A second parole chance for James Bartee

Perhaps, for James Bartee, the second time will be the charm.  The one-time candidate for Oconee Sheriff failed last week in his attempt to win parole from a board of three members of the state Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.  He needed two out of three votes, but fell short.  Bartee now awaits a second hearing next month when he’ll […]

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Sidewalk construction delay

Rain yesterday afternoon delayed the contractor from pouring sidewalks in front of Walhalla’s downtown Blue Ridge Bank.  The Streetscape contractor, however, finished new sidewalk in front of all Main Street business between Tugaloo and College streets.  Traffic barrels were removed from the center of Main Street which allows easier access to businesses.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Deputies receive Life Savers Award

Two Oconee County deputies have been recognized for their part in saving the life of a Seneca woman trapped in the wreckage from a car accident.  Justin Pelfrey and Rashad Crooks last week received the Life Savers Award for their search and the eventual location of the wreck victim who wound up down a steep embankment the night of June […]

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Stormy night!

A storm early last night made it difficult night to watch satellite television.  It was also no place to be outside where several trees hit the ground.  Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services said there was a goodly number of trees brought down by the storm that passed through Oconee County.  There was also a lightning strike that led to […]

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Bank worker named to state committee

An officer at Blue Ridge Bank has been appointed to a statewide committee in her profession.  The bank has announced that Eva McGowan, a vice president and compliance officer, will serve a two-year term on the credit committee of the South Carolina Bankers Association.  The appointment was made by David Lominack, association chairman.  McGowan has served Blue Ridge Bank in […]

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As opening day nears

With the opening of Oconee public schools a week away, the fleet of bus drivers is seven short.  Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations for the public schools, says, “We have around 100 that are full-time (30 hours or more) that get benefits.  We also have a group of part-time and substitute drivers.”  Students who will be transitioning into the […]

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Archie Fred Turpin Sr.

Archie Fred Turpin Sr., 76, of 150 Turpin Road, Mountain Rest died Monday at GHS Cottingham Hospice House.  He was the husband of Marie C. Turpin. The funeral will be 4 p-m Wednesday at Davenport Funeral Home with burial to follow in Belmont Baptist Church Cemetery in Mountain Rest.  The family receives friends from 6:30 to 8 p-m Tuesday at […]

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Edwards for Mayor and Bagwell for Council

The announcement by Danny Edwards that he will try for a second term as Walhalla mayor this year means Tjay Bagwell will abandon the idea of running and, instead, seek a new term on city council.  Bagwell said today he would like to remain in office while the city finished street and water projects and he’s hopeful Walhalla can make […]

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Arson and neglect charges filed against Oconeean

Charges of arson third degree and unlawful neglect of a child or a helpless person have been placed against a 33-year old Oconee County woman.  The Sheriff’s Office today announced the charges against Jennifer Leann Bryant.  She was arrested Friday and charged with offenses July 14.  An arrest warrant, issued by Magistrate Blake Norton, accuses Bryant of setting fire to […]

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