Opponent to water rate hike emerges

For two reasons, Berry Nichols says this is a bad time for Walhalla to raise water rates. T-J Bagwell, newly-appointed chairman of city utilities committee, is floating the idea that the extra revenue would help Walhalla offset some of the debt it will face as part of the project to build a new treatment plant. But Nichols says this is […]

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Flying club to form at airport

A club of flying enthusiasts in the formation stage has a name. It’s now looking for members. Eddie Perry of Seneca is announcing plans to form the Golden Corner Flying Club at the Oconee Regional Airport. Flying clubs are regarded as co-ops, in which three or more individuals join to share the cost of ownership and obtain the benefits of […]

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Manufactured home OK’d in Walhalla

Walhalla last night approved a special exception to its zoning ordinance to allow a new manufactured home to be placed at 502 S. Tugaloo Street. The appeal hearing by the board of zoning appeals for Kelvin and Tammy Bryant lasted fewer than 30 minutes. No neighbors spoke in opposition. The special exception was carried on a vote of 3 to […]

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New airport director one month in

One of the first things Sam Carver noticed when he started work as the new director of the Oconee Regional Airport was a hole in the security fence, and he immediately wondered how it got there. That hole was courtesy of a previous night police chase in which the suspect crashed thru the fence. It has since been repaired, but […]

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Missing student found safe

A student at Keowee Elementary School went missing for about two hours yesterday afternoon when he walked outside and the door behind him locked. The third grader, wearing a coat, left the school building shortly after 1:30, and the Sheriff’s Office was notified one hour later. Officers employed K-9 units and had the Ranger One helicopter ready to fly. But […]

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Mother ruled incompetent to stand trial

An Oconee County woman who took her four daughters across the country allegedly violating a custodial arrangement has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. The announcement was made today by General Sessions Judge Eugene Griffith. Instead, the judge announced, Laverne Marie Bennett is to be remanded to the custody of the state Department of Mental Health, pending a commitment hearing […]

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West Union man faces sex charge

According to Oconee Sheriff’s Office, a 25-year old West Union man turned himself over to the custody of a deputy yesterday to face a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree. The Sheriff’s Office identified the man booked into the Oconee Detention Center as James Andrew Massey, accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year old female on two […]

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Prison term for lewd acts

In court this morning, a former Westminster resident received a sentence amounting to 10 years for sexually abusing two members of his family. The sentence was handed down to Harold G. Fincannon, who now lives in Myrtle Beach. He pleaded guilty to two charges of lewd act on a child—offenses that occurred several years ago but were only brought to […]

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