Bracing for holiday drinking and driving

The Walhalla police chief, Ronald Wilbanks, was questioned last night by Councilman T-J Bagwell about a spike in the number of driving under the influence arrests that were noted in his department’s report for the month of November.  Wilbanks replied it’s that holiday time of the year once again when some drivers foolishly combine drinking while driving.  Wilbanks says his officers […]

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Walhalla’s heart bleeds for Gatlinburg

In a time of need, Walhallans gave generously to the fire fighters who fought a raging Pickens County mountain fire that spread into North Carolina.  Now Walhallans are going to be asked one more time to help.  This time, for a Tennessee mountain community upended by fire.  Scott Parris, utilities director, received the go-ahead last night for his employees and […]

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Clerk to Council departing

After nine years, the Oconee County Council will look for a new clerk.  Council Clerk Beth Hulse has announced her resignation, to be effective January 3 and her intention to go to work with a law firm in Seneca.  At the end of last night’s executive session, the council authorized Administrator Scott Moulder to start the search for Hulse’s replacement. […]

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Deer are out and about!

State troopers reported a pair of car-deer accidents this morning in Oconee and Pickens counties.  Shortly after 5:30, one accident occurred on highway 11 in Oconee.  About 30 minutes earlier, another car-deer accident occurred in Pickens County on the Farrs Bridge Road near 183.

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Westminster carjacking leads to Clemson

An investigation into a Westminster carjacking led to Clemson where the police found a stolen car and apprehended at least one individual.  At last report, the police were looking for a second individual. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office started an investigation of a carjacking and the theft of a purse at Hobson Street and Cornelia Avenue.  Later a stolen Mustang was […]

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Pendleton area employer upfitting its building

The state Commerce Department announced that Ortec, the bio-material and polymer technology company, is expanding operations in Anderson County near Pendleton.  The upfitting of its building on the Westinghouse Road complements recent growth at its facilities in both Pickens and Greenville counties.  On Westinghouse Road, Ortec plans to invest $20 million and create 60 new jobs and upfit its existing […]

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Pinnacle fire 84% contained

Officials at the command post in Pickens County say the Pinnacle Mountain fire is now 84% contained and the fire lines appear to be holding.  Last night’s infrared flight revealed hot spots in the most recently active northeastern section of the fire. Hand crews and a fire track are focusing on that area today, extinguishing hot spots, clearing the fire […]

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