An admission of guilt

A young man pleaded guilty today in the Oconee General Sessions Court to murder and other charges.  Judge Letitia Verdin accepted the plea entered by James William Toward, but an explanation of the facts involved and the sentencing were deferred until Wednesday.  Toward is now the second person to have pleaded guilty in the January 2014 shooting death in Utica […]

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Candidates to debate

All of the candidates in the contests this year for sheriff in both Anderson and Pickens counties will participate in debates next week at two of Tri-County Technical College’s community campuses.  Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark and challenger Tim Morgan will participate in the Pickens County debate set for Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at the College’s Easley campus […]

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African bees destroyed in Charleston

A colony of Africanized honey bees has been destroyed in Charleston County.  Those bees were the first of their type to be found in South Carolina in 15 years.  The Department of Plant Industry of Clemson University discovered the Africanized honey bees in a routine survey.  That survey is part of the agency’s charge to protect state beekeepers and the […]

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Rotary scholars awarded today at Walhalla High

Walhalla Rotary Club will present its annual Rotary scholars during a program today at the high school.  In line for awards are students in grades seven through 12.  The following seniors are 2016 Rotary scholars:  Harper Abbott, Hannah Addis, Taylor Anderson, Victoria Badura, Hannah Kisker, Anna Nicholson, and Ben Pusey. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Overnight public safety activity

State troopers report an accident this morning near Salem.  They report injuries in an accident shortly after 5 this morning on the Choehee Valley Road at Davis Road.  A large fire, apparently a woods fire, broke out late last night on the Pickens County side of Lake Keowee. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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A “last pass-thru” at Salem

Alumni and others are getting their last chance this afternoon to walk the hallways of the one remaining public school in downtown Salem.  It’s only a matter of days before the Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School closes for good and looks to the future as a charter school.  Today’s event, arranged by the Oconee School District, is not just a chance to […]

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Two EPA grants in Pickens County

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the selection of 5 new grant investments totaling $2,147,000 to 5 communities in South Carolina, two which are in Pickens County. Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 – $820,000 in funding toward EPA cooperative agreements. The Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grants target communities that are underserved and economically disadvantaged, including […]

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West Union accident UPDATE

For a short time late this morning, one lane of SC 11 was blocked by a two-car accident. The accident occurred where traffic enters 11 from the Ingle’s side of the highway.  According to information received by 101.7/WGOG NEWS, the accident involved two cars but no serious injuries resulted. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Inmates scoop up litter

Under the direction of sheriff’s officer Brandon Meadows, Oconee prisoners have been cleaning dump sites and picking up litter across the county.  More than one thousand pounds of litters were removed from dump sites and 27 bags of trash were taken from from a stretch of highway 28 from near the Walhalla city limit to the Poplar Springs Bridge.  The […]

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Humane Society fundraiser next week

The guests who have tickets to a Keowee Key luncheon next week are going to hear from an author about the book published this month.  Karen White, author of “Flight Patterns,” will speak during Wednesday’s fundraising luncheon at the activity center at the Keowee Country Club.  The book has been described as a tale about family relationships and their secrets, […]

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