Weather cooperates for Oktoberfest

Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures brought crowds to the 35th Walhalla Oktoberfest. And it made for smiles on the faces of the organizers at the event on Sertoma Field. There, on Friday night, what was described as a dedicated group of beer enthusiasts kept Sertomans busy filling $3 dollar cups of beer under the big tent.

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Burglars pick on home in Foxwood Hills

Burglars are picking on a home in the Foxwood Hills home development on Lake Hartwell.  If you can help solve what has gone wrong there in recent months, Crime Stoppers will pay cash reward.  Deputies have discovered that items were stolen at 131  Sweetbriar Tail March 31, May 11, and July 10.  Investigators believe the loot carries a combined value […]

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Will the losing side appeal?

The clock will begin for a potential appeal by the losing side in Friday’s outcome of a lengthy civil trial at Walhalla. There was no immediate word late Friday afternoon if either Oconee County or Talbert and Bright, or both, will ask for reconsideration of a verdict award to an Atlanta area contractor. The award of $1.8 million approximates the […]

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Friday mishaps

96.3/WGOG NEWS has learned of what could have been a serious accident during the 9 o’clock hour last night on I-85 in Oconee County–between exits 1 and 2.  A church van from Atlanta transporting middle school age children to a church in the Double Springs Community blew a tired and wound up stranded in the interstate median.  Fair Play Fire […]

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Verdict for the plaintiff

A verdict for the plaintiff has ended a two-week trial at Oconee Courthouse. And that verdict announced around 5 this afternoon awards damages to Plateau Excavation, the Georgia company that moved dirt and prepared the ground for a 600-foot runway extension at the Oconee Airport. As explained by Plateau attorney Josh Spencer, the following damages were awarded to Plateau: For […]

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Scott statement on Ebola

Senator Tim Scott says as Ebola infections spread in the U-S, the trust of Americans has been shaken by the Obama administration’s response. The South Carolina Republican said, “It is clear that a temporary travel ban for foreign nationals traveling from the Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa should be put in place. The President has the authority to do so, […]

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Verdict sometime today

The parties involved in civil trial that ran two weeks in Walhalla are hopeful of hearing the jury’s verdict—sometime this afternoon or tonight.  But that’s strictly the call of the jury in the case of Plateau against Oconee and Talbert and Bright.  It’s a trial to determine whether there was breach of contract and negligence in the project to extend […]

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Birthday party for Smokey the Bear

U-S Forest Service invites the public to stop by its Oktoberfest booth this weekend, as part of a special birthday celebration. The Forest Service’s Smokey the Bear is 70 years old, and Forest Service personnel are offering the chance to take a picture of Smokey and enjoy a slice of his special birthday cake. The booth will set up on […]

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Jury deliberations expected this afternoon

Final arguments to the jury have begun in the Oconee Common Pleas trial in which OconeeCounty is defending itself against the company that graded for the project to extend the county airport runway.  A co-defendant is the North Carolina engineering consultant firm, Talbert and Bright, which no longer provides services to the airport.  The two-week trial was made more complicated […]

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Politicos mark luncheon on their calendar

Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Jeff Duncan are among the politicians planning to be seen at today’s Oktoberfest luncheon.  The event under the tent is an unofficial start to the three-day weekend for celebrating Walhalla’s German heritage.  And its organizers always make time for a politician to make remarks—especially in an election year such as 2014.

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