Be careful out there!

Car accidents are occurring across the Upstate in this morning’s rain.  State troopers logged three Oconee County accidents during the 9 o’clock hour.  Two are on 123 between Seneca and Clemson in the vicinity of Watson Drive and the Foxnest animal hospital.  Anothers is on Oak Creek Road at Return Church Road.

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Profit data to be followed by charge data

Just days after a South Carolina health agency published data about hospital profits, the director says his agency will publish various charges for procedures and how they compare hospital-to-hospital. This week the Department of Health and Human Services placed online (www.schealthdata.org) data that show for 2013 South Carolina hospitals combined made profits of $1.1 billion. Oconee Medical Center at Seneca […]

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Joblessness on the rise in Oconee

The South Carolina unemployment rate held steady last month, but it inched higher in OconeeCounty.  The state rate, at 5.3%, is described as “firm”—unchanged since April.  But, in Oconee, new claims in June rose to 6.2%—from May’s 5.6%.  The June unemployment figures are reported in the same week that Oconee County Council took votes to pursue economic development projects—after two […]

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Walhalla Pool announces events

This summer’s first Movie Night at the Walhalla Swimming Pool takes place one week from tonight—Friday, July 25. Darryl Broome of the Foothills Area YMCA says the pool will open at 8:30 that night and the movie, a movie selected for family viewing, will begin at 9:30. The pool will remain open for swimming through out the movie. The cost […]

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Theft being investigated

The theft of $150 dollars belonging to the Walhalla Swimming Pool is under a police investigation. Chief Ronald Wilbanks said everyone the police spoke to was cooperative yesterday afternoon, as the police asked questions as part of their investigation.

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Three county zoning hearings Tuesday

The Oconee County Board of Zoning Appeals will gather Tuesday night in Walhalla for three hearings, and the public has the chance to speak out on any or all of the issues before the board. The hearings will start at 6 o’clock inside council chambers. Developers wishing to use property adjacent to the Hart’s Cove apartments near Clemson return before […]

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Exception made for beer and wine sales

A restaurant promising authentic Mexican food plans to open in the next few weeks at a downtown Walhalla location. And the plans of businessman Walter Torres will allow for the serving of beer and wine with meals at 124 E. Main near Catherine Street. A City Hall proceeding lasted only minutes before the board of zoning appeals made an exception […]

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Ken Sloan changing attitudes about tourism

Oconee County and, now, Westminster have signed on for the initiative South Carolina Great Outdoors. The initiative embraces the slogan “South Carolina Loves Outsiders.” Ken Sloan of the Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau says, “These are tourism heritage development guidelines, standards, branding, media advertising. It’s an all-inclusive, very comprehensive project county wide and municipal wide,” he said. Sloan hopes other […]

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Contractor surrenders at police station

A Greenville man turned himself over to the Walhalla police yesterday to face criminal charges as the result of not completing the local construction job for which he contracted. And Lt. Paul Harris says the man charged—Mark Tensley Thomas—also faces a civil summons issued by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Harris identified the criminal charges against the […]

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Boat theft remains active investigation

Seneca police investigators continue to follow leads that they hope will take them to the thief and the recovery of a fishing boat stolen last weekend from a dealership. The emerald green bass boat carries a value of $18 thousand. Capt. Robert Tribble said the boat was stolen apparently in the middle of the night last Friday from Clearwater Marine […]

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