Test ahead of tornado alert system

The public should be watching and listening for a South Carolina statewide test of its tornado alert system. The drill is planned for approximately 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, March 5. Television and radio stations, such as 96.3/WGOG, will participate through the activation of the EAS and a message from the National Weather Service, explaining that it is a test only. […]

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Grad student is an intern

A Clemson student pursuing a graduate’s degree is getting real-world experience as an intern at the office of Oconee Economic Development. Kirsten Pratt was introduced during Friday’s meeting of the Economic Development Commission. She joins an office staff of Richard Blackwell, executive director, and Russell Johnson, project and marketing manager.

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Duncan subcommittee holds hearing

Congressman Jeff Duncan chaired his first hearing of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. Friday’s hearing addressed the Department of Homeland Security’s progress and shortcomings in implementing various missions and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently.

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Grant approved for Old St. John’s

A Heritage Corridor grant, worth $12,500, is headed the way of the project to develop Old St. John’s Meeting House in Walhalla. Kim Paradeses, fiscal analyst for the S-C Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, notified the Rev. Frank Strickland, project manager, that the grant is awarded and work may begin. Two of the 12 pews needed for the building […]

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Late night home fire

A late night home fire inside the protection service territory of the Oakway Volunteer Fire Department. The fire occurred on Grove Creek Drive and no one was reported injured. The call came at 10:22. Fire fighters from Oakway, Westminster, South Union and Fair Play responded. The last set of fire fighters remained at the scene until shortly after 12:30 a-m.

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President’s Day is official holiday

The observance of President’s Day is an official holiday today, meaning regular county and state offices are closed. That includes the county’s libraries and the courthouse. Public schools are running on regular schedule, and the county school board of trustees holds its regular February meeting beginning at 6 tonight at district headquarters.

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Arrest made in Tamassee gun theft

Oconee sheriff’s officers have charged a 17-year old man with simple larceny and burglary second degree in their investigation of a crime one week ago on Kimberly Lane, Tamassee. A man came home to find a window open in his mobile home and evidence that someone had tampered with a sliding door. He discovered missing a 22 Ruger LR/Mag pistol, […]

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County leaders hold Sanctuary Pointe meetings

The project seen as a “game-changer” for southern Oconee County has prompted meeting between county officials and the Sanctuary Pointe developers. At this morning’s meeting of the county Economic Development Commission, County Administrator Scott Moulder announced a series of ongoing meetings with those who intend to develop the Lake Hartwell peninsula at I-85 into a destination resort. Moulder spoke just […]

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Jocassee shoreline plan

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Duke Energy’s plan to manage the Lake Jocassee shoreline. Twenty-four pages long, an order to modify and approve was accepted by the FERC February 4. A spokeswoman for Duke, Lisa Hoffman, predicts little change to the way the expansive body of water above Lake Keowee will be managed in the future. The plan […]

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