Fire destroys Fair Play home

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  What’s believed to have been an accidental fire destroyed a family home yesterday afternoon in Fair Play.  Nearly 25 fire fighters needed 25 minutes to put a stop to the fire on the Wilderness Road.  No one hurt, but the family dog perished in the fire. While the fire burned, ammunition went off inside the home, but county Fire […]

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Case heads to the jury

At mid afternoon today, the judge had begun to instruct an Oconee jury in the law as it applies to an alleged drug case on I-85.  On trial is an Atlanta man who was charged in 2013 with trafficking in cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Defendant Anousack Thanonglit had admitted to a trooper that the car he […]

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Michelin to let option expire

There’s word this afternoon that the once-extended Golden Corner Commerce Park option held by Michelin has expired.  In an interview with 101.7/WGOG NEWS, County Administrator Scott Moulder said the option expired yesterday.  According to Moulder, the county had told the corporation that it would not be willing to extend the lease a second time and Michelin responded by saying it […]

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High winds topple trees and snap limbs statewide

Crews from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) have responded to more than 650 reports of fallen trees and tree limbs since Wednesday afternoon statewide due to high winds. Many SCDOT employees worked through the night Wednesday and continue to respond to calls today, clearing debris from roadways. High winds have also damaged or destroyed more than a half […]

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Restaurant burglary near Seneca

A restaurant burglary near Seneca netted the thief or thieves $200 dollars cash.  The intruders during the night at the Plentiful Platter on the Friendship Road apparently weren’t hungry.  They left the food alone.  Oconee sheriff’s officers are investigating.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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More state troopers testify

The jury in Oconee General Sessions Court heard more testimony from state troopers in the trial in which an Atlanta man is charged with drug offenses on I-85.  One prosecution witness this morning, Corp. Rodney Frick, answered questions about how state headquarters in Columbia handled evidence in the case and how it went about testing white powder and green leafy […]

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Did a tornado touch down in Brasstown?

Oconee Emergency Services quotes the National Weather Service at Greenville as saying there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes touching down yesterday in Oconee County. One area where it was thought there might have been a tornado was rural Brasstown Community next to Long Creek.  But an emergency services official said he believes the trees that fell were the result […]

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An Oconee preference for Clinton

Of candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Oconee’s Democratic Party leader says there is excitement about both of them.  But Paulette Keffas Chassin, the interim party chairwoman, said she’s sensing there may be more of a preference for Clinton.  Saturday’s vote across Oconee will determine if her hunch proves correct. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Four Democrats on the ballot Saturday

For those who will fill out a Democratic ballot Saturday, there are four choices:  Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Willie Wilson.  The office of Oconee Elections and Registration reminds voters that you can vote Saturday if you are a registered voter so long as you did not vote in last Saturday’s Republican primary. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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All known outages are no more!

After a day of high wind gusts, tornado warnings and periodic heavy rain, the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative reports crews have restored power to all customers. The manager of operations, Sam McMillan, says there were 14 broken poles across the system.  Throughout the day and night more than 5,500 members were affected.  But, by this morning, no outages were reported.  Parts […]

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