Request to Pinnacle Mountain fire evacuees

Until at least the noon hour today, Pinnacle Mountain evacuees are requested to stay out of the area.  The request, thru Pickens County Emergency Management, applies to evacuees from Back Park Road, Country Creek Drive and the west side of South Saluda Road. “We understand the significance of prolonged evacuation and its inconvenience but this decision is always made in the […]

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Cathy Payne

Walhalla – Cathy Diane Smith Payne, 64, widow of the late Jessie Lee Franklin Payne, 139 Nectarine Circle, passed away Friday November 18, 2016 at her residence. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm, Monday, November 21, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 prior at the funeral home. Burial […]

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Visibility better near the Pinnacle Mountain fire

Fire fighters and related personnel are noticing better visibility today near the Pickens County Pinnacle mountain fire.  But the toll there is increasing–now at 5,095 acres.  Crews are taking hand tools to clear areas at the edge of the fire, turning over smoldering logs to allow the spraying of water from ATVs to cool off what is smoldering, according to […]

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Janice Hannah

Seneca – Janice Elaine Hannah, 70, widow of the late Buddy Jackson Hannah, 322 Rogers Road, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Cottingham Hospice House.  A memorial service will be held 1 pm, Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Bethel Baptist Church, 160 Bethel Church Road, Westminster, SC 29693. The family is at the residence.  Flowers are accepted or […]

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Oconee jobless rate falls to 4.5%

Unemployment in the county, the state, and the country is spiraling downward.  In the report for October, the Oconee jobless rate fell to 4.5%, from September 4.9%.  At 4.5%, Oconee’s rate is lower than both those of the state (4/7%) and the U-S (4.9%.) Oconee’s workforce in October was pegged at 35,371.  All but 1,594 were reported to be gainfully […]

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State funds for Oconee road projects

The Oconee state “C” Fund Committee approved an Oconee County road department request today to provide funds for 11 projects across the county.  The work will range from simple overlay to road widening to road construction.  To be funded are projects on Lepcrechaun Lane, Robinhood Drive, Charter Oak, Henry Avenue, Beaty Creek Court, Spruce Drive, E. Camelia Lane, Island Pine […]

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Road projects to accommodate Zaxby’s plans

  The state’s “C” Fund Committee for Oconee County approved up to $80 thousand for a deceleration lane and cross-over for a restaurant chain that has plans to locate in Walhalla.  The project funding approved this morning in a 2 to 1 vote separated “C” Fund Chairman Sam Dickson and Tally Grant from a third committee member, Dick Cottingham.  Grant […]

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Airport consultants get a new deal

  The firm of outside consultants to the Oconee Regional Airport has a new deal.  Airport Director Jeff Garrison announced during last night’s meeting of the county aeronautics commissioners that County Council signed off on a five-year contract for the engineering firm W-K Dickson.  Garrison wants the commissioners to read the thick proposal W-K Dickson made to the county and […]

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