300-customer increase seen as a good sign

For the first year since the Great Recession left its mark, Pickens-based Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative recorded an up tick in its customer base. At Blue Ridge’s annual media luncheon, Terry Ballenger welcomed 305 new consumers in 2014 to the retail electric service provider in five Upstate counties. Across Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg, Blue Ridge counts 64 thousand […]

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Dalton hurriedly leaves meeting for another

Apparently someone has possible interest today in locating an industrial manufacturing operation within the Upstate. The Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s Charles Dalton suddenly left a luncheon meeting at Clemson. And the explanation given was that the Blue Ridge general manager was headed for a meeting with an industrial prospect in Anderson County. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Columbia approves the deal!

The start of Walhalla Streetscape appears closer this afternoon, with a message received from Columbia. Nancy Goehle, city administrator, says the Department of Commerce has approved the city’s contract with Hutch ‘N Son Construction to work as general contractor for the re-make of four blocks downtown. At the start of this week, Mayor Edwards had predicted that work would begin […]

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Walhalla hit again by recreation vandals

Walhalla has seen a second incident this week of vandalism of recreation facilities. But, like the first one Sunday, the police have made arrests in both cases. The latest crime was discovered last evening when a recreation worker discovered people climbing a fence in front of the basketball court on the grounds of the swimming pool. The weight from that […]

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Ten soon, perhaps six later

  The state will require Oconee to hire several more correctional officers to guard the new county jail. And the question arises as to how the county will pay for them. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has been told by the builders that, starting Monday, May 11, the existing guard staff may begin to go into the new jail and begin to […]

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Walhalla student headed to Governor’s School

 A student at Walhalla High and the Hamilton Career Center will start his junior year next year at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. Gage Picotte’s acceptance as one of 14 students across the state for the nine-month program squares with his hopes for his life beyond high school and college. Applicants for the drama program were […]

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March rain deficit was significant

April showers bring May flowers, but what nature failed to deliver in March is troublesome for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers. The rain chart for the government agency shows the rain deficit in March was significant. Lake Hartwell received just under three inches of rain in a month when it normally gets six. And while that wasn’t the lowest […]

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Former West Union man excels in education

A former West Union resident and Walhalla High graduate has climbed the ladder of education in nearby North Carolina. Dr. Alexander Macaulay, associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, has been named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system in recognition of his ability to convince students that history is more than just memorization […]

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Wolf at the door is real, Rep. Sandifer says

If the warnings received by South Carolina about the ramifications for a clean power plan required by the federal government come to be, one Oconee state lawmaker fears a crippling of the economy, along with the likelihood of electric power rate increases. For years, consumers have been warned about a 600-page EPA document containing a lot of fine print that […]

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