Was that a coyote or a mountain lion?

Forty years ago coyotes were illegally introduced into South Carolina.  Today their numbers are sufficient enough that they have been killing the state’s official animal—the white-tailed deer.  A DNR wildlife biologist will speak Thursday in Oconee County in a forum sponsored by FOLKS—Friend of Lake Keowee.  The public is invited at 6:30 to the World of Energy.  Refreshments will be […]

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Medical cannabis (marijuana) legislation

The Oconee-Pickens state senator occupied a seat last week during a subcommittee meeting of his chamber’s medical affairs committee.  There, they talked about S. 212—a bill for comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.  For his part, Walhalla’s Thomas Alexander opposes expanding the use of cannabis, also known as marijuana, for medical use provided a patient’s doctor recommends it.  But he concedes the […]

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DOT outlines three Oconee road projects

Work has already begun on one of three spring and summer road projects for which the DOT has selected contractors.  One of those projects will cover Old Salem Road, N. Little River Road, and Earlestead Drive.  Josh Makison, resident construction engineer, also says the Rogers Group/Ashmore Brothers has been contracted for several Seneca area jobs.  One of them on Shiloh […]

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Vote scheduled to change school calendar

At their meeting, Oconee school trustees are scheduled to vote on whether to move the start day for 2017-18 classes forward three days this summer—to avoid the total eclipse of the sun.  They also are to discuss a controversial reduction-in-force action that would strip the district of mental health counselors.  The board meets at 6 tonight at district headquarters in […]

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Weekend police chases

  One person was reported in custody as law enforcement officers chased a vehicle last night in the Westminster area.  Police Chief Dean Awalt called it a small, low-speed chase of speeds approximating 40 miles an hour, as officers pursued a suspected driving under suspension violator 101.7/WGOG NEWS also received word of a Sunday morning chase northbound on I-85 from […]

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The mysterious Holsonback death 20 years later

Monday will be the 20th year since the body of a Clemson student was found floating in Lake Hartwell.  The homicide of Brooke Holsonback has remained one of the oddest and, perhaps, perplexing Oconee County cold cases.  There is a task force dedicated to identifying and catching who was responsible for her death.  The Clemson freshman from Prosperity was last […]

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Upbeat message sounded at “State of Oconee”

  Whether it was someone such as Ken Sloan or Richard Blackwell, the message to the large crowd today in Westminster was that Oconee County is a swell place to be and, in times ahead, is likely to be an even better place.  The “State of Oconee” luncheon proceeded without its original keynote speaker, Governor Henry McMaster.  Filling in, State […]

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Whitmire expects pension fix to be costly

An Oconee state lawmaker predicts the cost to meet the constitutionally-required obligations of the state’s retirees will be painful to those who will foot the bill—current employees and employers.  Rep. Bill Whitmire, Walhalla Republican, gave the Rotary Club this week a preview of how it’s going to take the state 10 years to remedy what took 20 years to get […]

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