Sex crimes bring prison sentence

A 36-year old man today was sent to prison for 18 years after he pleaded guilty in the Oconee General Sessions Court to multiple sex offenses, including the charge of incest.  Judge Letitia Verdin handed down the sentence to Casey Gaines who pleaded guilty to incest and criminal sexual conduct with a minor second degree and resolve charges in both […]

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Farm dinner November 12

The Oconee County farm community will come together early next month to celebrate another year of local agriculture.  Eddie Martin of the Oconee Soil and Water Conservation District says the county’s agriculture interests are returning to the Fellowship Hall of the South Union Baptist Church for this year’s “Celebration of Agriculture” banquet.  The event takes place Thursday night, November 12. […]

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Asphalt pouring possible today

The contractor says the first new asphalt to be placed down as part of Walhalla Streetscape is possible today for the Main Street block between Tugaloo and College streets.  Yesterday preparations were halted by the breakdown of Hutch ‘N Son’s milling machinery.  “Large machines like that will do that from time to time,” according to today’s project report.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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For Wahalla, it was a very good year–moneywise

So much federal money passed thru Walhalla City Hall that it bolstered the bottom line for 2014-15.  Outside auditor Jason White says the audit reflects federal monies used by Walhalla to pay for Streetscape and the rehabilitation of utility lines in the former Chicopee Mill community.  White gave the mayor and the city council last night a modified opinion of […]

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Ray Herron

Ray Eugene Herron, 84, of 410 Rich Mountain Road, Westminster died Monday at the Cottingham Hospice House.  He was the husband of Mary Sue Suttles Herron.  The funeral will be 2 pm Wednesday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in First Baptist Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 1-2 pm prior to the service at […]

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More time to measure the noise!

Oconee County Council may not have all of the exact data they’d like for the county noise law.  The decibel levels, reported last night by Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, aren’t are conclusive as hoped.  Which prompted Crenshaw to say, “I’m curious to know what the readings would be with the leaves off the trees.”  Among the locations where officers measured the […]

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Tamassee-Salem supporters bend the ears

Tamassee-Salem supporters returned last night to Pine Street.  This time they were on the other side of the street to address the Oconee County Council.  During council’s public comment session, nine speakers requested the council play hardball with the school district’s budget and exercise leverage in the hope that the school trustees will reverse their decision to close the middle/high […]

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New developments in policeman’s arrest

An internal complaint to the police chief led to the arrest this week of a city policeman.  According to a statement issued yesterday afternoon by City Administrator Nancy Goehle, Zach Covington has been terminated from his employment.  The state Law Enforcement Division yesterday announced the arrest of the 25-year old Covington on the charge of assault and battery third degree.  […]

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Salem could use a boost!

The school closure vote last night, in the view of at least two Oconee County Council members, is a demonstration that the Salem area could use a boost from the general government side of Pine Street.  Edda Cammick, chairwoman of the county budget and finance committee, indicated today she will step up her effort to provide assistance to a town […]

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