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New law targets 3rd grade reading

October 15, 2014

Oconee School District’s first-year director of instruction is calling attention to provisions of a newly-passed law aimed at gauging how well third graders are reading. Ginger Hopkins says the legislation is titled, “Race to Succeed,” and while the objective is admirable it’s going to require an adjustment for affected third graders and their parents. According…

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Utility crews hit rock, and it’s expensive

October 15, 2014

  Walhalla fears have been realized. The crews at work to lay new water lines in the Chicopee Mill village have encountered rock formations, and it’s an expensive proposition. Scott Parris, utilities superintendent, at City Hall last night estimated, so far, $23 thousand out of a Community Development Block grant has had to be expended…

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School’s future use still being discussed

October 15, 2014

  When the new Walhalla High opens next year, the middle school students next to the existing high school will move into the old high school building. But what happens to the middle school? It’s still a question. Steve Hanvey, director of district operations, says at one point the district gave thought to converting the…

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OSD officials: weigh ballot choices carefully

October 15, 2014

Leaders of Oconee public schools decline to say who they will be voting for next month, but they urge all voters to keep in mind education when they cast ballots. District administrators Steve Hanvey and Earnestine Williams are among the officials who want voters to conduct their own research as to who is best, from…

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Thinking about Ebola at Oconee Memorial

October 15, 2014

The Oconee Memorial Hospital is heeding the call of the director of Centers for Disease Control. At Oconee Memorial, they are planning for a what-if. What if the hospital at Seneca were presented with a deadly case of the Ebola virus? Hunter Kome, the newly-named president of the Oconee Medical Campus, says, “We are taking…

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$100 thousand grant on the way

October 15, 2014

Walhalla’s re-opened swimming pool is going to benefit from an influx of money from the state level. City leaders soon expect the resident state senator, Thomas Alexander, to bring home the bacon—a $100 thousand dollar grant from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The primary purpose for the grant is to adapt the…

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Seneca kills downtown parking plan

October 15, 2014

The idea of Duke Energy workers parking in Seneca’s downtown and then shuttled by bus to the nuclear plant rubbed some merchants the wrong way.  And now the idea of Seneca making parking at the Norton-ThompsonPark available has been scrapped.  Merchants, such as SteveSprings and Bob Becker, made their concerns known during last night’s city…

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Mayor predicts Streetscape bids to go out soon

October 15, 2014

Mayor Danny Edwards predicts contractor bids will soon be requested for what Walhalla officials envision as stage one of Streetscape—the re-make of a four-block area of the downtown. Edwards made his prediction last night during a City Hall meeting after hearing Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent, report a variety of developments as Walhalla gets closer…

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Californian arrested after I-85 traffic stop

October 15, 2014
Californian arrested after I-85 traffic stop

A California man who told Oconee deputies he was on his way to see his daughter wound up spending the night in jail. The Sheriff’s Office announced that Sacramento resident Eugene Duncan Jr. was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a traffic stop Monday on I-85 near the South Carolina 11 exit.…

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Judge orders 25-year prison term

October 15, 2014

A 42-year old Westminster man has been sent to prison for possession of methamphetamine third offense. Oconee General Sessions Judge Roger Couch handed down a 25-year sentence to Steven Ranslow Allison. A jury yesterday returned a guilty verdict. The office of Solicitor Chrissy Adams released these comments about Allison’s conviction and sentence:  “On July 15,…

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  • October 31, 2014Faith Baptist Church's Fall Festival
  • October 31, 2014 6:00 pmWalhalla High Cheerleader Candy Giveaway
  • October 31, 2014 6:00 pmBoo in the Bay
  • November 1, 2014Walhalla's Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
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