Home destroyed near Westminster

Winter time fires are taking their toll throughout Oconee County.  Rural Fire Control reports another home fire last night.  This one apparently completely destructive, although no one was hurt.  We are told one person has been displaced from his home near Westminster on the Ken Pat Acres Road off the Toccoa Highway.  The first call was sounded around 6:30 last […]

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Home fire near Seneca

Red Cross is assisting a family near Seneca after a fire early today at 5019 Forest Drive.  Around 3 this morning, fire fighters encountered a fire burning on one side of the house.  As many as 30 fire fighters were deployed from three departments, and they were able to stop the fire quickly.  They remained there for a few hours, […]

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Boil water advisory lifted

Walhalla’s boil water advisory has been lifted.  Scott Parris, utilities superintendent, this morning announced the lifting of the advisory after the results of water samples taken were good.  The advisory affected Walhalla customers north of the city limits and was ordered Thursday night after a line break in the vicinity of SC 11 and 183.

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James O’Kelley

James Maurice O’Kelley, 76, of Carrollton, Georgia and former Wesminster resident, died Friday.  He was the husband of Sybil Martin O’Kelley.  The funeral will be 2 pm Sunday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from noon-2 pm, prior to the service.  Burial follows in First Baptist Church Cemetery.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers […]

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Powerball pirze won by South Carolinian

No one in South Carolina won the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night, but the state’s Education Lottery urges players to check their tickets.  Five players won $100 thousand and another 11 players won $50 thousand.  Columbia resident Sioban Smith was the first of four South Carolina’s $100 thousand winners to come forward.  Smith bought her ticket at a store in […]

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Commissioners want more hangars

On average, the Oconee Regional Airport gets four to five inquiries a week about hangar space.  That comment last night by Jeff Garrison, the new airport director, led the aeronautics commissioners to push once again for more hangars.  Garrison and the commissioners, however, agree that will be expensive.  Grading for the last proposal was estimated at $500 thousand.  

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Rain no friend to the Streetscape contractor

The dry weather of recent days has allowed the Walhalla Streetscape contractor to make progress on the two remaining blocks of the project.  According to Hutch ‘N Son, the pouring of concrete curbing progressed quickly.  Today’s plans include a hydrant in Main Street island between Spring and Catherine and the completion of  the pouring of flowable concrete between the center […]

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Town leaders set their agendas

Salem Town Council is being called together this afternoon for a special meeting.  One item on the agenda:  executive session with Town Attorney Brad Norton on a contract matter related to town facilities.Walhalla Councilman David Underwood is scheduled to recommend the city council enter a contract with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to design, permit, and administer the construction of the […]

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Senior Solutions shows off Seneca remodeling

When Senior Solutions needed a contractor to keep its 85-year old Seneca building current, it turned to a contractor whose office is nearby.  Contracting Decors, Spencer Wilson’s company, answered the call twice from its nearby office on Perry Avenue.  Doug Wright credits the contractor with a great job.  Wright, the president/CEO, paid Wilson’s company special tribute last to the contractor […]

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