Colleges’ best orators

A Tri-County Technical College student from Westminster was one of five Tech students who placed in at least one event during the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association’s College Festival. Chelsea Adams, an associate in science major, placed first in the Audition Monologues category. Her Tech team placed second overall as a college just two points behind Limestone College. This […]

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Fuel free-fall coming to an end!

The cost of gasoline at the pump has been ticking upward and the reality, according to the motor club AAA Carolinas, is an end to the lowest prices since 2009. This week’s increases come on the heels of gas prices falling nationally for a record 123 consecutive days before inching higher January 27. Gas prices are typically low during the […]

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Congressional Republicans stand for religious liberty

Eight members of the South Carolina Congressional delegation sent an open letter to the 64 colleges and universities in the state, as a way to stand up for the First Amendment religious freedoms of students and student groups on campus. The letter was organized by Third District Representative Jeff Duncan. The letter specifically mentions recent action by the California State […]

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How to protect your mail

The arrest this week of an out of state man who allegedly stole mail in West Union leads the Oconee Sheriff’s Office to offer tips on how to prevent your mail from being stolen. Franklin, North Carolina resident Roy England Norvell Jr. was arrested Sunday after an officer saw the 83-year old Norvell allegedly open a mailbox on Elizabeth Drive […]

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Hilley returns to banking world

Walhalla native and retired Seneca banker Lamar Hilley has returned to the banking world. Greer State Bank has named Hilley as community relations manager for commercial and small business lending in the Tri-County area of Oconee, Anderson and Pickens. He will join Art Wray, who serves as VP and Mortgage Loan Officer for Greer State Bank, in the newly-constructed Town […]

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Water link break on Main

Trouble this morning on Walhalla’s Main Street. In front of Ken’s Thriftee Pharmacy, the roots from one of those Bradford Pear trees apparently wrapped around the city’s water line and caused the line to break. Scott Parris, utilities director, said the break occurred as city workers were removing the tree stump.  He called it a small service line.  It was […]

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Amenities, including splash pad, for Walhalla Pool

Walhalla’s elected leaders are considering a first-ever splash pad at the municipal swimming pool—designed for children not ready for the depths of water in the pool. Councilwoman Jennifer Crawford told her colleagues last night her research into splash pads tells her that the right pad should be something that Walhalla can afford and obtain in time for the 2015 swimming […]

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Car flips at sharp curve near West Union

A woman driver walked away apparently uninjured from what was a serious accident late yesterday afternoon near West Union. Her four-door sedan turned over at the curve near the Johnson Controls Plant and she, temporarily, was trapped in the wreckage. With help from the volunteer West Union Fire Department, Walhalla fire fighters freed the trapped driver using their Jaws of […]

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Walhalla nixes in-town sewer rate for new school

Like other out of town customers, Oconee School District will have to bear a larger sewer rate for the new Walhalla High School on South Carolina 11. In response to comments last night by Councilman Lamar Bailes, utilities superintendent Scott Parris said he does not favor approving the school district’s request to charge the lower in-city rate to the new […]

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