Studying the loons of Lake Jocassee

A few weeks ago a leading loon field researcher came to Lake Jocassee to lay the groundwork for an upcoming study. According to Mountain Lakes CVB, the international citizen science group, Earthwatch, next year will begin a 3-year loon research program at Jocassee.  Scientists want to study how the health and behavior of loons wintering in a pristine, uncontaminated winter […]

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PMPA group to press the flesh in Washington

A group representing Piedmont Municipal Power Agency makes its annual trek early next week to Washington, D-C.  Coleman Smoak, PMPA general manager, says this trip allows board members and others to catch up on various issues at the federal level that are important to the delivery of electric power to the 10 cities, including Westminster, who form the PMPA membership.  […]

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In excess of 100 thousand young people voted

An Oconee election observer last Saturday said he saw young people on their way by foot to one of the polling places.  And now a research and information center says more young voters cast votes in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential primary than the Democratic one.  That’s a first, according to an analysis by a non-partisan research center on youth engagement […]

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Good weather allowed asphalt paving

Good weather allowed workers to pour asphalt in Walhalla’s Streetscape project.  Today Hutch ‘n Son hopes to finish the ADA handicap domes, which will allow the re-opening of all sidewalks.  Temporary striping along the two newly-asphalted blocks is planned Thursday.  Meantime, motorists are asked to be careful.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Play area added at Tamassee-Salem Elementary

Children at Tamassee-Salem Elementary School are getting a concrete area for play at recess.  The work is a volunteer venture of workers from across the country who are affiliated with Decorative Concrete, and it’s a project coordinated by Oconee County resident Todd Scharich.  Other companies are assisting.  Scharich and the group last year worked on a daycare in inner city […]

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Evelyn Hightower McElhannon

Evelyn Louise Hightower McElhannon, 75, wife of the late Clifton James Holbrooks, of 509 Lynn Drive, West Union SC, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Richland Baptist Church with burial to follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens, Westminster, SC. The family will receive friends […]

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Ruth Ernestine Lowery Haney

Ruth Ernestine Lowery Haney, 69, wife of the late William Crayton Haney, of 130 Hammock Ridge Drive, Seneca, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Seneca Health and Rehabilitation. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends […]

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Kenneth Collins

  Kenneth Strother Collins, 46, husband of Tamatha Franklin Collins, 403 Dodge City Drive, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital.     No formal services will be held.     The family is at their respective homes.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Mary Helen Owens Peay

Mary Helen Owens Peay, 81, of 202 Fowler Road, Walhalla, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  The funeral will be 2 PM, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, prior to the service at Davenport […]

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