Police chase ends on dead-end road

  A 42-year old man was arrested early today after a police chase that ended on a dead-end road in Anderson near the man’s home at Fair Play.  Oconee offices say they went to a home on Tugaloo Heights Circle as part of an investigation of a domestic dispute.  Deputies approached the suspect, Dennis Ralph Roberts Jr., at the home, […]

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Forest Service schedule

  All Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests (FMS) offices and ranger stations will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31. For the safety of visitors, some fire personnel, law enforcement officers, and recreation staff will be working over the Memorial Day weekend.  The Forest Service reminds everyone […]

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Michelin postscript

A postscript today to the Michelin company decision to bypass Oconee County for Spartanburg County for its new distribution center.  Richard Blackwell called it very said.  The executive director of Oconee Economic Alliance said his staff and the Oconee County Council had invested three years into attempting to land the distribution center and place it in the county’s undeveloped Golden […]

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Manufacturer to start construction next week

Oconee Economic Alliance officials predict construction will start by the middle of next week on the county’s latest manufacturing acquisition.  And Richard Blackwell, the county’s chief economic development recruiter, predicts that it’s going to be an operation in which Oconeeans can take pride because one of the products will show up in automobiles, such as a BMW.  A combination manufacturing […]

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Oconeean awarded scholarship

The valedictorian at the Oconee Christian Academy, Whitney Oakley, is in line for a scholarship from the South Carolina Association of Counties.  Each year the board of the organization awards four $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot, and Oconee County was selected in this year’s draw. Applicants must plan to attend […]

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Bike rally to be centered at Lake Jemiki

The two bodies of water that make up Lake Jemiki near Walhalla are going to be the backdrop for tomorrow’s annual “Rally in the Valley.”  The event offers bike rides of 30 or 60 miles through the valleys and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and supports Upstate Forever and its outreach group Oconee Forever.  The mission of those organizations […]

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Why Memorial Day is significant

The retired judge, Alex Macaulay, will stand before a crowd in Walhalla Monday and tell why Memorial Day is significant to him.  Macaulay was a medic during the war in Vietnam and he’s the featured speaker for Oconee County’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.  Everyone is invited for Monday’s noon hour event at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. The highlight will be […]

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Holiday weekend starts summer travel

The motor club AAA projects around 1.5 million Carolinians on the roads this weekend bound for Memorial Day destinations.  Most will travel by motor vehicle and the airlines. Popular destinations are Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and Denver, Colorado.  The long Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers.  Seven of […]

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Walhalla man arrested in Westminster

The police in Westminster say an anonymous tip led them to make a traffic stop this week and arrest a Walhalla man who, the police say, was wanted on multiple charges.  Law enforcement reports identify the man arrested as Kevin Daniel Kelly, passenger in an SUV that was stopped during the noon hour Tuesday on Westminster’s Norris Street.  The Oconee […]

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