Five additional incumbent candidates

The state is reporting new political qualifying by five men who hold office, representing Oconee County residents. By mid-day today, in the fold were Jeff Duncan, incumbent candidate for Congress; Mike Crenshaw, incumbent for Sheriff; Thomas Alexander, for re-election to the State Senate; and Bill Whitmire and Bill Sandifer, candidates once again for new terms in the state House of […]

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New candidate in the fold!

True to a previous declaration, a land surveyor near Seneca has entered this year’s Republican primary to decide the nominee for Seat Five, Oconee County Council..  He’s James Glenn Hart, according to the candidate filing tracking system of the state Election Commission. Hart hopes to succeed Reg Dexter, who is stepping toward the political sidelines.

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Oktoberfest makes Walhalla donation

2015 was apparently a very good year for Oktoberfest in Walhalla.  In gratitude, the committee that runs the celebration of the city’s origins has donated $20 thousand for city purposes.  Nancy Goehle, city administrator, says the $20 thousand is an addition to $5 thousand that the committee earlier gave Walhalla.  The main venue for Oktoberfest is the city’s Sertoma Field, […]

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Office staff may rule on some zoning appeals

At Seneca, the board of zoning appeals last night granted three requests to vary from the city zoning law.  Two of those involved setbacks.  In the future, however, office staff may decide some variance applications if a recommendation by Ed Halbig, director of Planning and Community Development, is approved by the city council.  According to Halbig, handling in-house appeals, such […]

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Property for restaurant in line to be annexed

Walhalla Planning Commission gave a nod of approval last night to a request to add to the corporate limits 1.6 acres.  It’s a parcel of property between highway 28 and Hetrick Street envisioned as a future Bojangles restaurant.  The planning commissioners’ approval amounts to a recommendation to the city council.  No one spoke in opposition.  However, three nearby home owners […]

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Board upholds zoning decision to demolish

A former Connecticut woman left the Walhalla City Hall in tears.  Brittany Hall re-located to Walhalla in the hope that she and her young family would be allowed to move into a mobile home at 221 N. Laurel Street that her grandfather offered at no charge.  But a permit obtained by the grandfather, Jerry Patterson, to repair the trailer had […]

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Who are the Mayberry beauty winners?

The first official event of the Mayberry Comes to Westminster 2016 festival is the 5th annual Mayberry Beauty Pageants is scheduled Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at West-Oak Middle School. There will be judging in four different categories to include Little Miss ages 10-12, Jr. Miss 13-14, Miss ages 15-18 and Mrs. Mayberry with no age limit, only that […]

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Wagner enters race

David Wagner has officially joined the race to be the next circuit solicitor in Oconee and Anderson counties.  Wagner’s entry into the race pairs him, so far, against one other opponent, Wilson Burr, the former public defender.  Burr and Wagner are Republican candidates for this June’s primary election.

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4th grader top winner in saferty poster contest

A fourth grader at the Tamassee-Salem Elementary School is the grand prize winner in this year’s School Tornado Safety Poster Contest, sponsored by the Oconee Emergency Services.  Caden Rice wins a cash award of $45 dollars, along with a weather alert radio.  Awards also went to students who won first and second place in their individual school grades from across […]

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