Further explanation for school closure recommendation

Oconee School District released the following announcement this morning:  “The closure of small schools is a debate in many communities. Oconee County is no different and Tamassee-Salem Middle/High is central to that debate here. The topic has been discussed for years and was even part of a failed tax referendum in the 90’s. The topic resurfaced a year ago as […]

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Meet-and-greet Westminster candidates

Everyone is invited to Westminster Tuesday night to an event to meet-and-greet the candidates in this year’s municipal election November 3.  An announcement from Angie Dickerson Wheeler states that this event is a chance for the Westminster community to meet the candidates and to open avenues for conversations on government, leadership, and the city’s well being.  The event takes place […]

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Tom Markovich to be the man!

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  One of the interested observers during the presentation of the Walhalla master plan was Tom Markovich.  A home builder by trade, Markovich’s group is in line soon to take over the old Oconee Courthouse and has a plan to remodel it into something that many during last night’s audience at the Old St. John’s Meeting House want.  And, that […]

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Emily McDonald Rohletter

Emily McDonald Rohletter, 40, died Thursday at Oconee Medical Center.  She was the wife of John Michael Rohletter.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Saturday at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The funeral will be 2 pm Sunday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home with burial to follow in Clearmont Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family is at the residence. Condolences […]

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Two Millenials present a master plan

Two professionals from the Millennials generation have given Walhalla a suitcase of ideas for its future.  Blake Sanders of Pelzer, South Carolina and Melissa Miklus of Baltimore, Maryland of the company Alta Planning and Design received audience applause and positive feedback for the public presentation of a master plan for Walhalla.  The plan offers ideas for changes to and along […]

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Thursday holdups in West Union and Mountain Rest

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A robbery last night at Mountain Rest bears similar characteristics to one hours earlier in West Union.  And Oconee Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s help to solve holdups around 9 p-m at the Tunnel Town Express on SC 28 and around 3 a-m at the West Union McDonald’s.  In each crime, the robber wore a hoodie and a Halloween skeletal […]

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BREAKING NEWS!

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Here is the text of a news release this afternoon from Oconee public schools: “SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO RECOMMEND SCHOOL CLOSING Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School the topic of Monday’s Board Meeting Based on declining enrollment and rising costs, the School District of Oconee County administration will recommend to the school board at the work session on October 12th that the district […]

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Lots of “Oompah” music next week!

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Those between Sertoma Field and Walhalla’s downtown may get German music in stereo next week.  The Little German Band, as always, will play at Sertoma Field at this year’s Oktoberfest.  Vanessa Penton of the chamber of commerce announced today that a polka band is going to play on the green downtown.  Penton describes the act as a polka band “with […]

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Helicopter assists in plane debris recovery

Activity today in rural, western Oconee—where the small plane crashed last Friday and took four lives.  Because some of the wreckage fell in a ravine, the National Transportation Safety Board has employed a heavy-lift helicopter to extract debris.  From the crash scene that debris will be trucked to Atlanta to a facility where the plan is to try to re-assemble […]

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Christine Roach

Christine Lois Roach, 61, of 421 Spy Mtn. Road, Westminster died Monday at Greenvlle Medical Center.  She was the wife of James Roach.  A graveside service will be 2 p-m Friday at Heritage Memorial Gardens.  The family receives friends from 11:30-1:30 prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the residence.  Flowers are accepted. Condolences may […]

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