Drought recovery termed complete

On this rainy morning, the Army Corps of Engineers calls the recovery from drought complete. The Hartwell Reservoir rose more than two feet above the Drought Level 1 trigger at 3 o’clock yesterday morning, and that prompted a switch to normal operations. The flow restriction at the Thurmond Dam is now removed. Mild weather means the demand for peak energy […]

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Training set for Walhalla police officers

A training schedule is in place for Walhalla’s newest police officers. Chief Ronald Wilbanks announced this week that Zach Covington, who joined the force two months ago, will leave Sunday for a 12-week course at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia. A second addition to the police force is former North Carolina policeman Sean Brinson. Because Brinson was […]

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Daylight Saving Time this weekend!

Here’s a reminder. Daylight Saving Time kicks in this weekend. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour. If you set those clocks ahead an hour before going to bed Saturday night, you’ll be on the right time when you wake up Sunday morning.  The time change is always a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. […]

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Assault report investigated

Police rushed to a home near Walhalla at 11 this morning after getting a report that someone had been assaulted with a baseball bat. The injured person, identified as a male, was being examined by EMS workers from Oconee hospital at a trailer home on E. South Boundary near Spring Street. And a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said the […]

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Emergency food and shelter allocation

Oconee County has been chosen to receive more than $30 thousand dollars in federal funds for emergency food and shelter purposes. The money comes from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program of “FEMA”—the Federal Emergency and Management Agency. A local board will now decide how the money will be distributed among food and shelter programs run by local […]

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OK now to flush the toilets!

The sewer portion of the new Walhalla High School has been finished. Scott Parris, city utilities director, announced last night that DHEC has issued a permit and toilets at the new school may now be flushed. The new Walhalla High remains on schedule to open for class when the next school year starts in Oconee County—Tuesday, August 18.

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Streetscape: no contract yet

Walhalla has given the contractor, Hutch ‘N Son Construction, the nod to undertake Streetscape. But, as yet, there is no contract. The mayor and the council were told last night that it’s going to take the state Department of Commerce 30 days to approve the contract. Scott Parris, utilities director, says the state agency is holding a $500 thousand grant […]

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Over Duncan’s objection, Homeland bill OK’d

The U-S House of Representatives has sent President Obama a Homeland Security bill—without conditions. The House passed the bill 257-167, with South Carolina Third District’s Jeff Duncan in the minority. The Republican from Laurens said he voted no because the bill did not contain language needed to stop, what he called, the President’s illegal executive actions. Opponents sought immigration-related concessions. […]

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Time to think transportation

Two years after the opening of the new Sheep Farm Road and some 10 years or more after planning for that project began, Oconee County leaders are being urged to think up ideas for new transportation projects. At a meeting last night Steve Pelissier, executive director of the regional Appalachian Council of Governments, urged the council to develop a new […]

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Police get “leads” on store holdup

Since going public with an appeal for the public’s help, the Walhalla police have received tips on who robbed a Main Street convenience store. And Chief Ronald Wilbanks told the mayor and council last night his officers are sorting through those leads to determine whether one or more will result in the arrest of the man who last month held […]

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