From teller to bank president

  After a young JoAnn Robins lost her job at a Walhalla department store, she walked down the street and found work as a teller at a one-year old bank.  That was 58 years ago, and her career continues today.  That teller is now JoAnn Bryson and her employer, the Blue Ridge Bank, is celebrating a career that saw her […]

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James Elmer Littleton

Salem, SC— James Elmer Littleton, 94, husband of the late Della Chapman Littleton, of 191 Boone Creek Road, Salem, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will […]

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Marie Cobb Pickens

  Westminster-Marie Cobb Pickens, 90, wife of the late Robert Arnold Pickens, of 155 Robert Drive, passed away July 28, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Sandifer Funeral Home with burial to follow at Hopewell United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10-11 am Saturday prior to the […]

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Clemson graduation next week

More than 1,000 Clemson University students will receive degrees Friday, Aug. 5 at the summer graduation ceremony at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena. More than 100 doctoral students will receive diplomas and be hooded in their regalia during a separate ceremony Thursday, Aug. 4. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be streamed live on ClemsonTV. Clemson’s graduation ceremonies have […]

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A three-member countywide chamber board

After survey results were factored, the board of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce in Seneca voted to dissolve in favor of a three-member board representing the chambers in Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster.  The effective date is August 31.  Ed Halbig chaired a committee that considered the venture and said today there were no dissenters among the directors who voted.  Questions […]

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Elizabeth Busch

  Westminster – Elizabeth Lee Farmer Busch, 60, wife of Bryan Harold Busch, of 187 Babycake Dr., passed away, July 27, 2016 at Cottingham Hospice House. A funeral service will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Burial will follow in the cemetery.   The family is at the residence. Condolences may […]

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Race is joined for Seat Two, School Board

In the first hours of candidate qualifying a contest had already developed for the Oconee School Board seat being relinquished this year by Walhalla’s Rosemary Bailes.  The first to enter the race for Seat Two was the retired 44-year district employee Joe Rukat.  And only a couple of hours later Steven Moore was in the fold.  The Moore candidacy represents […]

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Fire alarm sounded at office complex

At mid day yesterday, office workers and others doing business at Oconee’s administration building in Walhalla were forced to temporarily evacuate at the sound of the fire alarm. Walhalla Fire Department investigated, but found no fire.  A county official told us a child is suspected of having pulled the alarm. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Deadly horse disease spreads across state

A serious horse disease carried by mosquitos has spread across South Carolina.  Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health considers it essential that horse owners have their animals vaccinated.  Recent cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have moved beyond the coast to the midlands and the upstate. A simple vaccine will minimize the risk, but the disease is always fatal to exposed, un-vaccinated […]

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Road work next week near Westminster

South Carolina DOT has sent word that there will be work on the Dr. John’s Road near Westminster for all of next week.  The work will take place between Brock Road and the bridge and starts Monday.  The work zone will be closed to local traffic only.  All other drivers will have to use designated detours. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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