New school within year of opening

To the naked eye, much remains to be done both in and out of the new Walhalla High on highway 11. But, after a tour this morning, school leaders say they are confident the school will meet next year’s deadline and be ready in time for the 2015-16 year. On their way to a planning meeting this morning at the […]

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Getting a handle on what the county owns

A few years ago, a handful of legal-sized papers were needed to list Oconee County owned property. Now the county requires a binder about as thick as a New York City phonebook before the cell phone impact on landline telephones. Last night County Administrator Scott Moulder leafed thru the binder as he addressed county owned properties in front of a […]

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Seneca OKs funding plan for new museum

In a unanimous vote, the Seneca City Council approved a funding plan to build the city’s second museum. This one is to be called the Bertha Strickland Museum and will serve as Seneca’s museum for African-American history. Approved by the mayor and council last night was a plan to borrow up to $600 thousand from the Light and Water Plant’s […]

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Students have academic interest in Kellett property

At no cost, Clemson University students are willing to suggest a plan for developing Seneca’s Kellett property. And city leaders are interested. City Administrator Greg Dietterick said the advantage is that the university’s class of Landscape and Architecture students can offer a perspective from fresh and young eyes. Ed Halbig, Seneca’s planning and community development director, says Seneca has a […]

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Keep hope alive for the Courthouse Inn

A reprieve of a few days has been granted the project to allow developers to turn the former Oconee Courthouse into a hotel. Last night John Powell told a committee of the Oconee County Council that he is not seeking a new extension of his lease, which is set to expire on Saturday. Instead Powell requested and the committee agreed […]

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South Carolina Apple Festival history

The South Carolina Apple Festival is coming soon, and the Westminster Library wants everyone to be ready. Leslie White of the Oconee Heritage Center will present a program at 5 p-m Tuesday, September 2 on the history of the festival, along with both the rise and decline of apple-growing in the area. For this program there will be displayed an […]

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Flags flying half-staff

At the request of Governor Nikki Haley, flags are flying at half-staff through sundown Saturday in honor of a serviceman killed this month in Afghanistan. Army Staff Sgt. Girard Glass Jr. of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina died August 3 in a field hospital from what the Defense Department says was a non-combat incident on patrol in the Nangarhar Province. Glass […]

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Ed Land to speak at Apple luncheon

A leading Oconee County agriculturist will make the featured talk at this year’s South Carolina Apple Festival luncheon, sponsored by the Westminster Rotary Club. Organizers have made arrangements to present Ed Land of Long Creek’s Chattooga Belle Farm, a 138-acre working farm to keynote the luncheon planned for 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, September 5. This year’s festival will be the […]

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Accountability test results

Results of two statewide education tests which have been given for the last time have been released by the Oconee County public schools. The Palmetto Assessment of State Performance (PASS,) a major accountability test for students in grades 3-8, produced results for Oconee students that, for the most part, trended upward from last year’s mixed results, according to Dr. Michael […]

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West Union agenda set

Ken Sloan, the director of the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, pays a visit tonight at the meeting of the West Union Town Council. Under old business, the mayor and council get an update on the Anderson Street project and plan votes on a sign for the town park and on engineering report for waterline projects. The council meeting […]

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