Report on inmate’s death sent to prosecutor

The Oconee County sheriff says the state police have finished their investigation of an inmate’s death and have sent the report to the circuit solicitor’s office.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he’s awaiting a letter from Solicitor Chrissy Adams about the status of the case of Ernest Lee Smalley Jr.  The 33-year old Seneca resident died October 27 at a Greenville […]

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James Robert McAlister

James Robert McAlister, 85, of 455 Heritage Lane, Westminster died Sunday at his home. He was the widower of Louise Davis McAlister.  A graveside service will be 2 pm Wednesday at First Baptist Memorial Park.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers accepted. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandfiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Sewer Authority holds rates steady

Unique and different are words that Bob Winchester uses to describe the way Oconee County delivers sewer treatment.  But what the long-time executive director of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority seemed most proud of last night is that the authority is free of debt and, for the fourth year, the authority has held the line on the charges it makes […]

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January 16 accident proves fatal

An elderly Westminster man died yesterday—nine days after a traffic accident on highway 11.  Coroner Karl Addis says the death of 80-year old Samuel G. Haley occurred at 5:58 yesterday morning at the Greenville Memorial Hospital and death was attributed to complications from a head injury.   According to Addis, Haley was one of two drivers involved in an accident at […]

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Schools on regular schedule

Oconee public schools return this morning to regular schedule.   District administrators met with residents and bus drivers in areas that remain icy and gave them options.  Temperatures were expected to remain above freezing through the night.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Dr. Hal Gardner Robbins, Jr.

Dr. Hal Gardner Robbins, Jr., 86, of 100 terrace Meadows Drive, Seneca, died Sunday at his home.  He was the husband of Lillian Andrews Robbins.  The funeral will be 2 pm Thursday at Welcome Wesleyan Church with burial to follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens near Westminster.  The family receives friends from 12:30-2 pm, prior to the service, at Welcome Wesleyan […]

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A new twist for Freshman Focus night

  The annual Freshman Focus Parent Night at Walhalla High School takes on a new dimension this year.  Not only will the school welcome rising freshmen and their parents from the Walhalla Middle School but they will also welcome rising 9th graders and their parents from Tamassee-Salem Middle School.  This year’s event will be Thursday, February 4, 2016.  The program […]

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Local winners in national VFW contest

The VFW recently sponsored a nationwide essay contest called “Patriot’s Pen”. The theme for this year’s essay was “What Freedom Means to Me.” Heather Beasley and Luke Smith, eighth graders at West-Oak Middle School, were named the 1st and 2nd place winners of the local level contest from the VFW Auxiliary. The nation-wide contest is open to all students. It […]

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Police investigate Main Street vandalism

  Someone apparently threw a concrete planter and broke a stained glass door window at a Main Street, Walhalla business.  Damage estimate is $500 dollars. The police have confirmed they are investigating the incident at Moss and Associates as a case of weekend vandalism.  Entry to the business was not made, and Chief of Police Ronald Wilbanks says it’s not […]

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Palmetto Trail meeting

The Palmetto Conservation Foundation wants to hear from the public on two additions to the Palmetto Trail in Oconee and Pickens counties.  A meeting for that purpose takes place from 6 to 7:30 Wednesday night at the Old St. John’s Meeting House in Walhalla.  Plans were announced last summer to extend the Palmetto Trail about 16 miles from downtown Walhalla […]

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