Groundwater monitoring at closed landfill

Groundwater monitoring has been taking place at a now closed landfill near Walhalla as long ago as the 1980s, but a question that arose during a public information meeting sponsored last night by Oconee Solid Waste was whether any contaminants have been detected to the extent that Walhalla water supply could be affected.  Geologist Kevin Anderson responded this way:  “The […]

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Hotel developer: “It is gong to happen”

Tom Markovich concedes progress is slow, but he and his partner will make good on their plan to deliver a hotel—one block from Walhalla’s downtown business district.  Markovich, accompanied by partner Herb Witter, appeared before the city council with a sketch of what they envision the former courthouse will look like in their remodeling project.  But it is a hard slog for […]

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Drotning trial heads into second day

The Jacob Drotning trial resumes at 9:30 this morning at the Oconee Courthouse.  Opening testimony came yesterday from the former Minnesotan’s accuser—his ex-wife, Katherine Cook, now a resident of Georgia.  Wearing the scars of someone who was burned over more than half of her body, Cook told the jury that since her injuries she spent four months in a medically-induced […]

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Oconee to pursue nine extra school safety officers

  Two additional school resource officers approved Monday by Oconee school trustees are inadequate in the view of the county council.  After receiving citizen petitions, the council last night moved to hire nine more school officers.  The plan would cover all of the county’s elementary schools and include two non-government schools—the Oconee Christian Academy and the Eagle Ridge charter school […]

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Burn victim opens trial testimony

A woman badly scarred opened the prosecution’s part of the Oconee General Sessions Court trial, in which the woman’s husband is accused of pouring gasoline onto his wife and setting her afire. Deputy Solicitor David Wagner predicts the jury will find Jacob Drotning guilty on all four charges, even though there is a lot that the accuser, Katherine Cook, does […]

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For Halloween, state will count bats

White-nose Syndrome, and Jennifer Kindel and Mary Bunch are seeking the permission of South Carolinians who have caves and old mines on their property.  The Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will conduct annual hibernating bat counts and testing bats and their hibernation locations for the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome (WNS). Focal counties this year will include Abbeville, Anderson, Calhoun, […]

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Rosemary Bailes makes way for Joe Rukat

To the task of Oconee public education, Walhalla resident Rosemary Bailes brought a perspective born 45 years ago when she accepted an offer to teach French at Westminster High School.  After retiring as a Walhalla High teacher, Bailes served as a policymaker for education as the District Two trustee.  But she is bound for the sidelines, and last night was […]

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