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Powell’s eyes widen open for 502 E. Main

December 31, 2013

If Oconee County winds up putting 502 E. Main in Walhalla on the market, realtor John Powell says he would consider acquiring the old house. Powell has a history of preserving what’s old in that particular neighborhood. A few years ago, he saved a former Methodist church parsonage from the wrecking ball, renovated it, before…

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Investors to be sought for hotel project

December 31, 2013

Financing to pull off the conversion of the former Oconee Courthouse into a boutique-type hotel remains a problem as the year 2013 winds to a close. But John Powell and his partner intend to pursue a new strategy early next year. “We’re going to be having a meeting in February to invite anyone who would…

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2013 a very soggy year!

December 31, 2013

The rain gauge for the U-S Official Weather Observer in Walhalla did not hit 100 inches of rain during the year, but it came close. Barbara Wilson reports 2013 was the wettest year (91.36”) in her family’s record books and July the wettest month (15.13”.)

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County closing on New Year’s

December 31, 2013

All Oconee County solid waste facilities will close for New Year’s Day tomorrow.

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Electric buses to debut next week

December 31, 2013

The official date for Seneca to make the switch from gas diesel passenger buses to electric buses remains January 6. And on Monday next week the four electric buses will start to pick up passengers for rides throughout the “CAT” bus service area in Seneca and between Seneca and Clemson. Meantime, Seneca has decided to…

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McMahan: “happy” and “glad”

December 31, 2013

The lead plaintiff in a zoning challenge against Oconee County says he’s happy and glad for Judge McIntosh’s ruling which holds that a county’s zoning rules may not conflict with the protections offered under South Carolina’s Right to Farm Act. David McMahan expressed uncertainty as to the direct ramifications of the judge’s ruling, but he…

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Vandals strike in Oconee

December 30, 2013

As many as four Oconee County vehicles in Walhalla were the targets of vandals and thieves. Assistant county administrator Glenn Breed says the crimes were committed in the parking area at the county building on Kenneth Street. Fuel lines were cut and gasoline was removed from the vehicles.  

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Rush to pay county taxes

December 30, 2013

The rush is on to pay 2013 Oconee County property tax bills. Earlier today there were few, if any, open parking spots outside the county’s tax center at Pine Street. The close of business tomorrow is the deadline for Oconeeans to pay in-person and still qualify for a deduction on their 2013 returns.  

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Ruling in favor of zoning challengers

December 30, 2013

Oconeeans opposed to agricultural residential zoning in their county won a court ruling. An informal order filed Friday by 10th Circuit Judge Lawton McIntosh grants David and Michelle McMahan and others summary judgment in their challenge of agricultural residential district zoning. The plaintiffs went to court last year, contending that the county’s inclusion of ARD…

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A rise in per capita income

December 30, 2013

An increase in Oconee County per capita income is seen as a sign by the county’s economic development director of a bounce-back in the economy. But Richard Blackwell says there is still much work to do toward economic and community development in the county. Blackwell’s office is quoting figures from the state Department of Revenue…

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  • September 20, 2014John W. Gibson Reunion
  • September 20, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 20, 2014 6:00 amCommunity Yard Sale Fundraiser
  • September 20, 2014 8:00 amGolf Tournament to Benefit Juvenal Diabetes Research in Honor of Page Holcombe
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