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Equipment failure at BREC’s substation

September 4, 2013

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative customers served by their Newry substation have been restored with service after yesterday’s equipment failure. Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger blames what happened on a failed regulator, but says it’ll likely take sending that regulator back to the factory for a definitive answer. What happened yesterday afternoon at the substation off Carson…

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Fire call last night in Walhalla

September 4, 2013

A late night call sent Walhalla fire fighters to 204 S. Cedar Street. There, fire broke out in a heating and air conditioning unit beneath the house. Mark Hollifield of the Walhalla Fire Department said the fire was confined to the heating and air unit.      

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OCC’s help to new business draws audience ire

September 4, 2013

Approval by Oconee County of ordinances to give a financial boost to a hotel project nearing completion in Seneca received unanimous support last night at the council table, but dissent from within the meeting audience. It prompted District One’s Paul Corbeil to issue an explanation. “There are no Oconee County general fund or economic development…

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New tax rate set for Oconee County

September 4, 2013

For the tax year 2013, Oconee County has a new tax rate. And its reflects a two mill tax increase. As recommended by Auditor Ken Nix, County Council approved 73.9 county mills and 141.1 mills for public schools. According to Nix, the Oconee School District sought no increase in funds and its operational and debt…

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Bartee spends first night in jail

September 4, 2013

James Bartee spent the first night of his five-year prison sentence in the Oconee Detention Center. His lawyer announced in court that he’ll attempt to obtain a recognizance bond that’ll allow his client to be freed while his side pursues an appeal of yesterday’s verdict. That verdict was guilty to the charge of solicitation to…

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Warrants charge Anderson man with Mtn. Rest crimes

September 3, 2013

Oconee Sheriff’s Office says it is holding warrants for the arrest of an Anderson man and requests the public’s help in finding him. According to the Sheriff’s Office announcement, 54-year old Robert Ford Carver is charged with petty larceny and first degree burglary August 21 at 122 Beaver Lane, Mountain Rest. There, the front door…

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Walhalla and Westminster qualifying

September 3, 2013

In the last of two weeks of qualifying, Walhalla and Westminster are attracting candidates for their cities’ elections in November. Walhalla has one candidate. He’s a former teacher and coach, Danny Woodward. He’ll compete for the seat vacated by James Powell’s resignation. So far, no one has filed for any of the three council seats…

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Parade Grand Marshall Yousef Mefleh

September 3, 2013

Flabbergasted is one word to describe the way a Palestinian native feels having been chosen to ride at the head of this week’s parade in Westminster to mark the annual South Carolina Apple Festival. But it is absolutely A-OK with Yousef Mefleh. Westminster is Medfleh’s adopted hometown, and it’s where he has run a Main…

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Bartee led to jail, verdict to be appealed!

September 3, 2013

James Bartee has been sent to prison for five years. He is 55 years old. The sentence this afternoon followed the jury’s conviction on the charge of solicitation to commit a felony that translated to a plot never carried out to kidnap a retired judge. The official sentence as announced by the trial judge: 10…

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Official: jail hearing to be September 19

September 3, 2013

6 o’clock Thursday evening, September 19 at Walhalla City Hall has been confirmed as the time, date, and location for Oconee County’s request for a special exception to build the replacement jail on the opposite side of the LEC on S. Church Street. Holding the hearing will be the city Board of Zoning Appeals. In…

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  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
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