Road variance granted home developers

Developers who want to build new homes in Oconee County not far from the Clemson campus received a variance last night from the county board of zoning appeals. That variance, as explained by zoning administrator Josh Stephens, allows the developers to vary 1.3’ from a short section of the only road that leads into the property where they want to […]

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Public workshops set on Chattooga decisions

U-S Forest Service officials invite the public to take part in one of two Walhalla meetings on the 2012 decisions to manage recreation uses on the upper segment of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. They want the interested public to come prepared to roll up sleeves to create a shared vision on what to do about campsites, trails, education, […]

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Home ransacked, guns stolen

Witness interviews apparently led Oconee investigators to a 19-year old Walhalla man. And they’ve pinned on him a day time home burglary on the Rock Crusher Road. Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Devin Ian McCrackin of South College Street on the charge of first degree burglary. The victim told officers he came home from work Monday afternoon and found […]

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Three meth labs found in three days

For parts of Oconee County, it is methamphetamine mania. The Sheriff’s Office counts the discovery of three meth labs in as many days. The latest came about Monday as the result of a domestic call to rural Eva Frank Lane near Westminster. There, deputies arrested Kenneth Tyler Singleton, 28 years old, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. The Sheriff’s Office reports […]

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Whetstone Academy’s special exception request tabled

The Oconee County board that decides zoning appeals wants more time to decide whether a therapeutic-based school at Mountain Rest should be allowed to expand, over the objection of some of its neighbors. For about an hour and a half last night, representatives and supporters of the Whetstone Academy and some their unhappy neighbors pitched their arguments as to whether […]

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Public help sought to solve drive-by shootings

Two drive-by shootings in Oconee County remain unsolved, and the Sheriff’s Office seeks your help if you can provide information as to what happened near Seneca in 2013 and again this year. The first shooting occurred April 10, 2013 on Gallo Way near Country Village Drive off the Shiloh Road. The second was a little more than 90 minutes later […]

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Powdered activated carbon may do the trick!

 The city of Clemson reports that the taste and odor issues with its water should improve in the next few weeks because of a powdered activated carbon system installed in the treatment plant of the Anderson Regional Water System. The ARJWS is currently adjusting the dosage to treat the water in a manner to improve taste and odor for Clemson […]

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The Jeff Lord era in Westminster

A day after a former Westminster police chief went to prison for crimes in office, the city’s new administrator, Jeff Lord, spoke confidently about Dean Awalt, the replacement for Scott Bannister. Lord said Awalt is a man of “great ideas” and he’s happy to work with him. The former Walterboro town manager told the Westminster Rotary Club that he’ll leave […]

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Compliments paid to Walhalla mayor

Serving as mayor can be a thankless job. But Danny Edwards of Walhalla picked up compliments today as he enjoyed his mid day meal. One woman told the mayor of her appreciation for the effort to open the swimming pool for a full season of swimming and recreation. Two other people told Edwards they thought Walhalla Independence Eve celebration went […]

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Lawsuits settled within weeks of trial

A pair of lawsuits naming an Oconee County doctor and others has been settled—within two weeks of their date for trial. As a result, the cases alleging medical malpractice and wrongful death have been removed from atop the docket for an August 4 term of the Oconee Common Pleas Court. The lawsuit against Dr. Frank Rao, two nurses, and the […]

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