Erin McKinney is the new Seneca Magistrate

Erin McKinney has taken a kind of roundabout way to land a job as an Oconee County magistrate.  This afternoon McKinney took the oath of office and will serve as Seneca’s replacement magistrate, to fill an opening created earlier this year by the Todd Simmons resignation.  McKinney has a judicial background that includes working as a part-time Oconee magistrate.  For […]

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Fire and mountain rescue near Walhalla

Walhalla Fire and Rescue finished the weekend with the rescue of a visitor to Yellow Branch Falls and a fire in an abandoned structure.  According to the fire department, last night’s late hour fire burned a structure on the Hesse Highway which, at the time, was being dismantled.  A visitor late yesterday afternoon to Yellow Branch Falls received a rescue […]

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School candidates sound off on what to do about bullying

“Intimidation, harassment and bullying in schools has been around since the beginning of time.”  The group “Citizens for Childhood Education” used that statement to kick-start a question to District One school board candidates about what’s possible to eliminate harassment incidents in the public schools. Dean Bare, Keri Unsworth, and Amanda Holder don’t hold out great hope the problem can ever […]

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Home fire near Walhalla

An over-night home fire in the Walhalla fire protection service area.  Fire fighters were sent to the Hesse Highway near SC 183/the Westminster Highway, just before 11:30 last night and remained at that fire scene until 2 o’clock this morning.  No injuries, according to an initial first report to 101.7/WGOG NEWS.

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Democrats hear calls to act

Oconee Democrats clapped, cheered, and stood admiringly for their nominee for governor last evening during a BBQ picnic near Seneca.  They are pinning their hopes on November 8 on a 40-year-old man who argues that the Republican incumbent’s policies are outdated for a South Carolina that wants to move from the past to a new future.  The audience that filled […]

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“Treat boys as boys and girls as girls” — says school candidate

Transgender movement, critical race theory, school bullies.  All three were fodder yesterday when the three candidates for Seat One, Oconee School Board took part in a forum at Keowee Key, arranged by Citizens for Childhood Education in Oconee.  Dean Bare, incumbent candidate, said this to the question of whether the transgender movement will ever become an issue for Oconee’s five […]

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