Water line break near Walhalla

The break of an 8-inch water line near Walhalla prompted the utilities superintendent last night to order a boil water advisory to cover customers on the north side of the city limits.  The break occurred on South Carolina 11 near 183.  Scott Parris, utilities director, predicted that it would take several hours for repairs.  In the meantime, the advisory means […]

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Fair Play fire under investigation


Oconee County authorities are investigating a home fire late yesterday afternoon on the Dairy Farm Road in the Fair Play community.  Shortly after 5 o’clock, fire fighters encountered fire and smoke coming from the front of that house.  Nearly 30 fire fighters from Fair Play, Crossroads, South Union, and Oakway were able to bring a stop to the fire within […]

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Levis Corbin Smith

Levis Corbin Smith, 73, of 571 Goat Road, Walhalla died Wednesday at his home.  He was the husband of Wilma Nanette Bryson.  The funeral will be 2 pm Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Friday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers accepted.  The family is at the home.  Condolences may be sent to the […]

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Lillian Cring wins Lions Club art contest


The artwork by a student at the Seneca Middle School took first place in a Lions club poster contest centered on a theme of peace.  Jillian Cring’s winning entry and those of other students are currently being displayed at Martha’s Marketplace Cafe in Walhalla, before they are returned to the middle school. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Drug crackdown in Seneca

Narcotics division police officers in Seneca say they have 39 warrants for the arrests of 28 people, charging violations of the state’s drug laws.  Police Chief John Covington says during the last six to eight months his department has received complaints of illegal drug deals throughout the city.  Those complaints have placed in motion undercover drug buys that target dealers […]

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Economist Yandle’s forecast for 2016

The noted Clemson-based economist Bruce Yandle uses multiple financial numbers and indicators to assess where the economy is headed, but he also relies a lot on what he sees.  And he does not reject an individual’s feelings to help gauge economic vitality.  It’s why that whenever he drives into Oconee County to speak to a business forum of the Economic […]

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LINDE + WIEMANN gave Oconee a look

The automotive part supply company that will build a plant in a Hart County, Georgia I-85 industrial park gave neighboring Oconee County a look, but Richard Blackwell says, at this time, Oconee simply couldn’t meet the needs of the company LINDE + WIEMANN.  Those needs included a ready building close to the interstate highway.  Although Oconee’s missed opportunity is the […]

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Citizenship and Immigration Test required next year

Whether a student is a citizen or not, the taking of a U-S Citizenship and Immigration Test will be a requirement for freshmen classes at Oconee high schools starting next year.  Ginger Hopkins, assistant superintendent for instruction, says the test becomes a requirement starting with the 2016-17 year.  While students are not required to meet a minimum score, the county […]

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Corn growers lok for fresh start in 2016

South Carolina corn growers escaped the wrath of the epic rainfall of last October, but the damage had already been done.  Before that brutal storm, a severe summer drought and heat wave scorched cornfields throughout most of the state.  Farmers lost tens of millions of dollars, thousands of acres of planted corn were destroyed and much of the corn that […]

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