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Motorcyle mishap at Keowee Key

April 29, 2014

Wet roads in Keowee Key this morning apparently contributed to a motorcycle accident. On Port Track Drive, a motorcyclist lost control and he and the bike wound up in a ditch. His injuries—cuts and scapes—could have been a lot worse, in the estimation of Chief Richie Caudill of the Keowee Fire Department.

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Broadband project progress

April 29, 2014

Oconee County announces a partnership between Oconee FOCUS and one-half dozen ISPs—Internet Service Providers. The six providers are authorized to offer internet services to residents and businesses across Oconee County. They are Net Drs., M2P Net, Technology Solutions, Family View Cablevision, OneTone Telecom, and Golden Corner Internet Services. According to the county, negotiations continue with…

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Singletons displaced by home fire

April 29, 2014

Janice and retired Oconee Sheriff James Singleton have been displaced from their home near Seneca by a fire early last night that apparently had its origins with a yard bush set afire with gasoline to exterminate bees. The bush fire was extinguished, but it apparently re-ignited causing heavy damage to the Singletons’ double-wide mobile home…

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Court ruling favors the Pickens County assessor

April 29, 2014

A ruling by an administrative law court upholds an assessment applied to a Pickens County property sold at a foreclosure auction. The state Department of Revenue announces the court ruling favors the Pickens County tax assessor who argued that the fair market value of the property was $1.2 million based on comparable sales as of…

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Progress made in fire probe near Salem

April 29, 2014

Progress is reported in the investigation of a fire last week near Salem, inside the home development Cliffs at Keowee Falls. Joe Nichols, Salem Fire Marshal, says he will make an announcement, probably tomorrow. The fire damaged the porch at a home on Edgewater Point and about one-half acre of woodland. At the time, Nichols…

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“Substantial gas leak” precedes Fair Play fire

April 29, 2014

Oconee County Fire Marshal Shane Gibbs says his concerns and thoughts today are with the Fair Play restaurant waitress burned during yesterday morning’s fire. The waitress, identified as Brittany Alewine, was taken to be treated at the regional burn center near Augusta, Georgia. It was an explosive fire preceded by what Gibbs termed a substantial…

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Smoke scare in Westminster home

April 29, 2014

A smoke scare this morning at a Westminster home. At first indication, there was a fire at 309 Lakeside Drive, near the former Beacon Manufacturing plant. But Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said it turned out to be smoke from debris around a light bulb. No fire resulted and everyone inside 309…

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End for coal-fired generation could hike rates

April 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative leaders are warning of a potential end for new coal-fired generating facilities in the country. And potentially that bodes badly for Blue Ridge’s ratepayers. If a certain scenario comes to be, Blue Ridge general manager Charles Dalton predicts, co-op customers could see their bills rise by 53%. The EPA has become…

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Lights go out in Walhalla!

April 29, 2014

A dark night for Walhalla. Homes and businesses served by Duke Energy lost electric power service at 9:30 last night and remained without until 5 this morning. Neighborhoods were affected, so was the Oconee Law Enforcement Center.

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Sizeable financial loss at OMC

April 29, 2014

Another poor month for the bottom line at the Oconee Medical Center. The hospital’s board of directors last night accepted without comment reports of hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses above revenue. The March loss of $636,258 was chalked off to an ongoing decline in the number of patients spending the night in the…

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Calendar

  • August 29, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 31, 2014 3:00 pmThe Westminster United Methodist Church's Community Singing
  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 7, 2014 7:00 pmOconee County Baptist Camp Meeting Under the Tent
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