The social aspect of lake communities

A professional in the field of human study will speak tomorrow in Oconee about lake communities.  Dr. Mike Coggeshall, Professor of Anthropology at Clemson University, will talk about the social aspect of lake communities at 6:30 at Duke Energy’s World of Energy.  As part of the Oconee Public Library’s current series “Land Before The Water,” Coggeshall will discuss the social […]

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Seneca personnel moves

For the first time, Seneca’s top museum official has gone on the payroll of city government.  Joel Seavey, Clerk-Treasurer, has confirmed to 101.7/WGOG NEWS that Dr. John Martin was added to the city’s payroll as a part-time employee March 15.  Martin, the museum director/chief curator, previously donated his services for a period of about five years or longer.  In another […]

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Fire hydrant tests

Walhalla will test its fire hydrants during the month of May.  The tests will be carried out across the Walhalla water district from Monday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 31.  They may leave some discolored water for a short time.  But the city promises the water will be safe to drink.  Check the water before starting the laundry. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Special exception sought tonight

The developer for a proposed new Dollar General store in Oconee County has new plans.  And those plans are to be aired during a public hearing tonight in Walhalla.  A county official says the application for a pair of special exceptions this time proposes an alternate location—-on Ebenezer Road next to Yupper’s store and restaurant.  Late last year the county […]

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Arrest made in sex crime investigation

  A 53-year old man has been arrested in Seneca in an investigation that started with a claim by a 13-year old girl that she had been touched inappropriately and shown pornographic movies.  The police announced the arrest of Stephen Anthony Taylor of E. Crescent Drive, charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree and disseminating obscene material to […]

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Home intrusion near Seneca

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released a composite sketch this afternoon of a man whose identity investigators are seeking to establish to help solve a home invasion near Seneca.  The crime was reported April 16 on the Nebo Church Road near the Oconee Regional Airport after three males got into a home, two of whom were believed to have been […]

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Blue Ridge Electric adds 389 customers

The 389 customers that Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative added last year were the most since the Great Recession year of 2008.  And Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger told media representatives that the electric power retailer has detected an appreciable increase in new industry which is considered important to Blue Ridge because it helps stabilize retail charges.  Some of that new industry […]

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Fire toll heavy at Chickasaw Point home

The toll is heavy from a home fire early today at a Lake Hartwell home development in Oconee County.  Shane Gibbs, Fire Marshal for Oconee, said a man and his wife were sent to the hospital—apparent broken bones among the woman’s injuries.  Investigators are proceeding with the theory that “a low level explosion” ignited the fire at the Chickasaw Point […]

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Destination Oconee Action Committee organizes

  Oconee County’s ramped up effort to attract more visitors arrived last night with the organizational meeting of the new Destination Oconee Action Committee.  Five the committee’s seven members attended and were led thru the agenda by Janet Hartman, whom the county has hired to manage the effort.  Attending were committee members Jennifer Barnhart, Luther Lyle, Katie Smith, David Washburn, […]

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