Chimney fire season

Today was a shirt-sleeve day outdoors. But if the forecasts ring true Oconeeans and the rest of the Southeast will be bundling up this weekend. And, to ward off a temperature drop of 30 or more degrees, many Oconeeans for the first time this season will strike the match to a woodstove or a fireplace fire. Commensurate with that come […]

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Northeast Georgia hospital in crisis

The Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center at Lavonia, Georgia is in financial crisis, and the county of Franklin is coming to its aid. Two years after its grand opening, the hospital is in a crisis so severe that it can’t make its next bond payment, due December 1. According to Lavonia’s WLHR, it now falls to Franklin County to make […]

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Judge strikes down South Carolina marriage ban

A federal judge ruled today against South Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  The civil rights organization the Human Rights Campaign says Judge Richard Mark Gergel’s ruling makes the PalmettoState the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since last June’s U-S Surpeme Court ruling.  According to the Williams Institute, Los Angeles-based think tank, in South Carolina […]

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Stabilizing the police force

A couple of retirements have contributed to a turnover in personnel at the Walhalla Police Department. And the chief of police acknowledges that a change in at least one policy could help stabilize the force. The turnover issue was raised this week by city council candidate Chris Grant, a former policeman. Chief Ronald Wilbanks said today that removing the prohibition […]

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New Clemson University building at Greenville

Clemson University officials broke ground yesterday on a new $14 million dollar building at Greenville designed to attract more automotive companies to the Clemson I-CAR campus there. The by-products, according to Clemson, should be new jobs and an addition of engineers to the workforce. An 82,000 square foot building is planned at One Research Drive, to be the sixth and […]

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Veterans Day event

Walhalla Middle School celebrated Veteran’s Day by honoring more than 100 veterans and their spouses from across the county at the annual Veteran’s Day breakfast. Breakfast was prepared by Mountain View Restaurant and served by the Walhalla Middle School student government officers. The WMS 8th grade band and chorus performed patriotic selections during the breakfast, and the WMS 8th grade […]

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Mayor wishes to divert part of her salary

The West Union mayor says she would like to divert part of her monthly town salary to a pool of money that can be used for a Christmas bonus this year for town workers. At tonight’s meeting, Mayor Linda Oliver plans to ask the town council’s permission to transfer part of her $150 dollar monthly town pay toward Christmas bonuses […]

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Waterline along U-S 76 to be replaced

New details are being announced about the large grant received by Westminster for waterline improvements. The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded more than $240 thousand in a first round grant to replace a section of waterline along highway 76 near the city. The funds are being matched by $148 thousand from a recent Westminster revenue bond. Old and severely-deteriorating […]

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Senator makes Veterans Day comments

In his Veterans Day statement today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) said, “As we reflect on our veterans and their families today, we must continue to fight to end the VA claims backlog, protect veterans’ pension cuts, increase accountability at the VA and allow our veterans improved access to care both inside and outside of the VA system. Our […]

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