Cutting trees on public lands

The Army Corps of Engineers is investigating and pursuing restitution for seven cases of destruction to public lands surrounding Lake Hartwell. According to Sandy Campbell, natural resource manager, the destruction cases represent an un-precedented increase in property owners illegally removing trees and vegetation along the lake shoreline. The consequences may include fines, court appearances and, in some instances, revocation of […]

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Councilmen donate their paychecks

The Walhalla mayor and council members are up to date on the project to establish a 9-11 memorial in Oconee County, on property next to the new Walhalla High School construction site. Brett McLaughlin and Jim Alexander of the 9-11 Memorial Committee, during a presentation last night, announced that there will be a ribbon-cutting September 11—to mark one year from […]

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“Tailored-down” Streetscape pan on the way

What’s now described as a “tailored-down” Streetscape plan for Walhalla will be presented publicly within a few weeks. Mayor Danny Edwards made the announcement last night at City Hall. After conferring with Joe Bryant of the Seamon Whiteside company, Edwards said the project plan will probably be presented and shown to the public and the city council during council’s first […]

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Courthouse Inn deadline extended

Oconee County Council will allow the developers who proposed converting the former courthouse into a boutique-type hotel a few more weeks. Council’s action last night means that John Powell and Jim Carswell have until September 16 to secure the financing that, so far, has eluded them. Though he made clear he was not seeking an extension of old courthouse lease, […]

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Keep broadband alive, Moulder urges

96.3/WGOG began enjoying the advantages this week of high-speed internet, courtesy of Oconee County’s “FOCUS” project. But the delay in spreading high-speed availability to other parts of the county has led to complaints that made their way to last night’s Oconee County Council meeting. Administrator Scott Moulder appealed to council to keep alive the project to build a broadband network […]

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Mayor extends an olive branch

The request by the chamber of commerce to make changes in this year’s Oktoberfest has been tabled by the Walhalla City Council. The council acted unanimously last night, after a plea by Mayor Danny Edwards. Edwards appealed for a time-out and asked for a committee to work out differences among the chamber director, the police and fire chiefs, and the […]

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House fire claims life in Walhalla

A home fire last night in Walhalla’s Mountain View subdivision has left a 49-year old man dead. Coroner Karl Addis said Michael Joseph Marcello was extricated from the bedroom area of his home at 829 North Andover Drive. Within a few minutes, EMS determined Marcello showed no signs of life. An autopsy has been ordered. Multiple fire departments, including Walhalla, […]

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AT THIS HOUR!

The U-S Forest Service is in Walhalla holding “break out” sessions with members of the public with interest in how the government agency manages the upper corridor of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.  Because the famed river passes by three states, Forest Service representatives from South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina are leading today’s two collaborative public meetings in […]

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Car chase UPDATE!

A car stolen Sunday in Salem turned up today in the vicinity of West Union where stop sticks employed by the police succeeded in stopping the car and the eventual apprehension  of one person.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw this afternoon said the traffic stop occurred on highway 11, north of West Union.  Crenshaw said a suspect is in custody as part […]

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Police chase makes for excitement in Walhalla

A chase by the police up and down Main Street created excitement this afternoon in downtown Walhalla. County squad cars were seen flying thru town with their sirens on—at one time headed west on Main Street, only to reverse course and go east. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said the chase started when an investigator spotted a suspect stolen vehicle and ended […]

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