Walhallan imprisoned for sex crime

A 29-year old Walhallan has been sent to prison for the better part of 15 years after his admission yesterday that he abused a four-year old child.  Richard Rittmayer pleaded guilty in the Oconee General Sessions Court to criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree—a crime which was brought to light when the Walhalla police learned that the child […]

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Trustee explains why vote was difficult

A retired high school teacher who moved to close Tamassee-Salem explained that her motion was one of the two hardest things in her life.  Rosemary Bailes equated her part in the school closing to her decision, as a mother, to end life support for her severely injured son.  Bailes received a second from Denise McCormick who called the motion heartfelt, […]

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Tamassee-Salem to close


Oconee County is headed toward three high schools.  Last night’s vote by the county trustees to close Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School at the end of the current school year was unanimous, though it amounts to a controversial action considering the sentiments of the school community.  Once again, for two and a half hours last night, more than 30 Tamassee-Salem supporters pleaded […]

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Counterfeit checks plague Seneca store

Counterfeit Check Case Picture - August 2015 - SenecaWal-Mart

Oconee sheriff’s investigators have obtained pictures of an individual whom they want to identify as part of an investigation of counterfeit checks at the Seneca Wal-Mart.  If you can help identify the individual or provide information about the crimes, you can qualify for a cash reward as part of Crime Stoppers.  A deputy made contact with a Georgia resident about […]

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Walhallans invited to question the candidates

Municipal Election Day is drawing near.  And next week there will be a chance for members of the Walhalla community to hear the candidates assembled together at one place to give their views and hopes for the city’s future.  The Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to participate in the forum by asking questions of the candidates for […]

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Streetscape post Oktoberfest


Large machinery is in operation today in downtown Walhalla at the start of a process that will lead to the new asphalt cover for the four Main Street blocks between Ann and Tugaloo streets.  The process of milling, removing part of the old asphalt, started this morning between Tugaloo and College streets. According to the contractor, some traffic lane changes […]

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Red Cross at fire scene

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers assisted a family of four, one adult and three children, who were displaced from their home on Rufus Land Road in the Cleveland and Madison communities of Oconee County.  The Red Cross is meeting the immediate needs of the family by providing financial assistance for replacement of food and clothing, temporary lodging, and comfort kits […]

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Tax slice from new commercial development

The first shovel of dirt has yet to be turned at a proposed development near Clemson.  Yet county governments are lining up for their share of taxes to be derived from the proposed Hartwell Village near U-S 123/SC 93, where once stood the Defore Milliken textile plant.  Pickens County Council sponsors a public hearing during its 6:30 meeting tonight on […]

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Clearing up athletic eligibility question

At a meeting last week of Salem Town Council confusion reigned over the impact that combining Salem and Walhalla enrollments will have for those Tamassee-Salem students who would like to take part in high school athletics.  We put the question to Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent.  Here is his reply:  “If TS is not closed, TS students would no longer […]

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