Natural Beauty Recognized

The Jocassee Gorges is getting some international attention.  National Geographic magazine has named Jocassee Gorges one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places-Destinations of a Lifetime.” Mark Hall, the land Manager of the Gorges calls the recognition an honor.  Hall says “We have one of the great wild places on our planet.”  The four-page spread in National Geographic’s special […]

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Free Hunting Days

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has announced a new free hunting program. The DNR’s first annual free hunting days will be January 4-5, 2013. Free hunting days allow all South Carolina residents to hunt without a state hunting license or other required permits, to include Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit, or Migratory Waterfowl Permit (formerly State Duck Stamp). […]

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Santa is Coming!!!!!!!

WGOG will be tracking Santa’s trek from the North Pole today.  As part of our annual Christmas festivities, WGOG and Blue Ridge Bank present “Santa Tracking” Today, beginning around 12:30 and at the bottom of the hour through 5:30, we’ll bring you a play by play of Santa’s journey.  We thank Blue Ridge Bank for sponsoring our Santa Tracking Coverage.

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New Deadline for Identity Theft Coverage

Taxpayers affected by the recent data breach at the SC Department of Revenue now have an extended deadline to sign up for free credit monitoring.  The new deadline is March 31, 2013.  South Carolinians have until then to sign up for a year of free credit monitoring through Experian.  The state will foot the bill for the first year of coverage, which […]

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Three mothers charged with neglect

Law enforcement records show three young Oconee County mothers were arrested this week and charged with unlawful neglect of children. A law enforcement source says the women arrested are accused of giving birth to children, tests on which show the children to have been born with drugs in their systems. The law enforcement records identify the drugs as cannabinoids, methamphetamine, […]

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“Of course, we cannot comment…”

A public protest is being mounted across the street from its office, but the Oconee Department of Social Service will have nothing to say about a group of people who are holding up signs and making public their dispute with the child placement section of the state agency. A DSS employee issued a no comment statement to 96.3/WGOG NEWS, at […]

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Westminster’s choice is Awalt

Two men with Seneca police backgrounds are going to lead the Westminster Police Department.  Dean Awalt has accepted a $54 thousand offer to succeed Scott Bannister as Westminster Police Chief.  In recent weeks,OconeeSheriff-elect Mike Crenshaw has served as the interim chief. Westminster also promoted Patrolman Rory Jones to Lieutenant.  As such, Jones will serve as second in command and act as […]

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Jobless claims increase in OC

The unemployment rates across South Carolina and the country dropped during November, but they inched higher in Oconee County. In November, 8.6% of Oconee’s workforce was looking for work, compared to 8.4% a month earlier, according to an announcement by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. For the fourth straight month, S.C.’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped–to 8.3%. […]

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Drug Control Bureau beefed up

Two new officers will soon help crack down on the illegal use of legal drugs in South Carolina. DHEC has announced that officers Judith Pierce and Eddie Black graduate today from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy and become drug control inspectors for its Bureau of Drug Control. Both graduates are South Carolina registered pharmacists and law enforcement officers.

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Guilty plea entered in federal court

The government has announced a 27-year old Easley woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and faces the possibility of 20 years in prison or a $250 thousand fine, or both.  U-S Attorney Bill Nettles said Shelley Nicole Dillard entered a plea of guilt before Judge G-Ross Anderson Jr.  Sentencing will follow a review of a pre-sentence report prepared […]

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