Streetscape today!

Streetscape crews are to start excavating for the bases for the new downtown light poles.  Some of the old poles removed yesterday on Main, between Tugaloo and College, proved an adventure, as the workers were unsure what they would find in the ground holding the old poles.  New water service work starts today on the block between College and Catherine.  […]

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Community leaders complete program

Seventeen community leaders graduated from Oconee Foundation Fellows program, after six months of exploring issues surrounding health care today.  Since it began in 2008, more than 165 community leaders have graduated from the OMH Foundation Fellows program.  This year’s class included Judy Barnaskey, Chase Burkett, Anna Connelly, Bo Crader, Dr. Chuck Garabadian, Sam Head, Kade Herrick, Bonnie Holmes, Jan Jerome, […]

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Streetscape pace likely to impact Oktoberfest

A Walhalla councilman terms as “a real possibility” that Oktoberfest 2015 will arrive this fall without the finish of Streetscape.  It had been the hope of city leaders that the work on the entire four-block core commercial area could be finished by the third weekend in October, but delays throw that hope into question.  Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem Tjay Bagwell says, however, […]

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Little rest for the fire fighters

Oconee Rural Fire Control reports a flare-up this morning of yesterday’s fire that destroyed an old farmhouse at Townville.  Fire fighters were called back to the scene on the Perry Woolbright Road near South Carolina 24.  Shane Gibbs, county fire marshal, says investigators are trying to determine why the original fire started in the unoccupied house.  Fire fighters responded yesterday […]

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Hiker’s fall broken by small ledge

A 16-year old boy’s fall at IssaqueenaFalls north of Walhalla was stopped by a small ledge, and there he remained stranded until rescuers were able to extricate him to safety.  According to Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services, rescuers used a system of ropes and rappelled down to his rescue.  They found him 75 feet below the walking trail.  Krein […]

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Betty Mae Burton

Betty Mae Burton, 67, of 5795 Hwy. 184 E. Donalds, died Tuesday at Self Regional Medical Center.  She was the wife of William “Pete” Luther Burton Jr.  Funeral services will be 2 p-m Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 12:30-1:30 p-m, prior to the service, at Davenport Funeral […]

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Bertie Orr Holmes

Bertie Orr Holmes died Monday.  She was the widow of Harold Holmes.  A memorial service will be 2 p-m Sunday at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Family members are at their homes.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made C/O Sandifer Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Westminster, SC  29693.  Condolences may be expressed […]

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William Garland Butts Sr.

William Garland Butts Sr. 91, of 71 Ed Henry Road., Highlands, NC died Wednesday at GHS Cottingham Hospice House.  A graveside service will be 11 a-m Friday at Oconee Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 6 to 8 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, ATTN: […]

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Townville home fire

Fire broke out this morning at an unoccupied house in Towvnville, on the Perry Woolbright Road.  Charlie King, the Oconee Fire Chief, says the cause of the fire is being investigated.  Several southern Oconee volunteer fire departments, along with Seneca Rescue,  were sent to the fire.  

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