Sam Crane

Sam Jeffrey Crane, 52, of 403 Dodge City Drive, Walhalla died Sunday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  Survivors include his companion of the home, Sherry Elgin.  A memorial service will be 1 pm Wednesday at Westminster Church of God.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Melvin Certain Sr.

Melvin Willard Certain, Sr., widower of the late Ida Geneva Simmons Certain, 708 East North First Street, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm, prior to the service at the church. Burial […]

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Developers savor hospital property

For nearly 50 years, the expressed philosophy of Oconee Memorial Hospital has been to reserve unused property on the hospital grounds for medical-related purposes only.   But that hasn’t stopped commercial developers from savoring what could be.  Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus of the Greenville Hospital System, said last night that rarely a week passes without someone inquiring […]

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Covington case restored to “pre-trial” status

The Solicitor’s Office succeeded this afternoon in restoring the State’s case against a former Walhalla policeman to the position of “pre-trial, jury strike.”  The ruling judge said the status of the case against Zach Covington returns to where it was before a hearing last Tuesday, when the charge of assault and battery third degree was dismissed.  Today, however, Magistrate Will […]

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Michelin: “Still in negotiations”

The next few days likely will tell whether the wait for Michelin will have been worth it.  Richard Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance, this morning confirmed that Michelin’s option to buy property at the county’s Golden Corner Commerce Park expires at the end of the month.  “Still in discussions” is the word we got this morning from […]

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McCall wants a third term

The Walhalla area member of the Oconee County Council will ask the voters this year to re-elect him.  Wayne McCall today is announcing his candidacy for a third term in office.  He remains a Republican.  District Two’s McCall identifies hot issues ahead as the need for Oconeeans to recycle more and the need for stricter rules covering water safety, in […]

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Woman found dead in Pickens County lake

A woman’s body was found at a boat ramp yesterday morning at Saluda Lake in Pickens County.  The county Sheriff’s Office reports the body showed severe trauma to the head.  By yesterday, no witnesses had been identified or located.  Detectives believe the wound to the head is characteristic of a gun shot, though no weapon was found.  A coroner’s autopsy […]

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Walhalla team excels in national event

Word reached Walhalla Saturday of good fortune enjoyed by a team of Walhalla High students who competed in ROTC competition at Camp Perry on the shores of Lake Erie.  The Walhalla students involved were Joseph Bryant, Elizabeth Cobb, Carter Duke, Nicholas Hightower, and Matthew Smith.  Matthew won a first place in Army ROTC national competition.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Helping make the vote process move along

Two Westminster men  are examples of those who help make the voting process as smooth and as efficient as can be.  Nick Williams and Mike Williamon are among many Oconeeans who spent sun-up to sundown Saturday working the polls.  They tell us the work brings an inner satisfaction.  Walhalla’s Hal Duke told us much the same.  He was glad to […]

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