Fire renders Whitewater Falls access unsafe

The after effects of a suspicious wildfire have created off limits for those who hike and enjoy the scenery at two of the area’s most popular attractions.  Whitewater Falls and the Foothills Trail that connects to the falls on the Nantahala Ranger District is expected to remain closed for some time, according to an announcement by the U-S Forest Service.  […]

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Former Oakway school burglarized

Three boys are in trouble with the law as the result of burglary Friday night at the former Oakway school.  The Sheriff’s Office this afternoon announced that the boys have been referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  They are 14, 15 and 16.  A deputy discovered damage inside the school, which included a piece of furniture inside the gym, […]

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Multiple charges against Anderson man

Oconee Sheriff’s Office announced multiple charges today against a driver whose vehicle was pursued early Saturday from highway 11 to Westminster.  The charges against Clinton Trey Whitworth (left) originated after a deputy saw a car with no tail lights leaving a s. highway 11 business near Walhalla.  At Cornelia Avenue and the Long Creek Highway, the 30-year old Whitworth was […]

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Church Folk exhibit centers on African-American experience

“You can’t talk about the African-American experience without first starting in the church,” says Shelby Henderson about the Church Folk exhibit on display at the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum in Seneca.  Henderson, the museum manager, says the exhibit details church life and importance of the church in the African-American community.  The Church Folk exhibit remains on display thru Thursday, […]

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Charleston to be “premier port”

Senator Lindsey Graham hailed the passage of  water improvement legislation that means the Port of Charleston will be deepened by 54 feet.  Graham Friday hailed Senate passage of the act “Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation.”  He called it a step to making Charleston the “Premier Port on the East Coast.”  The legislation passed the Senate 78-21 and the House […]

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Amanda Brock has not resigned

Amanda Brock says she is not leaving her job as the administrative assistant to the Oconee County administrator.  This morning 101.7/WGOG NEWS reported Brock had submitted her resignation, but she has since made clear that she has no intention to leave Oconee County government.  We regret our error, and are happy to set the record straight.  

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Westminster Library to get new roof this week

The Westminster branch of the Oconee Public Library gets a new roof this week.  It’s considered a two-day project, possibly three.  The work starts Wednesday and will mean, for safety reasons, the parking lot will be blocked to public access.  Patrons are requested to return items to other branches.  The new roof is being funded by the remaining money from […]

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