AT THIS HOUR, hiker found safe

A hiker is safe after she and three companion pet dogs were forced to spend the night in the wild in the vicinity of the South Carolina-North Carolina line.  Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services says the 43-year old woman and her dogs, except for the elements, were found unharmed around 10:30 this morning in the vicinity of Bad Creek. […]

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Cause pinpointed for Townville home fire

  A cause for a home fire Sunday night in Townville has been pinpointed.  Shane Gibbs, the Oconee County Fire Marshal, says a stovetop eye had been left in a cooking-related accident.  Two people made it safely away from the fire on Rawleigh Street.  According to Gibbs, the structure consisted of two storage units that had been pulled together and […]

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Midnight fire at The Reserve

Word reaching 101.7/WGOG NEWS of a serious fire that struck the restaurant at The Reserve home development on Lake Keowee.  Apparently it was a midnight hour fire, to which Oconee County’s Keowee fire Department sent resources, including a ladder fire truck.  We are attempting to learn more information from Pickens County’s Keowee Vineyard Fire Department thru its chief, Phil Black.

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Walhalla electric power outage

Workers arriving this morning at the Oconee Veterans Affairs Office on Kenneth Street, Walhalla were greeted by no electric power service.  There’s an uncofirmed report that lightning hit the main power.  The V-A office’s neighbor, the DSS, may also be without power service.

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Democrat hopeful embarks on “uphill battle”

A Tri-County Tech instructor concedes her quest to unseat a third-term U-S representative from what’s considered an entrenched Republican district is an uphill battle.  But it’s a battle that Democrat Mary Geren is eager to undertake.  A large number of her supporters cheered for her yesterday in a ballroom at Clemson University’s Madren Center.  Geren elicited cheers and some laughter […]

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Electrical mishap near Seneca

One man was taken to the hospital when he made contact with an energized conductor in the Friendship Community near Seneca.  Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative earlier disconnected service at the home because of non-payment of the power bill.  According to Blue Ridge, it appears the individual placed an aluminum ladder against a power pole.  And climbing the ladder, the person […]

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Georgia man arrested after reckless driving incident

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has identified a Toccoa, Georgia man as the driver of a car that allegedly failed to yield the right of way late last week at a highway 183 intersection between Walhalla and Westminster.  Besides reckless driving, 31-year old James Buice Phillips was also charged with driving under suspension, giving false information, and receiving stolen goods.  According […]

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Safety award for a Seneca physician

Daniel Smith, Jr, MD, medical director of Greenville Health System’s Hospice of the Foothills and Cottingham Hospice House near Seneca, received the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion Award last week during the annual Transforming Health Symposium in Columbia. The award honors patient safety champions in South Carolina who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure quality care. […]

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