Clemson graduate promoted to four-star general

1984 Clemson graduate John “Jay” Raymond has been promoted by the Air Force to the rank of four-star general.  That makes Raymond the highest ranking military officer to have graduated from any ROTC program at Clemson.  As the commander of Air Force Space Command, Raymond will oversee satellite launch capabilities and ensure friendly forces have access to the nation’s space […]

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Wishing Oconee well on a milestone

A committee of Oconeeans last night talked about who or what should take the lead when it comes to organizing a celebration of Oconee County’s 150th year.  The county will mark its sesquicentennial in 2018.  In a meeting at South Cove Park, the members of the county Arts and Historical Commission batted around a few ideas.  The group is likely […]

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Pinnacle Mountain fire UPDATE

  Here’s an update from the South Carolina Forestry Commission on the continuing Pinnacle Mountain fire near Table Rock State Park in Pickens County, as provided to 101.7/WGOG NEWS by Doug Wood, director of communications:  “Early this morning, the estimated size of the fire was 15-20 acres, but I was told at noon the fire had grown to at least […]

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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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