Lawmakers change tune on road maintenance

Word from Columbia is that state lawmakers are scaling down an idea to require counties to take over the complete maintenance of some roads under state control. Like the state, county leaders say their budgets can’t accommodate the costs involved. Joel Thrift, chairman of Oconee County’s road and transportation committee, reacted yesterday to the news that House members are revising […]

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Edwards: “No decision” about re-election

In spite of rumors that he is seriously considering leaving politics, the Walhalla mayor said today he has made no decision about this year’s municipal election. It means that Mayor Edwards must weigh a decision whether he’ll offer for a second, four-year term in the November 3 election. Edwards knocked down a rumor that he has any interest in another […]

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Alternate use for the existing jail

A proposal is being put together for an alternate use of Oconee’s Detention Center once that penal facility is no longer needed when the new county jail opens later this year. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said he will introduce a proposal at next week’s meeting of the county’s Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Health and Welfare Committee to allow a religious-based entity […]

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Walhalla to negotiate ball field purchase

Walhalla Mayor Danny Edwards believes that the former Avondale Ball Field would make an ideal place for adult softball games, and that’s one of the reasons he’s hopeful the city can negotiate the purchase of the field from private interests. Edwards said today the city’s financial situation is such that it can’t afford buying real estate and he, along with […]

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Scott questions Obama cabinet head

Tim Scott, South Carolina’s freshman U-S senator, during his questioning of Secretary Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services, sought an answer to a what-if situation involving Obamacare—the Affordable Care Act.  And from the audio released by his office, Scott appears to be dissatisfied by the answer he received.  Scott asked Burwell that, in the event the […]

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Monday meeting to have budget ramifications

Still in his first year as superintendent, Dr. Michael Thorsland next week will deliver his future budget outlook to the Oconee School Board of Trustees. Budget matters dot the agenda for the board’s 6 o’clock meeting Monday night at district headquarters in Walhalla. In advance of Monday’s meeting, trustees are being told the following by Thorsland: “In order to meet […]

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Colleges’ best orators

A Tri-County Technical College student from Westminster was one of five Tech students who placed in at least one event during the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association’s College Festival. Chelsea Adams, an associate in science major, placed first in the Audition Monologues category. Her Tech team placed second overall as a college just two points behind Limestone College. This […]

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Fuel free-fall coming to an end!

The cost of gasoline at the pump has been ticking upward and the reality, according to the motor club AAA Carolinas, is an end to the lowest prices since 2009. This week’s increases come on the heels of gas prices falling nationally for a record 123 consecutive days before inching higher January 27. Gas prices are typically low during the […]

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Congressional Republicans stand for religious liberty

Eight members of the South Carolina Congressional delegation sent an open letter to the 64 colleges and universities in the state, as a way to stand up for the First Amendment religious freedoms of students and student groups on campus. The letter was organized by Third District Representative Jeff Duncan. The letter specifically mentions recent action by the California State […]

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