House fire on the Fish Hatchery Road

Fire late last night displaced a family from their home in a remote part of Oconee County.  But no one was hurt.  The residents, returning home, saw smoke coming from the roof.  194 Fish Hatchery Road off highway 107 is 12 miles from the nearest fire station, but county fire chief Charlie King says Mountain Rest fire fighters arrived quickly […]

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Settlement removes case from trial docket

Court officers say an agreement allows for an out of court settlement in a new trial alleging defects in a Lake Keowee home development.  That agreement was reported by attorneys this morning in the Commons Pleas Court at Walhalla.  We’re told that once a formal order is approved, the second phase of a trial involving the Stoneledge townhome development will […]

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Jeff Chee is Oconee’s ambassador for economic development

A ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Complex honored this year’s Ambassadors for Economic Development.  There’s one for every county, and Oconee’s is Jeff Chee of Greenfield Industries.  “In South Carolina, growing our state’s economy and creating jobs truly is a team effort, and the individuals recognized as ambassadors at last week’s ceremony are proof of that. These local business leaders […]

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Shoplifting arrests made by Oconee County

A man from Greenville County and a woman from Anderson County are among the arrests made during the weekend in Oconee County.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the man and the woman stand accused of shoplifting at two local stores on two occasions.  Kevin Christopher Hoffman was booked into the Oconee Detention Center Friday afternoon after being picked up […]

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Legion post kitty hits $100k

A spokesman for Walhalla American Legion says the fundraising drive to build a new home for the legion has surpassed $100 thousand dollars and is in the final stages before acquiring a construction permit.  One of the donors is Chris Hood, whose father, Lloyd Hood,  served in the military during the Korean War.  Chris Hood’s uncle, William Hood, fought with […]

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Open house this month in Salem!

With only a month left in the long life of the public school in downtown Salem, the Oconee School District has announced plans for an event that will allow visitors to walk through the building, relive memories, and recall the rich history of the Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School.  The event will be an open house 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, […]

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Saturday night storm one to remember

Saturday night’s storm for the 1st of May was something to remember. The one-inch was measured at Walhalla was more than all of the rain during April.  Still, conditions remain dry, according to Barbara Wilson, the keeper of official weather numbers at her Walhalla Hickory Hollow farm and homeplace.

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Three fire commission seats available

2016 is an election year for the panel that sets policy for the Keowee Fire District.  Three seats are available and the candidates run as non-partisan candidates.  Those who live within the district may qualify to run at the county Voter Registration and Elections office between July 28 and August 11.

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League monitors ethics progress

A bill approved by the South Carolina Senate addresses ethics reform.  It has been years in the making.  Janie Shipley, the president of the League of the Women Voters in the Clemson Area, says this bill calls for independent ethics investigations of state lawmakers—an end to the practice of lawmakers investigating each other.

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