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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Design-build touted for Walhalla water project

Walhalla City Council has scheduled a vote in two weeks on whether to pursue a design-build concept for its new water plant on Lake Keowee. Scott Parris, city utilities director, told a meeting of the mayor and council last night the idea amounts to “construction management at risk” similar to what the Oconee School District employed for its new Walhalla […]

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Pioneer water approves rate increase

  In anticipation of their project to build a treatment plant, the policymakers for Pioneer Rural Water District have approved a rate increase. The one dollar, 30-cent increase on the base rate for a customer’s bill will go into effect in 60 days and is estimated to generate $350 thousand in additional revenue for the water supplier serving parts of […]

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Multi-use park envisioned at Long Creek

Long Creek Community Club is looking for funding to enhance the community center with the hope of creating a multi-use park in their mountainous area. Club leaders want the opinions of all Long Creek and surrounding residents to determine the kinds of amenities and activities for the park to feature. Forms for the “Long Creek Park and Community Center Survey” […]

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Jocassee scenic spots makes the cover!

A scenic spot on Lake Jocassee graces the cover of the 2015 Vacation Guide of South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism. And Oconee County tourism promoter Ken Sloan says it’s going to bode well to draw attention to a prized resource that is not well known in other parts of the state and elsewhere. The cover picture is that of […]

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Special exhibit opens Friday

How South Carolina got its shape is a story of adventure, politics and boundary making. And you can learn all about it through an exhibit that opens Friday evening at the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. The exhibit features original maps from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society and quotations concerning the science of surveying from noted surveyor […]

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New theory on pool vandalsim

Instead of damage caused by Walhalla swimming pool bathroom vandals, is it possible that a deteriorating block wall collapsed on its own or became weak from changing weather? One police officer admits it’s a theory that has not been discounted. But, unless proved otherwise, Capt. Paul Harris says, the police are proceeding with the belief that what happened was a […]

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Bridge replacement underway on Bountyland Road

Part of Oconee’s rural Bountyland Road is blocked to thru traffic as part of a detour, created by the start of a bridge replacement project. The bridge being replaced is located near the Foothills Community Church. The project is being financed through a contract issued last year as part of South Carolina’s Act 98 Program. The work is expected to […]

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Alexander takes part in university luncheon

State Senator Thomas Alexander, Oconee-Pickens Republican, was among area lawmakers who took part in this year’s Legislative Appreciation Luncheon at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. The university presented a number of students to show Alexander and the other lawmakers examples of students whose college education depends on state and federal aid. For his part, Alexander stressed his long time support […]

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