New Andrew Pickens ranger


Tennessee native Robert Sitzlar was named today the new district ranger for the Andrew Pickens District at Mountain Rest.  Sitzlar is to succeed the retired Mike Crane the middle part of next month.  He comes to South Carolina from Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, where he has worked for nearly 10 years.

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Prison term suspended


A deliberate shooting or a negligent accident?  The question was decided today in the Oconee General Sessions Court when the court allowed a 58-year old man to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.  A sheriff’s officer and two sisters of the deceased wanted Roger Lane Qualls tried on the charge of murder.  But Qualls said, “I handled a gun recklessly.  It […]

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September 1, 1939’s place in world history

Most of what we know about why September 1, 1939 is so important to world history is what we’ve heard or read.  Unless you happen to be of a certain age and can remember when Germany invaded Poland which started the Second World War in Europe.  Seneca resident Lowell Ross was alive then, although only seven years old.  Ross spoke […]

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Traffic barrels in the middle of Main

The reason for traffic barrels in the middle of Walhalla’s Main Street is to allow the workers to survey and position the islands, as part of Streetscape.  It means Hutch ‘n Son crews will start to take out the asphalt for the islands, to be followed by curbing for the islands.  Some electrical conduit will be associated with the island […]

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Donald “Donnie” Edward Ward

Donald “Donnie” Edward Ward, 63, of 714 E. Brucke Road, Seneca died Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Linda White Ward.  Funeral services will be 2 p-m Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Flowers are accepted.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society via  The […]

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Tim O’Nilee Hall Jr.

Tim O’nilee Hall Jr., 86, of 104 Playground Road, Walhalla died Sunday at his home.  He was the husband of Jean Elijah Hall and a former CEO, President and chairman of the board of Blue Ridge Bank.  The family receives friends from 6-8 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 2 p-m Friday at Walhalla First Baptist […]

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Larry Adcock

James Larry Adcock, 80, of Seneca died Sunday at his home.  He was the husband of Robbie Ferrree Adcock.  A memorial service will be held later.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.  Condolences may bwe expressed online by visiting  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Mary Joan Farkas

Mary Joan Farkas, of 110 Falls Road, Westminster died Sunday at AnMed Health.  She was the wife of Frank Andrew Farkas.  A funeral mass will be 10:30 Friday morning at St. :Paul the Apostrle Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in M-J Dolly Cooper Cemetery at 2:30 Frisday afternoon.  The family is at the home.  In place of flowers, memorials in […]

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Golf cart travel regulated by law

Golf carts are now an acceptable way for getting from one place to another, but their use is regulated by South Carolina law.  At Clemson University, where many streets are clogged by motorized traffic during football weekends, many fans find golf carts a good way to get around.  The City of Clemson recognizes that golf cart use shortens waits, but […]

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