Retired general keynotes Saturday night banquet

Retired General David Petreaus told a crowd in Toccoa Saturday that terrorism is the struggle of a generation. He spoke at Saturday’s $50 dollar a plate Currahee Military Weekend banquet at Toccoa’s National Guard Armory. According to Petreaus, fighting terrorism will require an approach that can be sustained for decades if necessary. “It takes more than drone strikes, more than […]

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Forum to address tainted fish

  A state health official will address the problem of mercury-impaired fish during a public forum this week in Oconee County.  The public is invited to the event by FOLKS—Friends of Lake Keowee.  The event will be 6:30 Thursday night at Duke’s World of Energy, with refreshments served at 6 o’clock.  James Glover of the SC Dept. of Health and […]

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Fire hydrant maintenance

Across the Walhalla fire district personnel will flush hydrants throughout October.  The works starts today.  This could cause discolored water for a short time.  According to the city of Walhalla, the water is safe to drink.  But good advice is to check the water before running the laundry.

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Fire destroys home in Pickens

A late Saturday afternoon fire in the town of Pickens destroyed a home on Patterson Street. American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers assisted a family of three…one adult and two children. The Red Cross met the immediate needs of the fire victims by providing financial assistance for temporary lodging and for replacement of food and clothing, along with comfort kits, containing […]

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Townville community rallies

The Townville community rallied yesterday with a blood drive in honor of Jacob Hall, the six-year old boy who died Saturday.  Jacob’s tragedy was on the minds of many across the area, including those who took part in a cruise event Saturday afternoon in Westminster.  A moment of silence, followed by prayer, and the release of balloons into an autumn […]

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Fatal pedestrian-car accident

A two-year old boy has died near Walhalla—the victim of a car-pedestrian accident yesterday afternoon on SC 183.  Deputy Coroner Greg Long says Samuel Thomas Bryant died at the hospital at 5:55 pm of injuries when hit by ay car one mile south of Walhalla at 1915 Westminster Highway.  The highway patrol reports the boy was hit by a BMW […]

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Sophia Nadia Leon

Walhalla, SC— Sophia Nadia Leon, infant daughter of Laken Elise Lanier and Jose Jaime Leon Rodriguez of 607 Highland Glen Court, Walhalla, passed away on September 29, 2016, at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 2, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the […]

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Shelley Renee Anderson

  West Union, SC — Shelley Renee Anderson, 49, wife of twenty-one years to Dennis Anderson, of 335 Thrasher Road, West Union, passed away September 30, 2016 at her residence. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Davenport Funeral Home.                

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September 16 data breach probe continues

The FBI is the lead agency trying to solve the Oconee County payroll data breach incident reported September 16. Assisting the FBI is South Carolina’s state police, SLED. Oconee sheriff Mike Crenshaw says, “They are continuing to follow the digital trail of how the money was stolen from the respective banks and where it ended up.” Today was a pay […]

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