Fire near Westminster

Two occupants of a home and their pet dogs are OK this morning–having exited a home on fire near Westminster.  The fire location was Dawn Drive near the Greenfield Road.  Lt. Michael Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said it’s believed the fire started in the back of home, likely in the laundry area.  An investigation is underway to determine […]

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Hospital trek on the way to governance

The large Greenville Hospital System that now counts Oconee Memorial as one of its health care providers is looking to grow beyond state borders by making governance changes.  GHS sees it as a way that, by getting bigger, its chances to survive in a rocky health care picture are enhanced with the capability to get bigger.  But some members of […]

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Final sidewalk pour hinges on weather

The Streetscape contractor has concern today for the moisture in the air.  An early decision was expected on whether a final pour of concrete takes place today toward the south side Main Street traffic lights at Ann Street. Yesterday workers poured  20 yards of concrete.  Hutch ‘N Son’s hope is that the plastic cover comes off today and the sidewalk […]

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Search today as long as the weather allows

Crews are back at work this morning in the search for Scott Turner from Haywood, NC. Seven search dogs and 62 personnel are currently at Mountain Rest.  Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Preparedness says, “We will work through the day as long as the weather will allow. We appreciate the continued support from the community.”  

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Seneca observes Black History Month

Seneca observes Black History Month with a free luncheon today for which all available seating at the Gignilliat Community Center has been taken.  The keynoter will be a former Senecan who graduated from Blue Ridge, the city’s former all-black high school, and went onto to distinguish himself in a landmark-setting career in the legal field.  The Hon. Jasper Cureton, a […]

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Assault alleged in front of church

A Greenville woman has been ordered to court in Walhalla to answer a charge that she caused a cut and swelling over the eye of an elderly woman at the entrance to a church near West Union.  Marie Renae Davis, 51, was arrested and charged by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office with assault and battery third degree.  In a report filed […]

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Public makes request of state lawmakers

Oconee’s state lawmakers heard calls last night for the state to reverse field and close the Medicaid gap and to do away with electronic voting.  About 25 people attended last night’s meeting of the county Legislative Delegation, and five people addressed the lawmakers.  Eleanor Hare and Rosellen Aleguire expressed similar sentiments.  They are suspicious of South Carolina’s electronic voting method […]

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Search day produces no luck

Another day in the search for North Carolina resident Scott Turner produced no luck.  Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services says in yesterday’s search, 75 personnel from three states were deployed to look in a wooded area near the Chattooga River.  They searched on foot.  An airplane from the state Commission of Forestry also conducted fly-overs. Turner’s truck has been […]

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Bojangles: “Not a done deal”

In recent weeks, talk has circulated that the Walhalla area is in line for a Bojangles restaurant.  On the agenda next week for the city council is this item:  “Annexation incentives for Bojangles.”  Councilman Lamar Bailes tonight said he can’t talk about the possibility, saying, “It’s not a done deal.”

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As part of a drill, student identifies “intruder”

Miguel Estrada from  WOMS

As part of a drill, a student at West-Oak Middle School identified a make-believe intruder and assisted his teacher.  And, for that, Miguel Estrada was recognized during this week’s meeting of the Oconee School Board of Trustees.  A deputy sheriff, Ryan Overton, entered the school in plain clothes and mingled with students eating lunch.  Miguel noticed the “intruder” immediately and […]

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