Walhalla swimming season starts tomorrow

A full summer season of municipal swimming will open tomorrow evening at the Walhalla Swim Pool on W. Main Street.  Pool hours tomorrow will run 5 to 7 pm as part an  open house.  The YMCA is operating the pool for the summer and you can call them at 864/962-4049 to get a schedule and what it costs to enjoy […]

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Sanctuary Pointe plan changes

The Sanctuary Pointe developers are making official their change of plans for the peninsula on I-85 at Lake Hartwell in Oconee County.  They are announcing a partnership with state agencies and regional recreation management groups for an Outdoor Life Center.  Sanctuary Pointe now says it has approval from the Corps of Engineers and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation […]

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School District deadline next week

When it comes to the school in which Oconee parents want their children enrolled next year, there’s an important deadline next week.  Wednesday, June 1 is the deadline for parents to complete an online school choice form, which can be found on the district website.   Oconee School District policy allows students to apply to attend any school in the district […]

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“I want this phased out”

  It looks as if Westminster’s next budget will square expenses with revenues.  The mayor and council went into last night’s budget workshop with the task of trimming about $190 thousand dollars.  They agreed on cuts covering several areas, including the deletion of truck purchases and spending less on re-opening the swimming pool.  Councilwoman Susan Ramey announced Thursday, June 9 […]

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Solicitior issues statement

The circuit solicitor, Chrissy Adams, issued this statement after the sentencing of a young man for his part in murder and other crimes committed at a home in Utica on New Year’s Day 2014:  “Today’s guilty plea allows the families of Scott Johnston and Jody Corley to see justice delivered for the unbearable pain and loss that James Toward put them through […]

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Chris Carter to succeed Jeff Lord

  After a brief private meeting, the Westminster City Council voted 7-0 to appoint Georgetown’s Chris Carter as its next city administrator.  Mayor Brian Ramey said Carter stood out among the 19 applicants to succeed Jeff Lord.  Carter’s connections to the Upstate, which include relatives in Clemson and previous work experience in the North Carolina mountains, attracted him to the […]

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21-year old man sent to prison for 48 years

The judge heard dramatic statements in a murder case heard today in the Oconee Courtroom.  Judge Letitia Verdin’s eyes appeared red as she heard about the impact of an attack New Year’s Day 2014 on two people inside a home in Utica near Seneca.  Verdin sentenced James William Toward to 48 years in prison for murder and other crimes committed […]

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Moulder: park not ideal for economic offices

  Oconee’s Information and Technology Park on highway 11 may be ideal for education facilities and new industry, but not for offices for the Economic Alliance.  Scott Moulder, county administrator, told the council’s budget committee that he and staff can’t justify the county getting a $2.5 million benefit—the amlunt estimated that it would take to build officers at the park […]

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County mulls school district offer

Chairman Paul Cain of Oconee County Council announced last night that the school district has offered the county the building and grounds at Oakway once the intermediate school there is closed in a couple of weeks.  Cain says the offer includes 30 acres which bode for possibilities.  But the councilman for the Oakway area, Joel Thrift, says, “I really don’t […]

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Government worried about the lack of rain

The Army Corps of Engineers is getting worried about the lack of rainfall.  Since December the basin has experienced below average rainfall every month (a 7-inch deficit between Hartwell and Thurmond through April).  Reservoir levels remained favorable due to the 2015 year-end precipitation. Although rainfall since January has only been 64 percent of normal, inflows have remained near normal due […]

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