Elizabeth Paige Fratus

Simpsonville, SC— Elizabeth Paige Fratus, 30, wife of Edward Fratus, of 10 Capewood Road, Simpsonville, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, in Asheville, NC. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity […]

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Canvassers examine questioned ballots

Oconee’s board canvassers waded this morning through stacks of privisional votes from this week’s General Election.  It’s a necessary step before county election officials certify the results. One complication arose because several Oconee voters on Tuesday had actually been purged from voting rolls for having failed to vote in two previous General Elections.  A smaller pile of provisional votes were […]

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Clemson graduate promoted to four-star general

1984 Clemson graduate John “Jay” Raymond has been promoted by the Air Force to the rank of four-star general.  That makes Raymond the highest ranking military officer to have graduated from any ROTC program at Clemson.  As the commander of Air Force Space Command, Raymond will oversee satellite launch capabilities and ensure friendly forces have access to the nation’s space […]

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Wishing Oconee well on a milestone

A committee of Oconeeans last night talked about who or what should take the lead when it comes to organizing a celebration of Oconee County’s 150th year.  The county will mark its sesquicentennial in 2018.  In a meeting at South Cove Park, the members of the county Arts and Historical Commission batted around a few ideas.  The group is likely […]

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Pinnacle Mountain fire UPDATE

  Here’s an update from the South Carolina Forestry Commission on the continuing Pinnacle Mountain fire near Table Rock State Park in Pickens County, as provided to 101.7/WGOG NEWS by Doug Wood, director of communications:  “Early this morning, the estimated size of the fire was 15-20 acres, but I was told at noon the fire had grown to at least […]

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Campfire ban and fire restrictions

The Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests have implemented a fire ban on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District located in the northwest corner of South Carolina beginning today through January 14, 2017. No campfires or burning will be allowed due to dry conditions. (Camp stoves are excluded from this restriction). The Fire Ban (means NO campfires or burning) district-wide on the Andrew […]

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Bridge deck repairs ahead on I-85

  The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to close one lane of a section of Interstate 85 southbound in Anderson County beginning Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, to repair a deteriorating bridge deck. While the bridge is safe for travel, the condition warrants repairs before it worsens or disrupts upcoming holiday traffic. The bridge deck spans a railroad located at mile […]

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New Solicitor to take office January 11

  Unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot, you can start calling David Wagner 10th Circuit Solicitor-elect once the ballots are certified in both Oconee and Anderson counties.  Wagner continues to work as the deputy solicitor in charge of the Oconee office, but he is envisioning the staff and the caseloads for which he will have overall responsibility.  As he alluded to during […]

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