Michael Hawkins

Seneca – Michael Allan “Pops” Hawkins, 61, husband of Betty Joan “Gangie” Hawkins, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  A private family memorial service will be held. Flowers accepted. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Rd, Seneca, SC 29672.    Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com  SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME […]

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Clemson students build cotton picker

A group of Clemson students is taking its cotton picking show on the road to raise awareness about agriculture.  The students are in the Clemson agricultural mechanization and business program and have re-designed a mechanical cotton picker to use to teach others about cotton harvesting.  Students built the harvester from the ground up.  A monitor located in the cab shows […]

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Oconee-based construction company a fast riser

The J. Davis Construction Company of Westminster, owned and founded by Joel Davis, has been recognized by SC BIZ NEWS as of one of the top twenty fastest growing large businesses in South Carolina. Davis and some of his leadership were honored at a Columbia ceremony this month as the ninth fastest growing company in the state.   According to SC […]

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Two Bridge to Clemson students share common background

LeAnna Lennon (right) of Greenville and her soon-to-be freshman roommate Alex Bumgardner of Raleigh, North Carolina met over the summer in 2012 before Bridge to Clemson classes started and continued their conversations by phone, texts and e-mails.  They became fast friends and learned a lot about each other but one piece of information didn’t reveal itself until move-in day when […]

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Time to start drawing tornado safety posters

Oconee County Emergency Services is announcing details of its annual Tornado Safety Poster Contest.  This contest helps acquaints children with the dangers of tornadoes and is a reminder to adults about what can happen when the skies turn bad.  The contest is open to all students in grades 1-6 in Oconee schools.  There will be a winner, runner-up, and honorable […]

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Bank names contest winners

Blue Ridge Bank is sending congratulations to six children for winning a pumpkin decorating contest at the three bank branches.  The decorated pumpkins were displayed in the lobby of each branch last week. The public picked the winners. Gift cards went to Gunner Lowe, Tobie Lowe, Gunner Lee, Raine Wheeler (pumpkin pictured at right), Rosie Espino, and Ethan Pace.

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Extension granted Courthouse Hotel project

After an executive session Tuesday night, the Oconee County Council voted to allow more time to the courthouse hotel developers.  A due diligence agreement was to have expired next week, but the council has extended the agreement with Tom Markovich and Herb Witter until April 15, 2017.  Markovich told 101.7/WGOG NEWS, . “The due diligence period is a time allotted […]

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Westminster power rate to remain as is

No increase in Westminster electric power rates is expected through next year.  Mayor Brian Ramey says a budget meeting yesterday at the PMPA—the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency—determined that the wholesale power consortium has no need to raise charges during 2017.  Westminster is one of 10 cities that buy electricity produced by a Duke Energy nuclear unit for re-sale to their […]

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Mary Jo Garrison Moody

Walhalla, SC— Mary Jo Garrison Moody 83, wife of the late Charles Franklin Moody, of 221 Thompson Avenue, Walhalla, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Davenport Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.          

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