Sunday is National Family Literacy Day

Sunday is National Family Literacy Day, and Oconee County Council and the Seneca City Council are among the government bodies that are drawing attention to the 26th anniversary of the event.  Established by the U-S Congress in 1994, the day highlights the importance of reading and learning for the entire family and stresses that parents have an impact on what […]

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Taking a campaign sign is against the law

In high-stakes elections, it’s not uncommon to see a campaign sign displayed roadside one day…and gone the next.  However, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw of Oconee County is out with a reminder that stealing a politician’s campaign sign is an offense.  Crenshaw says he has taken some phone calls about missing signs.  According to Section 7-25-210 of the South Carolina Code of […]

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Blue Ridge now counts 50 broken power poles

Crews working on behalf of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative intend to work past sundown tonight with the intent of resolving the remaining thousands of customers still without service.  Just this morning, according to Blue Ridge, service was restored to 5,200 customers over the multi-county service territory.  By 11:30 this morning, the remaining Oconee County number had been reduced to 5,568.

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Husband and wife were shooting victims

Investigation continues into the shooting last night involving a man and his wife in rural Oconee County, but the sheriff’s office believes what happened was the result of a domestic situation and there appears to be no danger to the general public.  In a statement today, the sheriff’s office said:  “At this time based upon evidence that has been gathered, […]

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Long voting lines

Many Oconeeans are putting their lives back together after the interruptions caused yesterday by tropical storm Zeta.  For many of them, voting is on their minds.  We are told the lines are long outside the in-person absentee voting precinct.  The wait time, according to elections director Joy Scharich, is approximately one hour.

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Why a main traffic artery is blocked

Power restoration is the reason that the main connector between Walhalla and Westminster is blocked to traffic.  The detour is in the vicinity of Coneross Creek on SC 183/the Walhalla-Westminster Highway, and motorists are being diverted to country roads on either side to continue their travel.  A repair crew is at work to replace a broken power pole, a procedure […]

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WGOG streaming programming

A power outage in the Salem-Tamassee area continues to affect the transmitter location of 101.7/WGOG.  Until electric power is restored there, WGOG is unable to resume over the air broadcasting.  However, our programming is being streamed through wgog.com and the “listen live” link.  You can also access our programming by downloading the WGOG Radio app.  The Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative […]

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Halloween is not altogether canceled

Halloween tomorrow is going to be different because of the world pandemic, but a good and scary time is possible if everyone will take the proper precautions to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.  Officials discourage haunted houses and large gatherings, but door-to-door trick-or-treating can be done safely if individually wrapped candy or goody bags are for children to […]

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Use Walhalla water for essential needs only

The city of Walhalla water treatment plant has lost electric power service, and all Walhalla water customers are requested to conserve water use and use water only for essential purposes.  Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent, makes the following plea:  “Due to yesterday’s storm and power outages, the Walhalla Water Department is experiencing water supply issues.  As a result, the department […]

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