Seneca observes Black History Month

Seneca observes Black History Month with a free luncheon today for which all available seating at the Gignilliat Community Center has been taken.  The keynoter will be a former Senecan who graduated from Blue Ridge, the city’s former all-black high school, and went onto to distinguish himself in a landmark-setting career in the legal field.  The Hon. Jasper Cureton, a […]

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Assault alleged in front of church

A Greenville woman has been ordered to court in Walhalla to answer a charge that she caused a cut and swelling over the eye of an elderly woman at the entrance to a church near West Union.  Marie Renae Davis, 51, was arrested and charged by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office with assault and battery third degree.  In a report filed […]

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Public makes request of state lawmakers

Oconee’s state lawmakers heard calls last night for the state to reverse field and close the Medicaid gap and to do away with electronic voting.  About 25 people attended last night’s meeting of the county Legislative Delegation, and five people addressed the lawmakers.  Eleanor Hare and Rosellen Aleguire expressed similar sentiments.  They are suspicious of South Carolina’s electronic voting method […]

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Search day produces no luck

Another day in the search for North Carolina resident Scott Turner produced no luck.  Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services says in yesterday’s search, 75 personnel from three states were deployed to look in a wooded area near the Chattooga River.  They searched on foot.  An airplane from the state Commission of Forestry also conducted fly-overs. Turner’s truck has been […]

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Bojangles: “Not a done deal”

In recent weeks, talk has circulated that the Walhalla area is in line for a Bojangles restaurant.  On the agenda next week for the city council is this item:  “Annexation incentives for Bojangles.”  Councilman Lamar Bailes tonight said he can’t talk about the possibility, saying, “It’s not a done deal.” VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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As part of a drill, student identifies “intruder”

Miguel Estrada from  WOMS

As part of a drill, a student at West-Oak Middle School identified a make-believe intruder and assisted his teacher.  And, for that, Miguel Estrada was recognized during this week’s meeting of the Oconee School Board of Trustees.  A deputy sheriff, Ryan Overton, entered the school in plain clothes and mingled with students eating lunch.  Miguel noticed the “intruder” immediately and […]

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Absentee balloting expected to pick up

Absentee voting is expected to pick up in the days leading to South Carolina’s Presidential primaries—–especially as Democratic and Republican candidates step up their campaigning in the state that makes the claim as the First in the South primary.  If you can qualify to vote absentee, you can cast your vote at the Oconee Office of Registrations and Elections on […]

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NRC correspondence with Duke Energy

A question that begs a definitive answer is whether an earthquake-tsunami sequence, such as that which struck Japan a few years ago, is the kind of natural event that could repeat itself at U-S nuclear plants.  U-S plants are designed to include monitoring instruments to detect seismic activity and trigger a plant shutdown if the ground motion exceeds a specified […]

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Concrete pour is iffy today

Today’s forecast is promising the thermometer will hit 50 degrees, but the cold this morning makes Walhalla Streetscape sidewalk work iffy, at best.  The plan for Hutch ‘n Son calls for a plastic cover over any concrete poured today for the new sidewalk on the south side of Main, from Ann to the Steak House.  Meantime, the sidewalk in that […]

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When it comes to hospitals, bigger is better

Telephone booths and drive-in movie theatres have vanished across the American landscape.  So have small community hospitals.  The Oconee hospital medical staff and this year’s Leadership Oconee class are among groups who received presentations in the last week that touched on disappearing small hospitals.  The presenter, Hunter Kome, President of the GHS Oconee Medical Campus, makes the case when it […]

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