Campfire ban and fire restrictions

The Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests have implemented a fire ban on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District located in the northwest corner of South Carolina beginning today through January 14, 2017. No campfires or burning will be allowed due to dry conditions. (Camp stoves are excluded from this restriction). The Fire Ban (means NO campfires or burning) district-wide on the Andrew […]

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Bridge deck repairs ahead on I-85

  The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to close one lane of a section of Interstate 85 southbound in Anderson County beginning Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, to repair a deteriorating bridge deck. While the bridge is safe for travel, the condition warrants repairs before it worsens or disrupts upcoming holiday traffic. The bridge deck spans a railroad located at mile […]

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New Solicitor to take office January 11

  Unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot, you can start calling David Wagner 10th Circuit Solicitor-elect once the ballots are certified in both Oconee and Anderson counties.  Wagner continues to work as the deputy solicitor in charge of the Oconee office, but he is envisioning the staff and the caseloads for which he will have overall responsibility.  As he alluded to during […]

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Spruce up for a school campus

After 20 years, a school and its gathering place are to receive some sprucing up.  What used to be the Walhalla High auditorium now serves as the auditorium for the Walhalla Middle School.  The auditorium is named for a retired high school principal, John Hostetler.  Dixon says his school welcome any community volunteers to give hand whether it’s in the […]

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Schools to recognize military veterans

The Veterans Day breakfast held at Walhalla Middle School is an event to which the school looks forward every year.  Tomorrow morning’s program is set.  Principal Scott Dixon invites local veterans and their families to enjoy the meal and the guest speaker, Vietnam War veteran Mike Copeland. Other Oconee schools planning Veteran’s Day events include Blue Ridge Elementary School, Seneca Middle School, […]

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Seneca High sends 20 students to All-State Chorus

Twenty members of the Seneca High School chorus have been named to the South Carolina All-State Chorus.  Of 80 schools across the state, Seneca’s All-State members are the fourth highest.  Eleven Seneca students performed with perfection on the sight singing portion of their audition. The All-State Chorus will sing in March at Winthrop University with world-renowned conductors.  

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Burning bans in place

Because of the extreme dry conditions, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has issued a burning ban on the 33,000-acre Jocassee Gorges area in northern Oconee and Pickens counties.  Firefighters from the S.C. Forestry Commission, area volunteer fire departments and the Clemson Experimental Forest dealt yesterday with a wildfire on Pinnacle Mountain near Table Rock State Park in northern Pickens. […]

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Christmas to arrive early in Salem

Christmas will reach the Oconee town of Salem early next month with the staging of the town’s annual parade.  The Town of Salem at 944-2819 is accepting entries for the 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 4 parade.  This year’s parade will follow the theme of Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward man.  Parade […]

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