Power supplier readies for the storm

The retail power supplier Blue Ridge Electric is getting ready today for the winter storm that is expected to arrive some time tomorrow.  Though there’s still uncertainty about what we’ll get and when, the cooperative’s Terry Ballenger says his crews are mindful about the potential consequences for ice on power lines.  If it’s as much as one-quarter of inch of […]

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Talks to lead to contract extension

  Walhalla’s agreement with its general Streetscape contractor expires tomorrow, but it appears it’s only a formality to grant Hutch ‘N Son an extension to finish the job.  Danny Hutchinson told 101.7/WGOG NEWS this morning his company will need until the end of March.  Extending the contract until March 31 is likely to be accomplished by administrative action at City […]

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Star Lab brings night sky down to earth

Fourth graders at Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary received a visit last month from Star Lab.  A portable, inflatable planetarium that can hold up to 25 students, Star Lab offered the students a projection unit with cylinders to view aspects of the night sky.  The students are studying the stars and the solar system.  Teacher Mark Fischer trained in using the […]

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Refugee vetting bill gets Scott’s support

A bill to enact a strong vetting process for any refugee population looking to enter the U-S has the support of Tim Scott, U-S senator of South Carolina.  Republican Scott yesterday registered his vote in favor of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015.  According to Scott’s office, the bill places a moratorium on refugees until the […]

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Hiking trails planned at Sassafras Mountain

The South Carolina DNR plans two new hiking trails at Pickens County’s Sassafras Mountain.  Public input, comments and guidance are invited during a meeting at 10 o’clock Monday morning, February 8 at the Clemson DNR office at 311 Natural Resources Drive.  One trail is to offer a view of Sassafras Falls on Abner Creek—about one-half mile below the summit of […]

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Fire death in Pickens

A fire death is reported in the City of Pickens.  The county coroner, Kandy Kelley, says the body of Kathleen Bagwell was found during the noon hour Tuesday at the back of her home at 314 Ann Street.  She was 81 years old.  The city and state police are investigating. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Complaint office opens at City Hall

An office for Westminster residents to register complaints about their city government is about to open at City Hall.  Mayor Brian Ramey announced yesterday that he and occasionally members of city council will occupy a small office for the purpose of hearing residents who come to City Hall with a gripe.  Ramey says the complaint office run by elected officials […]

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First wave of winter weather passes

Ol’ Man winter raised his ugly head yesterday, and we’re still feeling the effects today.  Because of ice on some mountain roads in the Long Creek, Mountain Rest, and Tamassee-Salem areas, Oconee public schools are on a two-hour delay for today.  Light snow fell at mid-afternoon yesterday and that led to the schools sending students home early.  Afternoon activities were […]

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