Salem parade is re-set for Sunday

If there is an advantage of having to wait an extra week for the Salem Christmas Parade and the appearance of the Jolly Old Man in the red suit it is that the new parade date, this Sunday, is a week closer to Christmas and within just a few days of the official start of winter.  The Salem parade, postponed […]

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Construction starts on new home for the legionnaires


Construction has begun on the long-awaited new home for Walhalla’s American legionnaires.  According to an announcement by Jerry Dyar (2nd from left), the public information officer for Post 124, the legionnaires are grateful to everyone who is helping make the Kenneth Street building project a reality.  And that includes Bob Winchester (far right), the executive director of the Joint Regional […]

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Donation drive for Gatlinburg

Details are being announced of an Oconee County relief effort for those impacted by fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Walhalla Water Department and Northwestern Supply Company are asking for your support the recovery of those affected by the wildfires.  Among items needed are pet food; household items, including canned food and packaged snacks; bottled water and sports drinks; toiletries, clothes; and […]

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Top challenges in front of state lawmakers

Fresh from a re-organization meeting for the next session of the state representatives, one Oconee lawmaker thinks he has a handle on what are to be the top legislative issues during 2017.  Representative Bill Whitmire, Walhalla Republican, admitted yesterday that job one will be some kind of permanent solution to how South Carolina will fund the repair of its roads […]

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Deputy Justin Stokes an honored graduate


Oconee deputy sheriff Justin Stokes (center) has graduated from the state Criminal Justice Academy and its basic law enforcement program, and he did it with special honor. Stokes was awarded the J.P. Strom Award, given to the graduate who achieves the highest overall academic average after the successful completion of all performance tests. Stokes shared the award with officer and […]

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Virginia “Jenny” Farmer

Walhalla, SC— Virginia Erline Farmer, 48, of 1537 Highlands Hwy, Walhalla, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 PM, Friday, December 16, 2016, at Rocky Knoll Baptist Church with visitation to follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Virginia Farmer Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 571, […]

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Whitmire anticipates education panel re-assignment

The Walhalla area state representative in 2017 expects to be seated on the House committee that has primary responsibility for public education spending.  District One’s Bill Whitmire awaits a meeting next week with both Governor Nikki Haley and Molly Spearman, the state superintendent of education.  “It’s not official yet.  I’ll probably find out next week,” is how Whitmire, a retired […]

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Northeast Georgia public official indicted

A commissioner for Franklin County, Georgia, David Strickland,  has been indicted on two felony counts in connection with the purchase of property in Canon. The indictments were handed down Monday against Strickland by the Franklin County Grand Jury. Afterward, a judge issued a bench warrant on behalf of the grand jury for the 56-year old Strickland, a Lavonia resident. Strickland […]

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