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OCC moves forward on a new jail

December 18, 2013

Oconee County will get a smaller jail than first planned and at a lower cost than first estimated. Meeting with architect and contractor representatives and Sheriff Crenshaw, County Council approved a schematic design for a jail to hold 200 inmates, with emergency capacity for an extra 40 beds. It’s to be a 65 thousand square…

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The county shall not be released

December 18, 2013

Word from Walhalla City Hall is that, in a unanimous vote, the city council decided to hold Oconee County to an agreement which obligates the county to pay the Joint Regional Sewer Authority $610 thousand a year. The city council acted as a member city of the JRSA and, before voting last night, first met…

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Destructive fire at the end of a dirt road

December 18, 2013

Smoke in the air south of Walhalla alerted authorities to a fire that consumed a home and a few wooded acres around it. Fire Chief Doug Kelley identified the owners of the log cabin summer home as Grady and Beverly Bell, believed to be Atlanta residents. Walhalla Fire Department received help from nearby departments and…

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Three jailed charged with lottery ticket theft

December 18, 2013

Three men jailed at Walhalla are charged with stealing a rack of lottery tickets from a store near Salem. Oconee sheriff’s officers made the arrests in their investigation of a burglary at Little River General Store on the Alexander Road. The tickets carry a value of nearly $7 thousand. Those arrested and charged were identified…

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OMC to receive largest foundation gift ever

December 17, 2013

Oconee Medical Center Foundation is reporting its largest private gift. An anonymous couple donated $707 thousand in appreciated securities to create an irrevocable Charitable Remainder Unitrust for the hospital. Jeanne Ward, OMC president/CEO, called the couple special and said they contacted the hospital a year ago to indicate they wanted to do something significant. They…

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Fire near Walhalla!

December 17, 2013

Oconee fire fighters are trying to put a stop to fire in a hard-to-reach location near Walhalla. Apparently the fire began in a home near the Flat Rock Road and spread to the woods nearby. They are having to truck a water supply to the fire scene which is reported to be Wildwood Way, a…

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DHEC’s Walhalla presence clarified

December 17, 2013

DHEC’s decision to stop issuing death and birth certificates in Walhalla covers that service only. The Department of Health and Environmental Control continues to provide environmental and permitting services at Pine Street—the Oconee County administrative office complex in Walhalla. DHEC’s Jim Beasley told us this morning, “Just want to assure your all your listeners and…

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Junior Scholars announced

December 17, 2013

Walhalla Middle School Principal Scott Dixon has announced 23 eighth graders at his school have qualified as Junior Scholars for the 2013-14 year. The preliminary scholastic aptitude test is one of the measures used to qualify Junior Scholars. The students must score high in verbal, math, and writing.

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Man charged with theft of boat dock

December 17, 2013

A Fair Play man suspected the boat dock he bought off Craig’s List may have been stolen. Now, an announcement from the Sheriff’s Office that an investigation involving the Army Corps of Engineers confirms the 24’ by 24’ dock was stolen. The man who agreed to buy the boat dock for $4 thousand said he…

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Lucas stresses the value of a good night’s sleep

December 17, 2013

The Oconee superintendent of education often uses a story to illustrate how to get a better education. Dr. Michael Lucas heard a story yesterday that confirms what many mothers know: “Children who have irregular bed times are more likely to have behavioral issues than children who have a regular bedtime routine.” On his blog today,…

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  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 8:00 amBenefit for Charles Powell
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
  • November 30, 2014Westminster United Methodist Church's Christmas Congregational Singing
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