McMahan responds to Gaulin

If any Oconee Republicans are disenchanted by the upheaval during their county convention, they are welcome to break ranks and cross to the Democratic side, in the opinion of Jody Gaulin.  The chairwoman of Oconee Democrats released this statement to 101.7/WGOG NEWS:  “Yes, the Oconee County Democratic Party views this as an opportunity.  We believe in good government not an […]

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Oconeean’s death traced to COVID-19

The death of an elderly Oconeean on the 6th of March is traced by the state health agency to COVID-19.  The death is one of 15 added today to the statewide death toll.  DHEC confirmed an additional 466 cases, 12 of them in Oconee County. Of 8,198 test results, the new South Carolina positivity:  8.6%.  Today’s numbers reflect a 24-hour […]

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Local Republicans want an in-person state convention

Oconee County Republicans want their state party to hold an in-person convention next month, instead of a virtual get together. Oakway Republican Tony Adams says all of Oconee’s 14 delegates to the convention May 15 want an in-person event.  Adams also says he wants to see an agenda for the convention to help him become better familiar with party business […]

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Armed robbery defendant jailed in Oconee

An Anderson County inmate has arrived at the Oconee Detention Center where he was being held on on multiple charges arising from an armed robbery incident Christmas week near Walhalla.  Today’s Oconee jail report contains a total of eight charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery with a deadly weapon against Joshua Allen McCurley of highway 187.  Twenty-eight year old McCurley […]

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Strong feedback against a roundabout in Oakway

Close to 80 percent of those who responded said they are opposed to a roundabout on SC 24 in the heart of Oakway community.  At the request of 101.7/WGOG NEWS, the South Carolina DOT released the following numbers.  Of 127 people who weighed in, 99 are opposed and 24 in favor.  Four people either asked questions or provided general information.  […]

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Fourteen new jobs proposed for Oconee government

It’s possible Sheriff Crenshaw will be smiling if Oconee County Council sees fit to add positions to the sheriff’s office.  For a variety of reasons, Crenshaw has had trouble keeping and maintaining adequate numbers of uniformed officers in a growing county.  Of 14 new county jobs recommended, law enforcement would get 11 of them.  That’s the recommendation of Amanda Brock, […]

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2% pay hikes recommended for county workers

The workforce of Oconee government is in line for two percent cost of living increases, if the recommendation from the county administrator is approved by the county fathers.  It’s new budget time at the county government offices, and last evening Administrator Brock presented an 87-page draft of what the administration recommends for expenses and projected revenues.  Admitting that she wishes […]

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Re-routing traffic to and from the landfill

If County Council says yes, Oconee will spend to re-route truck traffic to the C-and-D landfill at Seneca.  An expenditure ($330 thousand) is included in county administration’s draft of a new budget to channel the entrance to the commercial and demolition landfill via the Strawberry Farm Road.  That gets it out of the way of two-lane Wells Highway where, for […]

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Prescribed burn today

A prescribed burn of 395 acres is on tap today in Oconee County near the Whetstone Horse Camp.  According to the Andrew Pickens Ranger District, the objectives for the burn are to reduce fuels that can spark wildfires and allow for research monitoring by Clemson University.

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Cop spots highway 11 speeding and makes traffic stop

A driver on s. highway 11 picked the wrong time to exceed the speed limit.  After spotting the speeding vehicle, a Walhalla police officer stopped the vehicle.  The police conducted a search and say they found marijuana and methamphetamine large enough to be considered for distribution purposes.  A passenger was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth; the driver […]

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