No real gain ahead in Oconee revenues

Oconee County, perhaps, approaches a new budget year with expectation that there will be no major growth in revenue. Scott Moulder, county administrator, cautioned the county council last night that several numbers have yet to come in, but the county is looking at revenue of just under $40 million for 2015-16. That would peg revenues just $1 thousand higher than […]

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Elderly man found dead in Townville fire

A 79-year old man was found dead inside the bedroom of his home that caught fire late yesterday morning at his South Carolina 24 home at Townville. Coroner Karl Addis says the victim, Woodrow Nalley, lived alone. An autopsy will be conducted this morning to help determine the cause and manner of Nalley’s death. It was a sheriff’s deputy on […]

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Gunman robs Walhalla store

A late night armed robbery in Walhalla. The police say the holdup at the Corner Store on W. Main Street occurred about 11:30 last night. According to Chief Ronald Wilbanks, last night’s robber chose a time when there was no one else in the store—other than he and the store clerk. No one was injured. According to Wilbanks, as much […]

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Hinton hearing in day two

A young man convicted in Oconee County four years ago and sent to prison for homicide by child abuse returned to the county today in prison garb. And this time, Matthew Hinton has a new lawyer. That lawyer, Robbie Childs, is arguing in a third-floor courtroom that Hinton deserves post-conviction relief. At the age of 24 in March 2011, Hinton […]

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Accident has part of SC 183 blocked

An accident shortly after 10:15 this morning resulted in injuries on S.C. 183 in front of the Oconee Nuclear Plant.  The state patrol reported the highway blocked to thru traffic.  An hour after the accident the road apparently remained blocked, according to one motorist who said he has been sitting in traffic in front of the Wells Fargo bank near […]

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Three choices for a future school calendar

Oconee school trustees are already looking ahead at a calendar two years away. As is their practice, trustees set school calendars years in advance. For instance, the calendar is already in place for the next school year—2015-16. But, at their meeting next week, the trustees will be asked to choose among three suggested calendars for 2016-17. All three have schools […]

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School leaders talk budget with county officials

Apparently some ground work has been laid between Oconee County leaders and the school district as to the size of the next budget for the public schools. Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, announced last night that district officials have held “informal meetings” with some members of the new Oconee County Council that took office January 1. “I feel like those […]

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$2.3 million in cuts outlined

In the final months of another government year, Oconee public school officials are immersed in numbers—the financial kind and specifically how they mesh with the district’s goal to eventually balance their budget. By 2016-17, the goal is to even expenses with revenues. But, during a work session last night, trustees focused on the upcoming 2015-16 year and how to cut […]

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Harold Welborn honored for his American Legion work

Harold Welborn, commander of the Walhalla American Legion Post 124, has been recognized for the vital role he fills in post duties. At the Christmas dinner, Welborn received the Post Meritorious Service Award for his vital role. Post 124 holds regular monthly/dinner meetings at 6 o’clock on the second Monday of the month. All veterans who have served at least […]

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