Probate Judge readies for same-sex marriage requests

Unless there’s another stay, the office of Oconee Probate Judge next week will start to accept applications from same-sex couples to marry. And the staff at the office of Judge Kenny Johns today began working on a revised form to facilitate such applications. Johns anticipates Attorney General Alan Wilson will appeal yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge. Unless such an […]

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At the new Walhalla High, space won’t be an issue

At this point Oconee School District has no specific expectations for additional student enrollment at the new Walhalla High School from outside the Walhalla attendance area. But, if some of those out of attendance area students want to enroll in a new high school, they and their families are free to make that decision under the district’s school choice policy, […]

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Financial commitment sought to expansd bus service

Oconee County’s transit advisory task force held several meetings for study and talk. It’s now time for the task force to send its recommendations to the county council. Tuesday night council will be asked to make a financial commitment to expand Clemson Area Transit service to Walhalla and Westminster. The task force seeks funding for a purple route, from Seneca […]

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Clemson students make films of historic Appalachian community

Clemson students will showcase their original video productions on Saturday of a small Appalachian community in PickensCounty known as Liberia—founded by freed salves after the Civil War and which remains occupied by their descendants nearly two centuries later.  The films were shot during the October 2013 SoapstoneBaptistChurch fish fry, a monthly fundraising event. “The church is the core of a […]

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After referendum failure, where Salem turns next

At this week’s meeting of the Salem Town Council, there was discussion of the failure of last week’s countywide referendum which, if passed, would have benefited the Salem area in a couple of projects. Clerk-Treasurer Kim Alexander says her town will now consider other options, including grant applications, to help attract growth in the northern end of the county. Among […]

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Museum project A-OK with Seneca regulatory board

After the architect made changes, the plans for a new Seneca museum received approval last night from a city regulatory board.  After a short hearing, at which no one voiced any opposition, the Board of Architectural Review approved a certificate of appropriateness for the BerthaLeeStricklandCulturalMuseum at 208-210 W. S. 2nd Street.  Board member Dr. John Martin, curator of the nearby […]

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Chimney fire season

Today was a shirt-sleeve day outdoors. But if the forecasts ring true Oconeeans and the rest of the Southeast will be bundling up this weekend. And, to ward off a temperature drop of 30 or more degrees, many Oconeeans for the first time this season will strike the match to a woodstove or a fireplace fire. Commensurate with that come […]

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Northeast Georgia hospital in crisis

The Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center at Lavonia, Georgia is in financial crisis, and the county of Franklin is coming to its aid. Two years after its grand opening, the hospital is in a crisis so severe that it can’t make its next bond payment, due December 1. According to Lavonia’s WLHR, it now falls to Franklin County to make […]

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Judge strikes down South Carolina marriage ban

A federal judge ruled today against South Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  The civil rights organization the Human Rights Campaign says Judge Richard Mark Gergel’s ruling makes the PalmettoState the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since last June’s U-S Surpeme Court ruling.  According to the Williams Institute, Los Angeles-based think tank, in South Carolina […]

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