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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Getting ready for the final asphalt

Streetscape workers are continuing the process of milling the existing asphalt between College and Catherine streets on Walhalla’s Main Street.  Hutch ‘N Son’s request of downtown motorists:  “Please bear with us.  We are trying to get ready for the final asphalt.”  Workers are also pulling electric wire and undertaking water and sewer explorations between Ann and Catherine streets.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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The police following “good leads”

A crime last week at a Seneca lending office was a burglary in which nothing was discovered missing.  Nevertheless, a police officer says investigators have good leads and are pursuing the arrest of the person or persons responsible for what happened at Always Money on the 123 By-Pass.  Captain Robert Tribble says someone forced open a back door to the […]

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Walhalla principals assure anxious Tamassee-Salem

The principals at both Walhalla Middle School and Walhalla High School sought last night to assure an anxious Tamassee-Salem community that Tamassee-Salem students will be welcomed at their school.  Scott Dixon of Walhalla Middle and Steve Garrett of Walhalla High also made effort last night to declare a no tolerance policy for bullying.  Tamassee-Salem parents and some of that school’s […]

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Walhallan imprisoned for sex crime

A 29-year old Walhallan has been sent to prison for the better part of 15 years after his admission yesterday that he abused a four-year old child.  Richard Rittmayer pleaded guilty in the Oconee General Sessions Court to criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree—a crime which was brought to light when the Walhalla police learned that the child […]

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Trustee explains why vote was difficult

A retired high school teacher who moved to close Tamassee-Salem explained that her motion was one of the two hardest things in her life.  Rosemary Bailes equated her part in the school closing to her decision, as a mother, to end life support for her severely injured son.  Bailes received a second from Denise McCormick who called the motion heartfelt, […]

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Tamassee-Salem to close


Oconee County is headed toward three high schools.  Last night’s vote by the county trustees to close Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School at the end of the current school year was unanimous, though it amounts to a controversial action considering the sentiments of the school community.  Once again, for two and a half hours last night, more than 30 Tamassee-Salem supporters pleaded […]

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Counterfeit checks plague Seneca store

Counterfeit Check Case Picture - August 2015 - SenecaWal-Mart

Oconee sheriff’s investigators have obtained pictures of an individual whom they want to identify as part of an investigation of counterfeit checks at the Seneca Wal-Mart.  If you can help identify the individual or provide information about the crimes, you can qualify for a cash reward as part of Crime Stoppers.  A deputy made contact with a Georgia resident about […]

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