New body cameras and tasers for the police

To comply with new state law, the Seneca police chief is requesting funds to buy body cameras for his officers and new tasers to subdue uncooperative suspects.  Chief John Covington gave a quote to the mayor and the council last night from a company that does business with the Oconee Sheriff’s Office.  To provide 27 body cameras and related equipment, […]

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Defendant waives hearing in Pickens County homicide case

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office  received notice from the Pickens County Magistrate’s Office that a bond hearing scheduled for Kasey Clayton Waldrop has been waived at the request of the Public Defender’s Office. Waldrop charged with the murder of Townville resident Reza Farah Khan will be transported back to Greenville County where he will remain in custody pending his release […]

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Two applications before Oconee appeals board

Two applications were in front of Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals, at its meeting last night in Walhalla.  The board tabled action on Clements Electrical’s request for a variance to expand its warehouse.  Board members unanimously approved a special exception to allow for future expansion of the Cherokee Creek Boys School near Georgia.  The school helps children considered low level […]

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Child sex case resolved by guilty plea

A 64-year old Oconeean has been ordered to prison for 25 years to satisfy a plea of guilty this morning to the charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor first degree.  The potential sentence for Michael Edward Burdette of the Dr. John’s Road ranged from 25 years to life.  Under South Carolina sentencing rules, Burdette must serve 85% of […]

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Dates set for two Oconee road projects

Dates were set today for the start of two road improvement projects in Oconee County. Ashmore Brothers, division of the Rogers Group, will make improvements to secondary 488, the Wells Highway, from Stephens Road to U-S 76/123; and SC 24, the West-Oak Highway, from highway 59/the Tokeena road to the Anderson County.  The work is to begin Tuesday, March 1 and […]

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Walhalla teams win robotics tourney


The VEX Robotics team of Walhalla High and Middle School took part and won the championship in this month’s “Nothing But Net” tournament at Pendleton High School. Students built and programmed a robot using the VEX platform based on the criteria of an engineering challenge. The competition is considered an important initiative in “STEM”–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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