School’s future use still being discussed

  When the new Walhalla High opens next year, the middle school students next to the existing high school will move into the old high school building. But what happens to the middle school? It’s still a question. Steve Hanvey, director of district operations, says at one point the district gave thought to converting the middle school into the county’s […]

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OSD officials: weigh ballot choices carefully

Leaders of Oconee public schools decline to say who they will be voting for next month, but they urge all voters to keep in mind education when they cast ballots. District administrators Steve Hanvey and Earnestine Williams are among the officials who want voters to conduct their own research as to who is best, from the standpoint of good public […]

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Thinking about Ebola at Oconee Memorial

The Oconee Memorial Hospital is heeding the call of the director of Centers for Disease Control. At Oconee Memorial, they are planning for a what-if. What if the hospital at Seneca were presented with a deadly case of the Ebola virus? Hunter Kome, the newly-named president of the Oconee Medical Campus, says, “We are taking steps to prepare. It’s a […]

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$100 thousand grant on the way

Walhalla’s re-opened swimming pool is going to benefit from an influx of money from the state level. City leaders soon expect the resident state senator, Thomas Alexander, to bring home the bacon—a $100 thousand dollar grant from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The primary purpose for the grant is to adapt the W. Main Street pool to […]

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Seneca kills downtown parking plan

The idea of Duke Energy workers parking in Seneca’s downtown and then shuttled by bus to the nuclear plant rubbed some merchants the wrong way.  And now the idea of Seneca making parking at the Norton-ThompsonPark available has been scrapped.  Merchants, such as SteveSprings and Bob Becker, made their concerns known during last night’s city council meeting.  They worry about […]

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Mayor predicts Streetscape bids to go out soon

Mayor Danny Edwards predicts contractor bids will soon be requested for what Walhalla officials envision as stage one of Streetscape—the re-make of a four-block area of the downtown. Edwards made his prediction last night during a City Hall meeting after hearing Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent, report a variety of developments as Walhalla gets closer to converting Main Street, from […]

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Californian arrested after I-85 traffic stop

A California man who told Oconee deputies he was on his way to see his daughter wound up spending the night in jail. The Sheriff’s Office announced that Sacramento resident Eugene Duncan Jr. was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a traffic stop Monday on I-85 near the South Carolina 11 exit. Deputies say the use of […]

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Judge orders 25-year prison term

A 42-year old Westminster man has been sent to prison for possession of methamphetamine third offense. Oconee General Sessions Judge Roger Couch handed down a 25-year sentence to Steven Ranslow Allison. A jury yesterday returned a guilty verdict. The office of Solicitor Chrissy Adams released these comments about Allison’s conviction and sentence:  “On July 15, 2013, narcotics agents with the […]

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In consideration of a soaked Sertoma Field

Walhalla councilwoman Jennifer Crawford plans to place a call to Duane Wilson, president of Oktoberfest, to request that the vendors wait at least until the latter part of the day to begin to set up on Sertoma Field. At the start of last night’s City Hall meeting, the thinking on the part of the mayor and council was that, by […]

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Trees down countywide

After the drenching, Oconee County is left to fend with fallen trees. One particularly large tree fell at the western edge of the county, on New Madison Road, one-eighth mile from 123/the Westminster-Toccoa Highway. The coming onslaught of a new band of hard prompted the Oconee Common Pleas Court judge to send home the jury early yesterday afternoon. They are […]

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