Rumor–roof leak at the new high school

A speaker during last night’s meeting of the Oconee school trustees said there’s a rumor that the roof leaks at the new Walhalla High School.  And today a district administrator said, “There have been a few issues as you have with any new building.”  But Steve Hanvey said the roofing company has taken care of the leaking roof flashing—pieces of […]

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School supporters return in smaller numbers

Tamassee-Salem supporters returned in smaller numbers to last night’s meeting of the Oconee School Board of Trustees.  Though many of their expressions were subdued, they are still hopeful the trustees will see fit to reverse their decision and keep open their middle and high school beyond the end of the current school year.  Two of last night’s speakers—Lynn and Eddie […]

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Stolen bus recovered

Oconee School District has been reunited with one of its activity buses stolen during the weekend in Walhalla.  The police say the bus was taken from the parking lot of Walhalla Middle School.  Chief Ronald Wilbanks says county officers found the bus apparently abandoned in a driveway outside the city.   An investigation is underway to determine who stole the bus […]

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Traffic accidents in Seneca and Walhalla

The police say those involved in a head-on crash early last night in Walhalla are fortunate. Capt. Paul Harris said there were no injuries at S. John and Broad streets, but the cars were destroyed.  A law enforcement source reports minor injuries occurred yesterday morning in Seneca in the crash of a city truck with another vehicle at E-S 2nd […]

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Walhalla home fire

Damage is described as serious as the result of a home fire late last night in Walhalla.  Oconee Fire Dispatch reported three people inside the home at 702 W-S Broad Street were able to get out of the home without injury.  Multiple fire units responded.  The first call came shortly after 9:30. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Coroner’s follow-up death-in-custody announcement

Coroner Karl Addis releases this follow-up announcement to his earlier reports on the death of an inmate in custody:  “I have had several email inquiries this (Monday)afternoon regarding the death of Mr. Ernest Lee Smalley, Jr. Mr. Smalley, 33, of Seneca, died at 6:33 pm in the intensive care unit at GMH on Tuesday evening October 27th.  Mr. Smalley sustained cardiac […]

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Stolen school bus found

A report this afternoon indicates that a stolen Oconee school activity bus has been found.  The bus was stolen from the parking lot of Walhalla Middle School during the weekend, and Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks believes county officers may have located the bus this afternoon in an area near Bear Swamp Road.  No arrests yet.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Family wants answers about inmate’s death

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The family of a Seneca man who died after being inside a holding cell at the Oconee Detention Center wants answers as to what happened and complained today they haven’t received as much communication as they would like.  Members of the family of Ernest Lee Smalley Jr. gathered on the sidewalk next to the Oconee Law Enforcement Center for a […]

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