Guilty pleas in Utica crime spree

A young Seneca area man had no previous criminal record.  But the guilty pleas that Donte Robert Bacon entered today in the General Sessions Court subject him to a potential sentence that would send him to prison for the rest of his life.  However, at the request of the prosecutor, the judge will defer sentencing for at least two months.  […]

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Increase to EMS cost

The addition of $25 thousand dollars to what Oconee County pays each year for the costs of  hospital-operated EMS ambulances apparently will survive in the new county budget that is to go into effect on July 1.  According to Scott Moulder, the county has been allocating $150 thousand dollars a year to help Oconee Memorial Hospital defray the costs of […]

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Duncan statement on terror threats

After a hearing yesterday in Washington, Congressman Jeff Duncan issued a statement on terror threats from border security.  The Third District Republican spoke after chairing a subcommittee hearing on “Potential Terrorist Threats:  Border Security Challenges in Latin America and the Carribean.”  Duncan worried about Western Hemisphere vulnerabilities, and these are his words, “with its porous borders, free-trade zones, and corruption […]

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Westminster getting a plan together

Mayor Brian Ramey of Westminster says his city is assembling a plan to move forward in the aftermath of the resignation of Jeff Lord, city administrator.  This morning Ramey said no action was taken after last night’s executive session.  He said, “Just getting a plan together and system for accepting resumes.”  Ramey also announced that the Cobb Bridge water line […]

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Moulder tells McCall that it’s going to cost

Scott Moulder commended Wayne McCall for the District Two councilman’s idea that calls for the county to amp up its efforts to recycle trash—as a way to lower the county’s costs for hauling waste to a Georgia landfill.  But creating the set up that’ll increase the amount of Oconee County solid waste that is recovered for a new use, at […]

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Oconee mulls tax increase

Tax increases are unheard of in election years.  Perhaps not in Oconee County.  The county council, meeting as the budget committee, agreed to entertain the idea of a 2-point-2 tax mill increase as a way to generate revenue to help the county administrator deliver a balanced budget.  At this point, the county is looking at a potential new budget calling […]

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Arvel Kenneth Nichols

Liberty, SC — Arvel Kenneth Nichols, 66, husband of Sybil Jean Morgan Nichols, of 414 Odell Road, Liberty, SC, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Mt. Carmel #2 Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence, […]

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Retreat Street Park groundbreaking and workday

The Leadership Oconee County Class of 2016 cordially invites everyone to the groundbreaking for the Retreat Street Park in Westminster.  The event will be 9 o’clock Saturday morning, April 9. The LOC class is required to complete a project that will positively impact Oconee County, and this year’s class has chosen to landscape and art sculpture at the green space […]

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Seven swimmers compete at regional meet

Seven swimmers from the Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team competed at the 2016 Upper Southeast Regional YMCA Championship Meet at the Middle Tyger YMCA in Spartanburg County March 18-20. Swimmers must meet a qualifying time standard to compete in the Upper Southeast Regional YMCA Championship Meet. Pickens County swimmers qualifying for and swimming at the Spartanburg meet included: Avery […]

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Seneca officials in Columbia for depositions

101.7/WGOG NEWS has learned that Seneca representatives have gone to Columbia today for deposition proceedings in the case of a lawsuit filed by the parents of the late Zachary Hammond.  City Attorney Michael Smith and City Administrator Greg Dietterick are among Seneca officials who have made the trip to the Capital city.  The deposition being taken is believed to be […]

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