Bartee parole chance this week

James Bartee gets a second chance at parole this week in Columbia.  Pete O’Boyle, spokesman for the State Probation, Parole and Pardon Board, has confirmed Bartee’s hearing Wednesday will be held in front of the entire board—whereas his failed attempt earlier this summer was handled by a three-member panel of the board.

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Man stabbed in the chest

Matthew Jacob Eder

A stabbing yesterday in Newry has landed a 21-year old man in jail, charged with attempted murder.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office announced the charge and arrest of Matthew Jacob Eder of the Newry Road.  It is there on the Newry Road yesterday that, according to the arrest affidavit in a warrant, Eder is accused of attempting to kill David Seth […]

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Learn about your county’s comprehensive plan

Would it surprise you to know that Oconee County is trying to plan its future with an up-to-date comprehensive plan?  You can learn about the plan and its ingredients at one or both public meetings this week.  They are being hosted at the depots in Walhalla and Westminster at 6 o’clock tonight and again Thursday.  Tonight’s meeting takes place at […]

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Hailing those falling unemployment numbers

If you want work in Oconee but haven’t been fortunate enough to find it, you are slotted in a declining number of county residents these days.  The county’s economic development director is encouraged that fewer Oconeeans are left to draw benefit while the county’s workforce is growing.  The Economic Alliance’s Richard Blackwell focused on that 5.8% county jobless rate for […]

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Per pupil spending in Oconee schools

A report shows the spending per pupil in the Tamassee-Salem Middle and High School exceeded $10 thousand dollars during 2014.  And the projection for spending there this year is projected to surpass $11.5 thousand.  This information will be in front of Oconee school trustees as they sit for their September meeting tonight.  The figure of $10,139 per pupil at Tamassee-Salem […]

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Sidewalk work today!

Sidewalk work is the order of the day in Walhalla’s Streetscape.  Sidewalk is being poured on the north side of Main—between Tugaloo and College streets.  Crews are prepping for more new sidewalk between College and Catherine streets.  Look for workers from Hutch ‘N Son to pour concrete in the road crossings to prepare for new asphalt.  That could lead to […]

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Crash in Clemson


This traffic pole remained upright in spite of an accident late Sunday morning in Clemson. The small pickup involved didn’t fare as well, as it sustained heavy front damage.  The accident slowed eastbound traffic on U-S 123 in front of Gateway Village, home to Publix and McAlister’s.

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Wear jeans and your finest jewelry!

Dress up fancy in jeans or whatever and women wear your finest “diamond” jewelry.  That’s the hook for the public to come out for a big Saturday night social occasion in Oconee County for a good cause.  The organization “Ripple of One” that tries to reduce reliance on government assistance by working with one client at a time will hold […]

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Dying tree is a safety hazard

A large tree inside Clemson’s Memorial Stadium is dying and, according to the university, creates a safety hazard.  The large white oak is to be replaced by a bald cypress, scheduled to be planted once the football season ends.  The dying tree stands in the southeast corner of the lower seating bowl.  According to the university arborist, university landscape services […]

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