For drugs and assault, Walhallan lands in prison

A judge ordered a 10-year prison term today for a Walhalla man who admitted guilt to two criminal charges.  Judge Benjamin Culbertson in the General Sessions Court handed down a pair of 10-year concurrent prison terms after Jonathan David Crooks pleaded guilty to assault and battery first degree and distribution of methamphetamine third offense.  The judge explained to Crooks that […]

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Oconee’s graduation rate above state average

A state-issued report card gave Oconee public schools a grade of 81.5% for the district’s four-year graduation rate.  An announcement today from the school district indicates the 81.5% exceeds the state average.  The county’s four high schools ranked this way:  Tamassee-Salem, 71.7%; West-Oak High, at 76%; Seneca High School at 83.4%; and Walhalla, at 87.7%.  Those percentages prompted Dr. Michael […]

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Aileen Hazel Crumpton Moore

Aileen Hazel Crumpton Moore, 86, widow of Eugene Bill Moore, of 200 N. Pew Street, Westminster, SC  died Tuesday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  The funeral will be 11 a-m Friday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in Poplar Springs Baptist Church.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted.  The […]

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The price tag for Tech building projects

Two future building projects for Tri-County Tech are going to cost millions of dollars, but the college president says they are going to educate students to help them make it in today’s world.  One of the projects is Tech’s first official campus in Oconee County.  The campus will sit inside the county’s new park on highway 11 as one occupant […]

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Downtown gets “striped”

On new asphalt sections of Walhalla’s Main Street striping has begun to appear to help motorists navigate the new road created by Streetscape.  And Wahallans are beginning to notice and talk about the new lines and turn arrows.  It was a topic during last night’s city council meeting.  From today’s report from the contractor, “…as you noticed we were able […]

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Future teachers recognized

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At Southern Wesleyan University, two young men were inducted last weekend into the university’s Call Me MISTER program.  The ceremony recognizing Jervarrio Cureton and Kennedy Lowrance took place Sunday in the historic Freedom’s Hill Church at the campus in Central.  Call Me MISTER is a program that nurtures young African-American men to pursue teaching careers that serve as mentors and […]

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Judge approves trial delay

The case alleging cocaine trafficking topping this week’s trial docket in Oconee General Sessions Court has been continued to another court term.  Judge Culbertson made the decision during pre-trial motions yesterday in Walhalla.  The defendant, an Atlanta, Georgia area man, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and trafficking in cocaine 100-200 grams.  Assistant Solicitor Beth Blundy said […]

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Change to City Hall water policy

No longer may one Walhalla representative decide whether a water customer’s complaint is valid.  Councilman Tjay Bagwell, chairman of the utilities committee, announced a new policy during the November meeting last night of the city council.  From now on, customer complaints are to be referred to the three-member city council utilities committee.  The committee will make an appointment with the […]

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Refugee resolution tabled

An Oconee County Council resolution opposing the settlement of refugees in South Carolina has been tabled.  At the request of Edda Cammick, the resolution needs a re-write.  The District One councilwoman says she’s uncomfortable with the issue and aware of Palestinian families in Oconee County.  “Some of them are citizens,” she said.  “Their problem is with Israel, not with the […]

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Residents displaced by home fire

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As the result of yesterday’s fire near Westminster. the American Red Cross now says it is helping four adults by providing services to meet their immediate needs, including financial assistance for food, clothing, and temporary lodging, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, and referrals to partner agencies to assist with their long-term recovery. The fire scene yesterday afternoon was 146 Dawn Drive near […]

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