Walhalla student visited Germany


As a Rotary Club exchange student, Walhalla High senior Lauren Long spent part of her summer in Germany.   Yesterday, on the eve of the start of her senior year in high school, Lauren gave her host club, the Walhalla Rotary Club, a report on her adventure.  Although much schooling remains ahead for her, Lauren has an eventual goal in the […]

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Second meeting for comprehensive plan update

Most of the completed online surveys to give feedback on Oconee’s comprehensive plan were sent by residents of District One.  And those who answered the survey in that rural district are typical of Oconeeans who are asking their government to try to channel growth toward the county’s municipalities.  At the World of Energy last night, county planners held a second […]

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Commissioners meet privately, media excused


A special meeting for the sole purpose of discussing a sore point with Oconee County was convened last night by the commissioners representing the Joint Regional Sewer Authority.  With their attorney present, the commissioners headed into an executive session to talk about an annual $610 thousand dollar payment from county government and apparently what they should do about not getting […]

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Walhalla home fire

At the start of last night’s rain, a home fire in Walhalla.  The fire, confined to the kitchen, occurred on S. Tugaloo Street amidst a residential neighborhood in the city.  No injuries reported.  According to fire fighters, a neighbor discovered the fire upon the sight of smoke.  A pet dog perished in last night’s fire. During the rain, a tree […]

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School bells chime this morning!

A rainy start to the new school year.  Nevertheless,students and teachers get ready for a new school year today in Oconee County. For everyone, the first day and week are a time to put summer leisure behind and replace it with the important practice of education.  School officials are predicting no surprises for opening enrollment.  They expect the traditional numbers […]

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Multi-vehicle accident in Seneca

The police say part of the late morning accident on Seneca’s WN 1st Street involved a head-on collision.  According to Capt. Robert Tribble, the accident started when a Kia slowed to attempt a left turn from WN 1st onto the Perkins Creek Road.  Behind the Kia came a Ford Explorer whose driver, the police say, took evasive action to avoid […]

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Stolen water pump valued at $1 thousand

Battle Creek Road Picture #2

A thief, apparently during the night last week, stole a water pump in Long Creek.  Oconee Sheriff’s Office is investigating and, thru Crime Stoppers, will pay a cash reward to whoever can provide the tip that solves this crime.  The theft occurred August 12 on Battlecreek Road.  The stolen water pump is a 12-year old Jacuzzi, ½ horsepower, 4.5 gallon […]

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Sheryl Kalchthaler

Sheryl “Sheri’ O’Dell Kalchthaler, 70, of 411 Tiger Tail Road, Seneca died Thursday, August 13 at the Cottingham Hospice House.  She was the wife of Robert Kalchthaler.  Celebration of life will be 6:30 p-m Thursday, August 20 at Ann Hope United Methodist Church. Memorials in her memory may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, Attn:  Foundation Office, 298 Memorial […]

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Joanne Swaney Grant

Joanne Swaney Grant, 76, of 918 Friendship Road, Seneca died Sunday at her home.  She was the wife of Bobby Orr Grant.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Thursday at Hepsibah Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The body will lie in state at the residence where the family receives friends from beginning the evening of Monday, […]

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