Rescue training is based today at Stumphouse park

A three-day rescue training exercise is underway, based at Walhalla’s Stumphouse Tunnel Park. The Oconee Emergency Services and SC National Guard exercise includes drills using military Blackhawk helicopters staffed with civilian crews to rescue the sick and injured in remote locations. Crews are visiting locations identified by local responders as points that would prove challenging for rescue without the aid […]

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Bad Creek: an engineering marvel inside blue-granite mountain

An engineering marvel inside a blue-granite mountain in northern Oconee County is the way Duke Energy describes its Bad Creek pumped-storage hydro-electric station.  Bad Creek this year has reached a milestone—25 years in operation.  To a four-hour celebration, Duke invited current and former workers and community representatives.  The highlights were tours of the powerhouse cavern and 2,600 foot dam.  Duke’s […]

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Walhalla weighs state municipal grant

A recommendation for Walhalla to pursue a grant will come to a full vote during city council’s regular meeting Tuesday, September 20. Nancy Goehle, city administrator, says a $25 thousand dollar South Carolina Municipal Association Hometown Economic Development grant would require a Walhalla supplement of $5,250.

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Apartment unit fire accidental

A pot left on the stove has been determined to have led to early yesterday’s fire that injured one Walhalla apartment resident and damaged a duplex unit.  Capt. Mark Hollifield of the fire department says Wednesday’s 3 a-m fire at Wagener Circle apartments will go down in the books as accidental.

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Salem overcomes major water line break

Salem overcome a major line break to it water system.  The break that occurred two weeks ago on Alexander Road affected the Tamassee-Salem Elementary, but did not interrupt the school day.  Ryan Hardin, utilities superintendent, gave a report last night to the town council. “We were able to re-divert the water to the school to limp by, or make it […]

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Salem and NEXT enter 10-year lease

Three weeks after the start of the school year, the first-year charter school and the town of Salem have agreed to a lease that will cover the use of the former middle and high school building and campus for the next ten years.  The town council approved the lease last night, after town attorney Brad Norton highlighted the provisions.  For […]

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Judge: “This case has resolved itself”

Two Walhalla neighbors saw their city court case resolve itself when Municipal Judge Jim Williams instructed a police officer there shall be no further prosecution of a citation issued to Dogwood Drive resident Scott Smith.  The police issued a citation charging Smith May 16 with failing to prevent his German Shepard from running at large.  Smith later surrendered the dog […]

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Ginger Runner Lewis

Salem, SC — Ginger Runner Lewis, 70, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016, in her sleep with her husband, Howard Lewis, by her side.  They resided at 138 Howgin Hollar Dr. in Salem, South Carolina. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Salem United Methodist Church, 520 Church Street, Salem, SC, with reception […]

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