Progress made in fire probe near Salem

April 29, 2014

Progress is reported in the investigation of a fire last week near Salem, inside the home development Cliffs at Keowee Falls. Joe Nichols, Salem Fire Marshal, says he will make an announcement, probably tomorrow. The fire damaged the porch at a home on Edgewater Point and about one-half acre of woodland. At the time, Nichols…

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“Substantial gas leak” precedes Fair Play fire

April 29, 2014

Oconee County Fire Marshal Shane Gibbs says his concerns and thoughts today are with the Fair Play restaurant waitress burned during yesterday morning’s fire. The waitress, identified as Brittany Alewine, was taken to be treated at the regional burn center near Augusta, Georgia. It was an explosive fire preceded by what Gibbs termed a substantial…

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Smoke scare in Westminster home

April 29, 2014

A smoke scare this morning at a Westminster home. At first indication, there was a fire at 309 Lakeside Drive, near the former Beacon Manufacturing plant. But Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said it turned out to be smoke from debris around a light bulb. No fire resulted and everyone inside 309…

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End for coal-fired generation could hike rates

April 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative leaders are warning of a potential end for new coal-fired generating facilities in the country. And potentially that bodes badly for Blue Ridge’s ratepayers. If a certain scenario comes to be, Blue Ridge general manager Charles Dalton predicts, co-op customers could see their bills rise by 53%. The EPA has become…

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Lights go out in Walhalla!

April 29, 2014

A dark night for Walhalla. Homes and businesses served by Duke Energy lost electric power service at 9:30 last night and remained without until 5 this morning. Neighborhoods were affected, so was the Oconee Law Enforcement Center.

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Sizeable financial loss at OMC

April 29, 2014

Another poor month for the bottom line at the Oconee Medical Center. The hospital’s board of directors last night accepted without comment reports of hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses above revenue. The March loss of $636,258 was chalked off to an ongoing decline in the number of patients spending the night in the…

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Calendar

  • September 22, 2014 6:00 pmBrasstown Baptist Church's Revival
  • September 23, 2014 9:00 amSafe Harbor Invitational Golf Tournament
  • September 23, 2014 11:00 amLeague of Women Voters of the Clemson Area National Voter Registration Day
  • September 25, 2014 3:00 pmTHORback Thursday
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