For FOCUS Broadband, more patience needed

For those with a hankering to acquire high-speed Internet service, a little more patience will be required, according to the Oconee County administrator. The deadline came this week for a new request-for-proposals to provide services for the project. Scott Moulder, county administrator, said from the start the Broadband FOCUS work was projected as a three-year project—dating from that summer 2010 […]

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Career change for former Sheriff’s officer

A former Oconee Sheriff’s officer has traded his badge for a career in the real estate world. Steve Jenkins, who served as Captain during the Sheriff’s administration of James Singleton, has become a licensed realtor and has joined the ERA Kennedy Real Estate Group at Seneca. The announcement was made to 96.3/WGOG NEWS by Parker Stuart, broker-in-charge of ERA Kennedy […]

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Home heavily damaged

Investigators have started to try to determine the why and the where about this morning’s fire in western Oconee County that heavily damaged the living quarters of an old farmhouse. The fire, at 928 Cleveland Pike Road, apparently was reported by a passerby. And that alert prompted a response from the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department, as well as other Oconee […]

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Country Showdown tomorrow night!

Just who is the next Garth Brooks or Miranda Lambert? That person just might be one of the performers tomorrow night in Seneca, when 96.3/WGOG stages its annual Texaco Country Showdown. The show starts at 7 in the Gignilliat Community Center. Each year more than 50 thousand contestants compete in local, state and regional live shows. Winners advance to the […]

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Catholic Church meets Walhalla BZA

Plans by Walhalla’s St. Francis Catholic Church to add a bathroom are headed for a public hearing to be held by the city Board of Zoning Appeals. On behalf of St. Joseph Construction Company, Tom Kriese seeks a special exception to allow the addition less than 50 feet from the property line at 103 W. Mauldin Street. The hearing takes […]

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Jobless claims on the rise!

Jobless claims increased in June in both Oconee County and South Carolina. The statewide increase was reported slight by the Department of Employment and Workforce. Oconee County, however, saw a full one percentage point increase in the numbers of those filing new claims. The Oconee rate rose from 8.3% in May to 9.3% in June. Oconee’s rate remained about the […]

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Crash fatal to motorcycle passenger

A Pickens County crash took the life yesterday of a motorcycle passenger. Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the deceased as a 30-year old Six Mile woman, Sylvia Crain. According to the coroner, Crain was not wearing a helmet. State trooper Brent Kelley reported the accident on 133 involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle and occurred when the motorcycle approached a […]

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Home fire in the Cleveland Community

Fire has broken out in a home in the Cleveland Community near the Georgia line. Rural Fire Control reports “a working fire” at 928 Cleveland Pike Road. The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the first call at 5:05 this morning. Several other fire stations are providing aid, including at least one from nearby Stephens County, Georgia.  

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Maryland woman speaks for her jailed sister

A sister of an Oconee County woman jailed in Idaho says she wants the public to know that her sister is a loving mother. Maryland resident Kathy DeAngelis called 96.3/WGOG NEWS and asked if she could put in a good word for Laverne Bennett, the sister now held in a jail in Cour d’ Alene, Idaho. “Laverne is a wonderful […]

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Heavy fire damage on Elizabeth Street

Fire fighters put a stop to a West Union home fire this morning on Elizabeth Street—behind the former Dairy Queen and not far from the Walhalla city limit. Capt. Mark Hollifield said an investigation as to the cause of that fire is underway. At the time, no one was in that trailer home. According to Hollifield, a hydrant across West […]

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