Dr. Hal Gardner Robbins, Jr.

Dr. Hal Gardner Robbins, Jr., 86, of 100 terrace Meadows Drive, Seneca, died Sunday at his home.  He was the husband of Lillian Andrews Robbins.  The funeral will be 2 pm Thursday at Welcome Wesleyan Church with burial to follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens near Westminster.  The family receives friends from 12:30-2 pm, prior to the service, at Welcome Wesleyan […]

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A new twist for Freshman Focus night

  The annual Freshman Focus Parent Night at Walhalla High School takes on a new dimension this year.  Not only will the school welcome rising freshmen and their parents from the Walhalla Middle School but they will also welcome rising 9th graders and their parents from Tamassee-Salem Middle School.  This year’s event will be Thursday, February 4, 2016.  The program […]

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Local winners in national VFW contest

The VFW recently sponsored a nationwide essay contest called “Patriot’s Pen”. The theme for this year’s essay was “What Freedom Means to Me.” Heather Beasley and Luke Smith, eighth graders at West-Oak Middle School, were named the 1st and 2nd place winners of the local level contest from the VFW Auxiliary. The nation-wide contest is open to all students. It […]

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Police investigate Main Street vandalism

  Someone apparently threw a concrete planter and broke a stained glass door window at a Main Street, Walhalla business.  Damage estimate is $500 dollars. The police have confirmed they are investigating the incident at Moss and Associates as a case of weekend vandalism.  Entry to the business was not made, and Chief of Police Ronald Wilbanks says it’s not […]

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Palmetto Trail meeting

The Palmetto Conservation Foundation wants to hear from the public on two additions to the Palmetto Trail in Oconee and Pickens counties.  A meeting for that purpose takes place from 6 to 7:30 Wednesday night at the Old St. John’s Meeting House in Walhalla.  Plans were announced last summer to extend the Palmetto Trail about 16 miles from downtown Walhalla […]

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Spillway gates to close

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close the spillways at Hartwell Dam today after three days of allowing thousands of cubic feet of water to flow from Hartwell Lake downstream. Late Friday, Corps Spokesman Russell Wicke issued a press release announcing the opening of the spillways. By Friday night, the heavy rainfall, sleet and snow pushed the lake […]

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Duke contractor to trim trees

A contractor for Duke Energy plans to trim trees during the winter months in the vicinity of both Walhalla and West Union.  The tree trimming by Asplundh Tree will take place in the areas served by Duke’s Branch Road retail sub-station.  The work begins late this month and is scheduled to finish by the end of March.    

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Joyce Elaine Smith Owens

Joyce Elaine Smith Owens, 67, of 115 Burns Mill Road, West Union died Friday at her home. The funeral will be 2 pm Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers accepted. Memorials may be made to Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, Attn:  Foundation Office, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC  29672.  The family will be at the home of Loretta Nichols, 111 […]

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Fatality identified

The fatality in last night’s Oconee County traffic accident near Clemson has been identified as Seneca resident Mark Lane Sanders.  A motorcycle driven by Sanders collided with an SUV driven by Morgan Welch of Mount Pleasant.  The accident occurred shortly before 6:30 p-m on West Cherry Road at High Point Boulevard.  According to the highway patrol, from a stopped position […]

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