Big money to bolster Oconee land conservation

Oconee has a conservation bank board, but its problem has been money–the lack of it. That will change next week when Duke Energy makes good on a commitment to donate $618 thousand dollars.  Duke’s Alan Stuart next week will present the check during a meeting of the board at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning in County Council Chambers.  According to Shea […]

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Mid-day private meeting for personnel matter

The members of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority are being called together for a rare mid-day meeting.  When quieried for the specific reason, Chairman Scott Parris said,  “The only information I can provide is that the Authority is having an executive session meeting to discuss a personnel matter.”  The meeting is set for noon tomorrow.

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Bracing for holiday drinking and driving

The Walhalla police chief, Ronald Wilbanks, was questioned last night by Councilman T-J Bagwell about a spike in the number of driving under the influence arrests that were noted in his department’s report for the month of November.  Wilbanks replied it’s that holiday time of the year once again when some drivers foolishly combine drinking while driving.  Wilbanks says his officers […]

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Walhalla’s heart bleeds for Gatlinburg

In a time of need, Walhallans gave generously to the fire fighters who fought a raging Pickens County mountain fire that spread into North Carolina.  Now Walhallans are going to be asked one more time to help.  This time, for a Tennessee mountain community upended by fire.  Scott Parris, utilities director, received the go-ahead last night for his employees and […]

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Clerk to Council departing

After nine years, the Oconee County Council will look for a new clerk.  Council Clerk Beth Hulse has announced her resignation, to be effective January 3 and her intention to go to work with a law firm in Seneca.  At the end of last night’s executive session, the council authorized Administrator Scott Moulder to start the search for Hulse’s replacement. […]

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Deer are out and about!

State troopers reported a pair of car-deer accidents this morning in Oconee and Pickens counties.  Shortly after 5:30, one accident occurred on highway 11 in Oconee.  About 30 minutes earlier, another car-deer accident occurred in Pickens County on the Farrs Bridge Road near 183.

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Westminster carjacking leads to Clemson

An investigation into a Westminster carjacking led to Clemson where the police found a stolen car and apprehended at least one individual.  At last report, the police were looking for a second individual. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office started an investigation of a carjacking and the theft of a purse at Hobson Street and Cornelia Avenue.  Later a stolen Mustang was […]

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