Federal money proposed for Oconee highway work

Highway money allocated to South Carolina for the 2016 Federal Aid Improvement Program would pay for two resurfacing projects in Oconee County.  They are nearly six miles of South Carolina 24 from SC 59/Tokeena Road to Townville and nearly two and three-quarter miles of secondary-488/the Wells Highway, from the Clemson Boulevard beyond the Shiloh Road intersection.  Projects statewide are being […]

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Southern Wesleyan proud of award-winning teacher


For Joey Bryson, education is more than a career—it’s a way of life.  Bryson, a 2003 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, embraces the challenges of teaching special education at the West-Oak Middle School in Oconee County.  She remembers the difference teachers made in the life of a cousin who had Muscular Dystrophy.  She considers education a calling as far back […]

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Car catches fire a second time

South Carolina 183/the Walhalla-Pickens Highway, was closed temporarily this morning as fire fighters put out a car fire within 100 feet of the Pickens County line.  Keowee Fire Department discovered a small car, already damaged by a previous fire, on fire again.  The car was being hauled on a rollback vehicle when it caught fire for a second time.  Richie […]

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Water no protectant from fire


As this picture demonstrates, watercraft is not immune from the potential for fire even if it is in water–such as this watercraft a few days ago in Lake Hartwell.  The snapshot of the fire debris, provided by Fair Play fire and rescue from a call to Lakeshore Drive near I-85 exit 2. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Some aspects of Streetscape faster than others

Because there is no water line to replace, the contractor expects Streetscape work on the north side of Main Street will proceed faster than that on the south side.  But it’s mixed bag, as contractor Hutch ‘N Son points out. The time consuming factor will be changing overhead electric lines to underground.  According to today’s report, “We are progressing well on […]

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Chamber hails program a success

Eight high school students are taking part in this year’s “Ambassador” program sponsored by the Greater Walhalla Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Walhalla High School.  The program is being blended into a service learning course taught by the high school’s career center.  According to Vanessa Penton at the chamber, the students volunteer time to help with chamber events and […]

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Spillway gate tests again today

The Army Corps of Engineers conducts more engineering and operations tests again today on spillway gates at the Lake Hartwell Dam.  Tests, at both the Hartwell and Thurmond dams, begin around 10 this morning.  Unlike previous tests conducted at full pool, the test at the Hartwell Dam will have only a few gates open at a time.  At Thurmond, only […]

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