Fire burns Utica home

Fire burned a home late yesterday afternoon in the Utica Community near Seneca. Neighbors used the telephone at 4:45 to alert authorities to the fire on Brown Street. Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, says fire fighters were able to put a stop to the fire within five minutes of their arrival. At one point, it was thought someone may have […]

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State patrol makes arrest

State troopers have made an arrest of a young Walhalla man on charges of felony driving under the influence great bodily injury and felony driving under the influence resulting in death.  Law enforcement records show the charges were placed against Jordan Scott Tilson, 17, of Agar Lane, Walhalla.  The patrol initially identified a 17-year old Walhallan as the driver of […]

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New school still on budget

The project to build the new Walhalla High is still on budget. In fact, the school district’s top official, says it’s likely the new high school at Picket Post will cost less than the approved $54 million dollar budget. For the record today Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, clarified an estimate reported by a regional business publication. That estimate amounted […]

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Refinancing hospital debt

At a meeting tomorrow morning, the board of trustees of GHS—the Greenville Health System—will consider a resolution to refinance the debt owed by Oconee Memorial Hospital. When GHS took over OMH last October, it assumed about $70 million in bond indebtedness and what are called “related interest rate swaps.” A spokeswoman says GHS has determined it is “financially favorable” for […]

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Bataan Death March survivor still walking!

Clemson legend and Bataan Death March survivor Ben Skardon, now at the age of 97 years old, will walk eight and a half miles this Sunday in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Skardon has taken part in the event seven previous times. But it’s nothing like what he and his […]

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Arrests made at scene of car dealership crime

Two men have been arrested at a car dealership crime scene in Oconee County. The men were arrested shortly before 3:15 Saturday morning at Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge after a deputy sheriff found a broken passenger window in a Dodge Challenger and one of the two men in the backseat of the car. Law enforcement reports show that John Michael […]

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At this point, former Seneca plant only….

Oconee Sheriff’s Office is stressing again today that a mis-use of personnel files from a former manufacturing plant at Seneca remains a possibility. But it’s enough of a possibility for those potentially affected to beware. The Sheriff’s Office last week announced that its investigators were working a case of identity fraud and discovered there is the possibility that personnel files […]

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A “tool” for annexation

Westminster will consider a tool used by other South Carolina municipalities to make it easier to grow its city limits—thru annexation. At their meeting tomorrow evening, the mayor and council are scheduled to consider first reading of an ordinance that places a deed restriction on the property of those outside municipal limits requiring them to agree to be annexed when […]

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