Strategy manager hired for Destination Oconee

The tourism-based project Destination Oconee has a manager.  Announcement is being made of the hiring of Janet Hartman, Iowa native, who is joining efforts of the Oconee Economic Alliance after having worked as downtown development manager in Blairsville, Georgia.  Hartman will take charge of implementing a strategy for “Destination Oconee:  Realizing the Future of Oconee County.”  She also will help […]

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New assignment for former Oconeean

Former Oconee County resident Hayley Thrift is the new communications director for the office of the South Carolina Attorney General.  Thrift took the job April 1.  She is a 2007 graduate of Seneca High School, graduated in 2011 from Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations.  She worked two years for the William Mills public relations firm in Atlanta.  […]

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Conyous Prater Whitfield

  Conyous Prater Whitfield, 97, of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, formerly of Westminster, passed away on April 6, 2016. Visitation is Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 AM in the fellowship hall of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Services will follow at 12:00 PM in the church sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon […]

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Judge to rule against school challenge

Lynne Martin, the plaintiff in a legal challenge to closing the middle and high school in Salem, has confirmed talk that she has learned a judge will rule in favor of the Oconee School District.  Which means that Judge Maddox will uphold the school board’s decision to close Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School at the end of the current year.  The town […]

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A street “not used by the general public”

With an amendment, the Oconee County Council agreed last night to end maintenance of a county road near Walhalla described “not used by the general public.”  As part of the action, the council consents to the judicial abandonment and the close of a part of Hetrick Street near Walhalla and not far from where a Bojangles restaurant is proposed.  Council […]

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Candidates invited to Seneca meeting

All local candidates seeking election have an invitation to participate next week in a meeting of the Oconee Republican Party.  The meeting takes place at 6 o’clock Monday night at Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center.  A meet and greet the candidates will start at 5:30.  Bob Skipp, chairman of the Oconee GOP, plans a candidates’ debate at the party’s May meeting […]

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Exploitation of vulnerable adult alleged in Oconee

Authorities have confirmed the arrest this week of a Beaufort woman in Oconee County on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable adult.  Arrest warrant affidavits signed by an agent of the South Carolina Attorney’s General Office allege that Sandra J. Smyth exploited a vulnerable adult in Oconee by unlawfully applying to her own profit Social Securty and retirement checks belonging […]

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Isabell Dorsey Moore

  Westminster-Isabell Dorsey Moore, 83, formerly of Westminster, passed away Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at Lila Doyle Nursing Center. The family will receive friends, 2-2:45 PM, Friday, April 8, 2016 at Sandifer Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held 3 PM, Friday, April 8, 2016 at Neville Cemetery in Walhalla across from Rocky Knoll Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may […]

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Greenery and the like for two Main Street medians

  At their next meeting, Walhalla City Council will be asked to vote on whether to accept an offer by the principals of their Streetscape general contractor.  Patti and Danny Hutchinson have offered to plant a groundcover of flowers and small trees, perhaps crepe myrtles, for the Main Street medians between the blocks of Spring and College streets.  The offer […]

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Development Corporation in the work

  The creation of a Development Corporation is in the works for Walhalla.  At a meeting last night, Mayor Danny Edwards suggested the formation of a committee that would help downtown merchants acquire grant money for façade work on their buildings.  Members of the corporation would include the city administrator, the mayor or the mayor pro-tem, the chairman of the […]

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