Apply for Oconee “ATAX” funds

Up to $30 thousand dollars generated by Oconee accommodations taxes is available to the applicants who can meet the county’s criteria.  The county Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission is accepting applications until 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, February 15.  Those interested may request an ATAX application guide by calling 888-1488 or online at oconeesc.com.  The commission will vote to recommend grants […]

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Donald Harold Weekes

Mountain Rest – Donald Harold Weekes died peacefully in his sleep at his son’s home on Wednesday, January 25, 2016, after living 90 years. No services will be offered, but condolences are welcomed at the home of Donald A. Weekes in Walhalla, SC.  Davenport Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Employee training for new plant

An agreement is in place to train workers at a new manufacturing operation in Stephens County, Georgia.  WNEG Radio reports the agreement to train workers at NIFCO KTW in the Hayestone-Brady Business Park on Georgia 17 is made possible by a Georgia economic development program that provides customized workforce development training at no cost to qualified, new, expanding, and existing […]

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Holly Springs to be Oconee’s next fire department

A small, rural community between Long Creek and Westminster is organizing its own volunteer fire department.  Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, this week announced Holly Springs is next in line to join the countywide system of rural fire protection.  The community is home to a fire substation.  King said this morning, “Members of the Long Creek and Cleveland stations began […]

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Chainsaws stolen Saturday, arrest made Tuesday

Chainsaws were stolen Saturday evening near Walhalla, and the Sheriff’s Office made an arrest three days later.  Arrest warrants charge Rodney Lee Camp with third degree burglary, grand larceny, and malicious injury to personal property.  A deputy investigated the theft Saturday of several chainsaws from a building on Nectarine Circle and damage to the building during the burglary.  

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Oconeean arrested in stolen car investigation

A 37-year old Oconee man has been arrested in a one-month investigation of a stolen car near Seneca.  The Sheriff’s Office has announced the charge of possessing a stolen vehicle has been placed against Earles Grove resident Matthew Flint Patterson (right).  Patterson was arrested Tuesday.  The investigation started when a resident of the Martin Creek Road returned home from hunting […]

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Hospital officials address department store urmor

At least for now, officials of Oconee Memorial Hospital are shooting down a rumor that acreage on hospital grounds is being made available for a department store.  The rumor that reached 101.7/WGOG NEWS this week was a department store would build on 12 hospital acres.  But Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Memorial campus of GHS, said, “We’re looking at […]

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Home invasion at Townville

An early morning home invasion was reported today in Townville, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office says there are two suspects—both of whom wore bandanas and kicked the door in.  The crime was reported on Peachtree Lane where, at gunpoint, cash and electronic items were stolen.  The victim believes the robbers were in a red car.  No one was hurt in […]

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