Sam Dickson to chair the new Oconee Chamber of Commerce

A Westminster man, Sam Dickson, will serve as board chairman of the newly-organized Greater Oconee Chamber of Commerce.  In the meantime, efforts are being focused on hiring an executive director.  For at least the first year, Dickson will chair the 11-member board, which features equal representation from the county’s three largest municipalities:  Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster.

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Three I-85 accidents

In a one-hour window this afternoon, three accidents were reported on I-85 in Oconee County.  According to the state patrol, two occurred at the four-mile marker and the third at the two-mile mark.  Injuries were reported in one accident.  All occurred between 12:20 and 1:14 pm.

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Greg Brock

Westminster – Steven Gregory Brock, 50, of Brock Rd., passed away, Thursday, September 1, 2016. A funeral service will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 3 -4 pm, Saturday, prior to the service, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at First Baptist Church Cemetery. […]

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Florence Fostine Bates Norton

Walhalla, SC— Florence Bates Norton, 86, wife of the late Bill Norton, of Walhalla, passed away peacefully at her home on September 1, 2016, surrounded by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, GHS Cottingham Hospice House, Attn: Foundation […]

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Gerald K. Rackley

Seneca, SC— Gerald K. Rackley, 68, husband of Donna Long Rackley for 45 years, of Seneca, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:00 PM, prior to the service, Sunday, at Davenport Funeral Home. In […]

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Three Apple Queens crowned

Miss SC Apple Festival

Blonde-haired Savanna Kelley (left in picture) wears the crown of Miss South Carolina Apple Festival to celebrate this year’s apple crop.  The pageant took place last weekend at West-Oak High School, but the events for the 55th Apple Festival won’t start in earnest until next week. Other title winners were Madison Addington, Teen Miss Apple Festival (right); and Ann Jones […]

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Oconee murder suspect arrested in Georgia

RL Webb

The man wanted by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office in yesterday’s homicide case was taken into custody early last night in northeast Georgia, where he had checked into a motel.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is grateful to law enforcement in Georgia, as well as to those who telephoned tips as to the possible whereabouts of R-L Webb (left).  Oconee investigators obtained a […]

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Poultry truck accident

An overturned poultry truck accident has blocked a section of the main highway between Westminster and the Georgia line.  State troopers say the accident at 123/the Toccoa Highway at Hopewell Church Road shortly before 5 this morning resulted in injuries.  The injured has been identified to 101.7/WGOG NEWS as the chicken truck driver.

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