Charter school to expand to Salem

  A new type of school is headed to the small Oconee town of Salem.  A representative of the Next High School at Greenville contacted reporters late yesterday afternoon to say that the Greenville-based charter school is in the process of acquiring state approval to expand to Salem—where town officials are rolling out a welcome mat.  The plan is to […]

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Sex assault alleged in Oconee

A Dorchester County man is under arrest in Oconee County, charged with criminal sexual conduct first degree.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identified Stokes Avinger Brownlee of St. George as the man arrested yesterday after a deputy was sent to the Clemson Police Department. The affidavit to the arrest warrant alleges the crime occurred on Dubose Circle at the social fraternity […]

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NOT a new lawsuit after all!

Earlier this afternoon 101.7/WGOG NEWS reported a second lawsuit was filed today in the Court of Common Pleas at Walhalla involving the Hammonds and Seneca.  In fact, as explained by sources, this is not a new lawsuit at all.  Rather it is a formal procedure that is to lead to a judge officially declaring an end to the previous lawsuit […]

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Land swap gives City Hall chance to expand

A swap of land will enable Walhalla to expand its City Hall property.  And it could mean enough additional space on N. Church Street to allow City Hall to open a drive-thru window to allow customers to pay bills.  Mayor Edwards says final action on the land swap was approved last night by the city council.  This summer at the […]

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Triathlon competition this weekend

Clemson plays host this weekend to the largest field of collegiate tri-athletes for this year’s Triathlon championships.  A field of 1,350 college athletes competes Friday and Saturday at Clemson’s Campus Beach.  Race action starts 10 o’clock Friday morning with a 750-meter swim, 19.6-kilometer biking, and a 5-kilometer run.  The collegiate women race first, followed by the men at noon.  Ken […]

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New phase of trial alleging defective town homes

A second phase of a lawsuit alleging construction defects at a Lake Keowee townhouse project opens in Walhalla next month during a term of the Oconee Common Pleas Court.  The Hon. Scott Sprouse will hold the gavel starting May 2 over what’s considered to be a complex case that places Stoneledge townhouse owners against construction and related companies.  An earlier […]

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Long social service career to end June 30

For 16 years, David McCutcheon has served as the chief professional officer of the Oconee United Way.  But McCutcheon’s long career in social service work will end with retirement on June 30.  He has held the job since 2000.  McCutcheon’s work with the United Way started part time in 1992 as a crisis center worker.  About his retirement, McCutcheon said, […]

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Special fund to address hardship cases

  A committee of citizens in Westminster has succeeded in creating a special fund to help those who are pressed to pay their electric power bills.  After hearing Teresa Bryson, representing the citizen-formed utility committee, the mayor and council gave their blessing to a roundup fund, provided any legal concerns are satisfied by their attorney.  The city’s electric power customers […]

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No social media policy for Westminster

The mayor in Westminster said the predicament faced by the Oconee Probate Judge is fodder for the city council to consider a social media policy for the city.  But last night the city council was split and the idea was rejected in a 4 to 3 vote.  Mayor Brian Ramey said he’s also influenced to consider governing what someone affiliated […]

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