Bus-truck accident near Seneca

As many as eight people are said to be undergoing medical treatment from a bus-truck accident near Seneca.  It happened late this morning on 123 and Carson Road and that wreck scene has forced traffic to detour.  One of the diversion routes is Seneca’s Lindsay Road.  Greg Dietterick, city administrator at the scene, said most of those being treated are […]

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Proclamation recognizes 50-year business

After 50 years, the Duncans are still going strong in their family machine and tool business near Westminster. Several members of the family were present during last night’s County Council meeting to receive an official proclamation. In a building along 123/the Sandifer Boulevard, Oconee Machine & Tool operates 12 thousand square feet with 16 employees. District Four Councilman Joel Thrift […]

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Oconee considers new piece of litigation

An executive session of the Oconee County Council broke up after more than one hour late last night, without action on a litigation matter that was added to the closed-door session. But, in its earlier open session, the council talked about joining a lawsuit in an attempt to recover lost Register of Deed fees. Those fees were lost when banks […]

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Utility increases survive final budget readings

Water and sewer rate increases have survived final budget readings in Seneca. The city council last night gave second and last reading to a 2015-16 utilities budget that is calculated on raising both water and sewer rates by five percent. Joel Seavey, clerk-treasurer, said the increases apply equally to inside and outside municipal customers and will show up on a […]

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Terms approved for Seneca-Borg Warner lease

Seneca leaders have agreed to terms with a member of the industrial community to occupy space in the city’s commerce park bordering the Utica Mill Village. During a meeting yesterday of the Seneca Facilities Corporation, agreement was given to a seven-year lease for Borg Warner Torq Transfer Systems to open an operation in the commerce park building, occupying 99 thousand […]

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Idea dropped for community relations council

When it comes to the workplace, Scott Moulder opposes discrimination. But the Oconee County administrator sees no upside to the idea of the county sponsoring a community relations council. A resolution to create such a council was removed from consideration last night, at the request of Councilman Paul Cain. That’s in spite of two requests over the last year from […]

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Oconee County pay raises, after all

Over the next 12 months Oconee County employees can look forward to pay increases after all. The County Council last night changed numbers in the new budget to reflect a $1,200 pay raise for each full time employee. The raises achieve council’s intent to ensure that employees making less than $30 thousand dollars, such as starting deputy sheriffs, receive the […]

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Council tries to achieve a balance

To many people music, soft or loud, is entertainment. To some, however, music is nothing but unwanted noise when you can hear it pound through your home from the outdoors. For much of last night, Oconee County Council deliberations were aimed at a compromise of people’s rights. The council gave second reading to amending the council’s noise regulations, but referred […]

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96.3/WGOG NEWS correction!

This Sunday there will be a re-dedication of the Walhalla Presbyterian Church, the church re-built from a destructive fire.  Sunday is the first chance for the Presbyterians to worship in their re-built sanctuary.  Saturday, August 1 has been set aside as the date for open house.

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Missing girl turns up OK

The surroundings at Walhalla’s Stumphouse Tunnel Park are a hiker’s delight, but not so this afternoon for a teenager. The girl became temporarily lost, but was discovered when she walked out of the woods on her own into the parking lot. Scott Krein, county director of emergency services, says the girl became disoriented, got a little tired, and hot but […]

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