Burning bans in place

Because of the extreme dry conditions, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has issued a burning ban on the 33,000-acre Jocassee Gorges area in northern Oconee and Pickens counties.  Firefighters from the S.C. Forestry Commission, area volunteer fire departments and the Clemson Experimental Forest dealt yesterday with a wildfire on Pinnacle Mountain near Table Rock State Park in northern Pickens. […]

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Christmas to arrive early in Salem

Christmas will reach the Oconee town of Salem early next month with the staging of the town’s annual parade.  The Town of Salem at 944-2819 is accepting entries for the 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 4 parade.  This year’s parade will follow the theme of Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward man.  Parade […]

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Wildfire closed part of highway 28

By 8 o’clock last night, fire fighters were still trying to stop a fire that forced the closing of part of highway 28 in Rabun County, Georgia—the main road between Walhalla and Highlands.  According to Sky 104 Clayton, the closed part of 28 ran from the Warwoman Road area to Pine Mountain and Kelley Ridge.  Before sunset, two helicopters were […]

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Graham reacts to Clinton’s concession speech

A concession speech today by Hillary Clinton is being called by Senator Lindsey Graham appropriate in tone and substance. “She should be congratulated on doing her part to bring about healing of our nation and setting the right tone in terms of working with President-elect Trump. All Americans should follow her counsel and try to work with our next President. […]

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Verbal dispute escalates to altercation

  A verbal disagreement escalated into a stabbing this week near Seneca, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office is still investigating what happened Monday afternoon on Humbert Street in Utica.  Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said, “The victim was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.    

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Asbestos removal crews bound for Seneca property

Workers from an environmental service company are believed to be at Seneca’s Kellett property today, for the start of the removal of asbestos materials discovered there.  101.7/WGOG NEWS has been told that Greg Dietterick, city administrator, is planning to make an announcement about the asbestos removal work there. At a council meeting last month, nearby residents were told that that […]

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Policymakers sought for Oconee public libraries

If you have some thoughts on the role of public libraries in 21st century Oconee County, you are welcome to consider joining the county’s board of library trustees.  Three board vacanices are anticipated in 2017.  And if you are interested in serving one of the four-year terms, you can find out more information on the OCPL website: http://www.oconeelibrary.org.  

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