Bert Friday award to Robert Chasteen

Robert Chasteen

An Oconee jail guard has won a top honor at the state Criminal Justice Academy.  Detention officer Robert Chasteen graduated last Friday from the Basic Detention Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Chasteen was one of 43 graduates.  The Bert Friday award goes to the individual with the highest overall academic average. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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On day 10, new school reached 1,000 students

The new Walhalla High reached an enrollment of 1,000 yesterday—the tenth day of the new school year.  Meantime, enrollment at the high school nearest Walhalla—-the Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School was 251.  That’s a 14% drop from what it was a year ago, according to numbers released today by the Oconee School District.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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John Emerson Ayers

John Emerson Ayers, 88, of 1883 Sequoya Way, Seneca died Tuesday at his home.  He was the husband of Reba Busha Ayers.  The funeral will be noon Thursday at Earles Grove Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family receives friends from 11 a-m to noon, prior to the service at the church.  The family is at […]

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New Andrew Pickens ranger


Tennessee native Robert Sitzlar was named today the new district ranger for the Andrew Pickens District at Mountain Rest.  Sitzlar is to succeed the retired Mike Crane the middle part of next month.  He comes to South Carolina from Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, where he has worked for nearly 10 years. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Prison term suspended


A deliberate shooting or a negligent accident?  The question was decided today in the Oconee General Sessions Court when the court allowed a 58-year old man to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.  A sheriff’s officer and two sisters of the deceased wanted Roger Lane Qualls tried on the charge of murder.  But Qualls said, “I handled a gun recklessly.  It […]

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September 1, 1939’s place in world history

Most of what we know about why September 1, 1939 is so important to world history is what we’ve heard or read.  Unless you happen to be of a certain age and can remember when Germany invaded Poland which started the Second World War in Europe.  Seneca resident Lowell Ross was alive then, although only seven years old.  Ross spoke […]

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Traffic barrels in the middle of Main

The reason for traffic barrels in the middle of Walhalla’s Main Street is to allow the workers to survey and position the islands, as part of Streetscape.  It means Hutch ‘n Son crews will start to take out the asphalt for the islands, to be followed by curbing for the islands.  Some electrical conduit will be associated with the island […]

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Donald “Donnie” Edward Ward

Donald “Donnie” Edward Ward, 63, of 714 E. Brucke Road, Seneca died Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Linda White Ward.  Funeral services will be 2 p-m Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Flowers are accepted.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society via  The […]

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Tim O’Nilee Hall Jr.

Tim O’nilee Hall Jr., 86, of 104 Playground Road, Walhalla died Sunday at his home.  He was the husband of Jean Elijah Hall and a former CEO, President and chairman of the board of Blue Ridge Bank.  The family receives friends from 6-8 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 2 p-m Friday at Walhalla First Baptist […]

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