Motorcycle accident on Seneca’s By-Pass

The police say a man suffered road burns and bruises when his motorcycle skidded onto a grass median yesterday on By-Pass 123.  Yesterday afternoon’s accident occurred near the Applebee’s Restaurant.  Capt. Robert Tribble said the motorcyclist took evasive action to avoid a collision with slower vehicles ahead of him in the westbound lanes.  The roadway was wet from an afternoon […]

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Airport director resigns


The first-year director of the Oconee Regional Airport has resigned, and the county has turned to an old hand to guide things while a replacement is found.  County Administrator Scott Moulder announced the resignation last night of Sam Carver, who is returning to Mississippi to take what Moulder called a better pay opportunity.  In the meantime, the county has worked […]

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New school scene of road improvements

The students who are entering a new Walhalla High School next week are getting what’s considered a school in tune with contemporary times.  Those who drive in the vicinity of the rural school can expect road improvements.  One of them is the elimination of a hard right turn for school buses and other traffic.  The improvement project at SC 11 […]

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Part of road closed after culvert wash out

Weeks after a culvert washed out near Westminster, part of a state road remains closed to traffic while the state tries to find the money for repairs.  The problem area, according to the DOT’s Michael Smith, is the Dr. John’s Road—between Tabor Road and Barrett’s Way.  A visit by the DOT’s district engineering administrator helped determine re-construction as the necessary […]

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Fugitive in Virginia murder case

Mya Rae Lee

Authorities say a woman being held in the Oconee jail is wanted as part of an out-of-state murder investigation.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has identified Myra Rae Lee as the 18-year old Seneca woman, for whom a warrant charging fugitive from justice was issued.  According to deputies, Lee was entered into the database of the National Crime Information Center on […]

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A second parole chance for James Bartee

Perhaps, for James Bartee, the second time will be the charm.  The one-time candidate for Oconee Sheriff failed last week in his attempt to win parole from a board of three members of the state Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.  He needed two out of three votes, but fell short.  Bartee now awaits a second hearing next month when he’ll […]

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Sidewalk construction delay

Rain yesterday afternoon delayed the contractor from pouring sidewalks in front of Walhalla’s downtown Blue Ridge Bank.  The Streetscape contractor, however, finished new sidewalk in front of all Main Street business between Tugaloo and College streets.  Traffic barrels were removed from the center of Main Street which allows easier access to businesses.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Deputies receive Life Savers Award

Two Oconee County deputies have been recognized for their part in saving the life of a Seneca woman trapped in the wreckage from a car accident.  Justin Pelfrey and Rashad Crooks last week received the Life Savers Award for their search and the eventual location of the wreck victim who wound up down a steep embankment the night of June […]

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