the shooting victims. University President Todd Voss was shocked to hear the news. […]

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Upper 130 re-opens to thru traffic

A late morning accident wound up blocking part of SC 130 north of Salem for about two and a half hours.  Two people were reported hurt in the accident at 130 and Gunn’s Way at 11 a-m.  96.3/WGOG NEWS learned that one of the two vehicles involved was a dump truck.  By 1:30 the police and the state patrol were […]

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Sheriff predicts taxpayers money to be saved

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says there is taxpayers’ money to be saved thru a deal approved this week to allow a Tennessee-based company to provide inmate health care at the new Detention Center. State law requires Oconee County to provide medical care for those who are incarcerated. Oconee County Council awarded a contract worth nearly $255 thousand to Southern Health Partners […]

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Solving the sewer needs of I-85 and Fair Play

Oconee has finished a 13-mile sewer line between the county’s treatment plant at Seneca and its Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play. But Richard Blackwell says if it were to be even more ambitious, it could solve all other Fair Play and nearby I-85 sewer needs with $11.8 million. That’s the estimate for connecting the heart of Fair Play […]

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Have fun swimming, but remember safety

In his code enforcement job with Walhalla, James Ashton insists on compliance. But as the County Seat recorded three straight days of 96 degrees, Ashton is also concerned about swimming safety. He hopes everyone has fun frolicking in the water, but remember never swim unattended. When a swimmer gets a cramp, drownings occur in water in which the swimmer can […]

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A 25-year Walhalla career

Walhalla’s James Moore supervised the cutting down of the city’s Bradford Pear trees, but he’s not going to be around to see Streetscape in its final form. The long time director of Walhalla Public Works, James Moore, is retiring, effective June 30. Moore is considered an institution in Walhalla government. City Administrator Nancy Goehle says Moore joined the city June […]

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