Oconeean awarded scholarship

The valedictorian at the Oconee Christian Academy, Whitney Oakley, is in line for a scholarship from the South Carolina Association of Counties.  Each year the board of the organization awards four $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot, and Oconee County was selected in this year’s draw. Applicants must plan to attend […]

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Bike rally to be centered at Lake Jemiki

The two bodies of water that make up Lake Jemiki near Walhalla are going to be the backdrop for tomorrow’s annual “Rally in the Valley.”  The event offers bike rides of 30 or 60 miles through the valleys and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and supports Upstate Forever and its outreach group Oconee Forever.  The mission of those organizations […]

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Why Memorial Day is significant

The retired judge, Alex Macaulay, will stand before a crowd in Walhalla Monday and tell why Memorial Day is significant to him.  Macaulay was a medic during the war in Vietnam and he’s the featured speaker for Oconee County’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.  Everyone is invited for Monday’s noon hour event at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. The highlight will be […]

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Holiday weekend starts summer travel

The motor club AAA projects around 1.5 million Carolinians on the roads this weekend bound for Memorial Day destinations.  Most will travel by motor vehicle and the airlines. Popular destinations are Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and Denver, Colorado.  The long Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers.  Seven of […]

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Walhalla man arrested in Westminster

The police in Westminster say an anonymous tip led them to make a traffic stop this week and arrest a Walhalla man who, the police say, was wanted on multiple charges.  Law enforcement reports identify the man arrested as Kevin Daniel Kelly, passenger in an SUV that was stopped during the noon hour Tuesday on Westminster’s Norris Street.  The Oconee […]

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Cain and Sloan pleased by Sanctuary Pointe announcement

Two Oconee County leaders are encouraged by the developers’ announcement of a revised master plan to develop an I-85 Lake Hartwell peninsula.  Ken Sloan, director of the Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau, says this could be the solution to the lack of a tourism draw in the southern part of the Oconee County.  The peninsula sits near the South Carolina-Georgia […]

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Brenda Hightower

  Easley – Brenda Watkins Hightower, 68, widower of the late Henry Hightower, formerly of Seneca, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  A graveside service will be held 11am, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Park. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com SANDIFER FUNERAL HOME IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY  

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Half day classes next week

The last two days next week of the Oconee public school are half days of classes for students.  They are Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2, with Thursday the last day of the school year.  Students should be sure to take all belongings home and parents should arrange to pick up any leftover medication.  The four high schools hold […]

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Mary Perry Kane

West Union, SC— Mary Perry Kane, 82, of 301 Bridgeport Drive, West Union, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Easley, SC. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Rocky Knoll Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church, Saturday, May 28, 2016. […]

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