For Wahalla, it was a very good year–moneywise

So much federal money passed thru Walhalla City Hall that it bolstered the bottom line for 2014-15.  Outside auditor Jason White says the audit reflects federal monies used by Walhalla to pay for Streetscape and the rehabilitation of utility lines in the former Chicopee Mill community.  White gave the mayor and the city council last night a modified opinion of […]

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Ray Herron

Ray Eugene Herron, 84, of 410 Rich Mountain Road, Westminster died Monday at the Cottingham Hospice House.  He was the husband of Mary Sue Suttles Herron.  The funeral will be 2 pm Wednesday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in First Baptist Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 1-2 pm prior to the service at […]

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More time to measure the noise!

Oconee County Council may not have all of the exact data they’d like for the county noise law.  The decibel levels, reported last night by Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, aren’t are conclusive as hoped.  Which prompted Crenshaw to say, “I’m curious to know what the readings would be with the leaves off the trees.”  Among the locations where officers measured the […]

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Tamassee-Salem supporters bend the ears

Tamassee-Salem supporters returned last night to Pine Street.  This time they were on the other side of the street to address the Oconee County Council.  During council’s public comment session, nine speakers requested the council play hardball with the school district’s budget and exercise leverage in the hope that the school trustees will reverse their decision to close the middle/high […]

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New developments in policeman’s arrest

An internal complaint to the police chief led to the arrest this week of a city policeman.  According to a statement issued yesterday afternoon by City Administrator Nancy Goehle, Zach Covington has been terminated from his employment.  The state Law Enforcement Division yesterday announced the arrest of the 25-year old Covington on the charge of assault and battery third degree.  […]

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Salem could use a boost!

The school closure vote last night, in the view of at least two Oconee County Council members, is a demonstration that the Salem area could use a boost from the general government side of Pine Street.  Edda Cammick, chairwoman of the county budget and finance committee, indicated today she will step up her effort to provide assistance to a town […]

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Rita Lydia Threatt

Rita Lydia Threatt, 80, of Seneca died Tuesday at the Agape Hospice house in Columbia. She was the widow of James William Threatt.  A memorial service will be 1 pm Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca.  The family receives friends at the church after the service.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s United […]

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Verner Bennett

Verner Bennett, 89, of 128 Doe Lane, Westminster died Monday at his home.  He was the husband of Josephine Greer Bennett.  The funeral will be 3 pm Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family receives friends from 1-3 prior to the service at the churc.  The family is at the residence.  Flowers […]

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Walhalla policeman arrested

The state police have arrested a Walhalla policeman.  An announcement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division states that Zachary Lance Covington was arrested yesterday and charged with assault and battery third degree.  It’s a misdemeanor crime that carries a penalty of 30 days in prison or a fine of up to $500 dollars, or both.  An arrest warrant, issued […]

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Four straight months for jobless descent

Oconee County and South Carolina saw their seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates fall further during the month of September.  Oconee’s jobless numbers dropped to 5.5%, from the August percent of 5.8.  And the state reported unemployment across the Palmetto State had dropped to 5.7%.  That’s the fourth consecutive month for a decline.  Out of a labor force of 35,288, there were 33,336 […]

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