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25-degree night ahead, Red Cross urges caution

February 13, 2015

Our forecast calls for the temperature to fall to 25 degrees tonight, but that’s not going to be the worst of it in what is building to be a frigid weekend statewide. The American Red Cross reminds everyone to take precautions when heating their homes—-especially cautious when using space heaters. Heating sources are the second…

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Police to release picture of robber

February 13, 2015
Police to release picture of robber

From surveillance evidence the police have a picture of the man who robbed a convenience store this week in Walhalla. Chief Ronald Wilbanks says his department will ask the news media to display that picture in the hopes it will lead authorities to an arrest. So far, the robber is described as an African-American male.…

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Vandals destroy pool bathroom

February 13, 2015
Vandals destroy pool bathroom

Vandals destroyed the men’s bathroom at the Walhalla Swimming Pool. Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks estimates the damage between $7,500 and $8 thousand dollars. After the crime was reported yesterday by Recreation Director John Galbreath, the police discovered that the vandals broke into pool property by cutting a fence in the back. The police believe the…

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Search for kayaker to enter third day

February 13, 2015

A two-state search for a missing Lake Hartwell kayaker produced the kayak, but not the man, Brad Hamby. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, said the kayak, along with personal effects of the 64-year old West Union resident, was found on the Georgia side of the lake—near the bridge. Krein said, “Using ground searches…

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Statewide recognition for Oconee’s Jennifer Moss

February 12, 2015

Jennifer Moss, assistant curator and education specialist for the Oconee Heritage Center, has taken home another honor—-this one with statewide implications. The Pendleton District Hospitality Employee of the Year has now received the state’s Hospitality Employee of the Year for 2015. She represented the Oconee and Pendleton organizations in Myrtle Beach, at the 50th Governor’s…

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Want to get Charles Dalton’s blood boiling?

February 12, 2015

After his talk to the Oconee Economic Alliance, Charles Dalton invited questions. But he warned his audience that if asked about the Rule 111-D of the federal Clean Air Act, he’d be liable to not stop talking. The president/CEO of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, co-ops across the country, and co-op members are alarmed by…

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Missing man’s kayak found

February 12, 2015

The kayak of the man missing at Lake Hartwell has been found–on the Georgia side of the lake, according to Sheriff Mike Crenshaw of Oconee County.  Crenshaw says his office has offered searchers the services of its helicopter to search for the man still missing.  So far, he has been identified as 64 years old…

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New electric sub-stations to help grow south Oconee

February 12, 2015

New sub-stations constructed by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative are positioned to meet growth in southern Oconee—especially in the areas where the county believes there’s a good chance for economic development. Charles Dalton, Blue Ridge president/CEO, spoke this morning about the new Port Bass substation and new transmission lines near Fair Play and how they are…

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Prognosticator Billy Birdwell

February 12, 2015

If Billy Birdwell were a betting man, he would cast his lot on the side of a full pool of water in Lake Hartwell on Memorial Day—the official start of the recreation season. Birdwell, who works in corporate communications for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, says, “…it looks good—very good, in fact—-for reservoir levels…

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Westminster’s power supplier to vote on proposed rate hike

February 12, 2015

At a meeting one week from today, the board for Piedmont Municipal Power Agency will vote on whether to raise its wholesale rates to its member cities which include Westminster. The city of Westminster is represented by on the PMPA board by city administrator Jeff Lord and by Councilman Jimmy Powell, who serves as an…

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  • July 3, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • July 5, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
  • July 6, 2015 9:00 amWest-Oak Young Warriors Basketball Skills Camp
  • July 10, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
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