Fire ban still in effect!

Some government agencies have rescinded bans against outdoor burning, but not the U-S Forest Service’s Andrew Pickens Ranger District in Oconee County.  The fire ban there means no campfires or burning throughout the Andrew Pickens district.  The Forest Service requests that you keep in mind that while driving or parking in tall grass or weeds that fires can quickly be […]

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Beneficial rainfall totals

A three-day rain event has deposited 2 ½” of rain into Oconee County soils.  And weather observer Barbara Wilson of Walhalla says that’s exactly what the prognosticators had expected.  For the latest 24-hour period, Wilson measured a little more than ¾” of an inch.  Yesterday’s official Walhalla high temperature was 68 degrees; the Wednesday night-Thursday morning low came in at […]

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Governor’s Carolighting ceremony tonight

Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and the First Family kick off the holiday season tonight on the north steps of the Statehouse in Columbia, and the public is invited.  Family festivities start at 6 and the program at 7.  This year’s state tree is a 35-foot sheared Concolor Fir that comes from a Christmas tree farm  in Swanton, […]

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Two part time magistrate posts to be filled in Oconee

Oconee County is looking for two persons to work as part-time magistrate judges.  State Senator Thomas Alexander requests those interested to notify the Legislative Delegation Office at 864/638-4237 of their interest.  An application form will be mailed.  To be considered, applicants at the least must have a four-year baccalaureate degree, at least 21 years old, a U-S citizen, and a […]

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Tree lighting tomorrow in Westminster

The Westminster Christmas Parade is set to roll thru town at 6 o’clock tomorrow, and afterward the mayor says there will be a first time event to which everyone is invited.  Immediately after the parade, the city’s Christmas tree will be lighted in the Retreat Street Park.  Everyone is invited for the lighting, to hear carolers, to enjoy free hot […]

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$58.4 million spent in Oconee for 2015 tourism

  Tourism expenditures for Oconee County reached an all-time high of $58.4 million in 2015. The report was released recently by South Carolina Parks, Recreation & Tourism and is completed annually by the U.S. Travel Association. A summary of the report was released this afternoon by Oconee County. The report shows that tourism expenditures grew 3.94% from 2014 and that […]

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Special Seneca meeting

Seneca has announced a special meeting of city council tomorrow for a contract to accept the donation by Blue Ridge Bank of a lot and building at 416 E. Main Street.  The building was described to 101.7/WGOG NEWS as the former Global Graphics building. The meeting is set for 5:30 at City Hall.

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Donnie Ray McKern

Westminster – Donnie Ray McKern, 66, husband of Helen Westmoreland McKern, 724 Poplar Springs Road, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 11 am, Friday, December 2, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm, Thursday, […]

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Seneca mud runs a potential for personal injury liability

In a litigious environment, Seneca-sponsored mud runs are apt to become something of the past.  Mud runs test the runner’s physical endurance and, in the case of Seneca, have been staged as fundraisers for organizations, such as the Collins Children’s Home.  But the mayor and council are considering the city administrator’s recommendation that, because of the potential for personal injury […]

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