“Project Switch” translates to Nason expansion

  A company that makes switches and cylinders is in line for a tax benefit—if it goes through with an expansion of its operations near West Union.  Oconee County Council last night approved a fee-in-place of tax incentive for the Nason Company and its plant on highway 11.  Richard Blackwell of Oconee Economic Alliance says the expansion entails a $2.5 […]

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Most West Union voters stay home

  For an election that held little drama, most West Union voters stayed home on Tuesday.  Only 18 town residents out of 141 cast ballots and re-elected un-opposed Mayor Linda Oliver, who tallied 16 votes.  Three ballot candidates for four council seats were declared unofficial winners:  Bethany James, David Scealf, and Kelly Weiser.  Eight write-in votes were enough to award […]

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Salem explores charter school

If a judge rules against a challenge to the closing of Salem’s school, town leaders believe they may have found a solution to keeping a school in their town.  They are asking the public to come to a meeting next week to discuss the idea of bringing a statewide charter school.  If Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School is closed in June, the […]

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Don’t be a distracted driver, says AAA

To recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA Carolinas warns motorists to avoid  activities that divert attention from the primary driving task. Numerous distractions exist that could endanger drivers, passengers, or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians. “While we’ve made some progress in the past few years by raising awareness about risky driving behaviors, distraction continues to be a contributing factor to deaths […]

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Walhalla band excels

  The Walhalla Middle School Band, under the direction of Gena Sykes Turpin, was recently awarded the rating of “Superior With Distinction” at the South Carolina Band Director’s Association Concert Performance Assessment (CPA).  SC Bands use the CPA to rate their learning advancement through the year. The band is critiqued and graded by a panel of three judges.  The Walhalla […]

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S. Wesleyan student receives scholarship

Southern Wesleyan University student Humberto A. Arredondo, a sophomore majoring in business management from Central, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the UPS Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). CIC is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 […]

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Walhalla OK sought for trail plan

  At a meeting this evening, Partners for Progress intends to ask for Walhalla City Council approval on the specifics for the plan to extend the Palmetto Trail through the corporate limits, with a new trail terminus on the grounds of the Depot.  Dan Pollock, the president of Partners, says he will seek the approval once the plan’s designer finishes […]

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42 days and counting!

After a week of Spring Break, Oconee public school students are back in their classrooms. Make no doubt about it, however, it’s likely the students have begun to think about another break in the school year:  summer recess.  The summer break starts in 42 more school days. Who’s counting?Well, it’s not just students.  We know of one administrator who is […]

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Clemson Ridge acquired by New Jersey outfit

Lexerd Capital Management, a New Jersey-based sponsor of private equity funds, announces the acquisition of Clemson Ridge.  Near Seneca, Clemson Ridge consists of a 120-unit garden style community of 10, three-story apartment buildings.  Currently, Clemson Ridge is managed by First Communities Management.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Albert Lord III, Lexerd CEO, said, “We are very excited to […]

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Streetscape “meeting of the minds”

Danny Hutchinson, whose company is the general contractor for Walhalla Streetscape, pronounced the project today in its final stages.  Hutchinson and others, however, met on Main Street to go over changes that Mayor Edwards says still remain.  They include changes in some of the Main Street striping and to the corner turns at some of the intersections.    

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