“Really horrible” is the term Democratic leader applies to Trump win

The majority spoke Tuesday, but the chairwoman of Oconee Democrats calls Republican Donald Trump’s win “really horrible.”  Paulette Keffas-Chassin says the county party is “completely shocked and disappointed.”  Yet Keffas-Chassin concedes the majority has spoken and her party, once a dominant political machine in South Carolina, is now the minority party.  On behalf of Democrats, Keffas-Chassin promises Democrats will try […]

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Staggering start time for Oconee public schools

If the Oconee trustees agree, students next year will be able to sleep a few minutes later before starting for school in the morning.  During Monday’s meeting Dr. Michael Thorsland, superintendent, will talk about staggered times to start classes.  Currently, all Oconee schools start classes close to 8 o’clock.  Thorsland said, “We are talking about delaying middle school start time […]

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Elizabeth Paige Fratus

Simpsonville, SC— Elizabeth Paige Fratus, 30, wife of Edward Fratus, of 10 Capewood Road, Simpsonville, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, in Asheville, NC. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity […]

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Canvassers examine questioned ballots

Oconee’s board canvassers waded this morning through stacks of privisional votes from this week’s General Election.  It’s a necessary step before county election officials certify the results. One complication arose because several Oconee voters on Tuesday had actually been purged from voting rolls for having failed to vote in two previous General Elections.  A smaller pile of provisional votes were […]

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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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