Norman Dukes to beat the pavement one more time

Norman Dukes, who retires this year as a school resource officer, leaves today on what will be his final walk to benefit the schools of Tamassee-Salem.  He has chosen Tamassee-Salem Elementary to benefit from the money he collects as pledges toward what he says will be a walk touching on historic events.  Dukes leaves from the school today on his […]

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Absentee voting announcement

The office of the state Election Commission made this announcement today regarding those voting absentee in the Republicans’ Presidential primary:  “An online media report in the Columbia market this morning incorrectly stated that voters could return their absentee ballots to their polling places.  This is not true.  Voters must return absentee ballots to the county elections office by 7:00 p.m. […]

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Hart to make new run at Oconee County Council

A land surveyor near Seneca will make a new run this year for a seat on the Oconee County Council.  Glenn Hart, resident of Friendship community, says he will be a Republican candidate for Seat 5, Oconee County Council when candidate qualifying opens next month.  Hart said he’d like a seat on the policy making board of county government for […]

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West-Oak teacher lauded for rare achievement

A deaf/hard of hearing teacher at West-Oak High School earned his National Board Certification, a rare achievement in Kyle Keasler’s specific area of special needs.  Keasler says, “I know what it means to succeed as a deaf man in the hearing world.”  He chose teaching because he wanted to offer students a strong, male role model.  Only about 40% of […]

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Forest land prescribed burn today!

For the eventual benefit of wildlife and tree and plant re-generation, the U-S Forest Service has set a large prescribed burn today in the Long Creek Community of Oconee County.  The plan is to start the burn at 10 o’clock this morning.  According to a spokesman for the Forest Service, the forecast indicates that wind currents will push the smoke […]

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Finding different tree for the medians

Those miniature yellow flags in the set aside dirt areas along the path of Walhalla Streetscape mark the locations for the trees that are to be planted to provide shade and better aesthetics for all the new sidewalk concrete and Main Street asphalt.  But the president of Partners for Progress says the state DOT has reservations about the choice of […]

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Westminster man arrested in Georgia-based drug case

Oconee Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 36-year old Westminster man, as part of the Stephens County, Georgia-based drug case announced Wednesday by the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office in Cleveland, Georgia.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identified Mario Demetric Stowers as having been charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Sheriff Crenshaw said […]

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Westminster makes code enforcement change

The Westminster mayor confirms talk this afternoon that Tamy Sanford is no longer code enforcement officer for his city.  Mayor Brian Ramey says the change was handled by Jeff Lord, city administrator, and the mayor referred 101/7/WGOG NEWS to the city administrator for further details. Lord said, “Ms. Sanford’s last day with the City was last Wednesday the 10th.  The […]

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The David Wagner campaign underway

The long-time deputy solicitor in Oconee County, David Wagner, promised today if he is elected Solicitor of the 10th Circuit “justice will be served.”  Wagner, an Anderson County resident who has worked in the Oconee Solicitor’s Office since 2005, told a large crowd of well wishers today he’s going to make the prosecution of domestic violence cases a top priority.  […]

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