Tree committee recommendations accepted

Walhalla City Council accepted a committee’s plan to fill the four-block downtown area with oak and maple trees.  Up to 40 trees are going to cost $24 thousand.  The city is attempting to deflect the costs of those trees with donations and contributions, which will include $5 thousand from the Oktoberfest Committee.  

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Demolition of block to start after Christmas

Christmas 2015 will pass before workers start the demolition of one side of a Walhalla Streetscape block   Contractor Hutch ‘N Son has announced, “Our plans are not to demo the block between Spring and Ann on the South side until after Christmas.”  Meantime, work planned today includes the demolition of asphalt and concrete in the center of the Main Street […]

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Offer accepted by Westminster to settle litigation

Westminster has accepted an offer to settle its litigation against its former bank—-a case that involved a former city police chief.  Jeff Lord, city administrator, says the city council last night accepted an offer of $100 thousand from First Citizens to settle last January’s lawsuit in which the bank and former Chief of Police Scott Bannister were named defendants.  Lord […]

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Helen Rholetter Moore

Helen Rholetter Moore, 88, of 460 Highlands Hwy., Walhalla died Monday at her home.  She was the widow of Charles Ray Moore.  The funeral will be 2 pm Friday at Rocky Knoll Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers accepted.  Memorials may be made […]

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Dexter renews call for state funding

Reg Dexter renewed his quest last night to extract a promise from state lawmakers to fully fund the Local Government Fund.  The District Five councilman says the state has an additional $1.2 billion dollars in money.  He has accused the state of failing to live up to an aid to local government commitment that costs county residents.  But it’s a […]

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County vehicles to depict “Destination Oconee”

All but one member of Oconee County Council appears satisfied with including the words “Destination Oconee” as part of the logos displayed by county vehicles—-as long as the county’s seal remains unchanged.  And that’s how the matter was left last night after County Administrator Scott Moulder said he had he called at least a temporary halt to re-marking the county’s […]

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New deal for Hangar III tabled

At least for now, there’s no new deal between Oconee County and the limited liability company Hangar III.  At the start of last night’s County Council meeting, Administrator Scott Moulder announced “new developments” which he said he could not discuss in open session and requested that first reading of an ordinance to reform and re-state a ground lease agreement with […]

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Not guilty on both charges

An Oconee General Sessions jury yesterday returned verdicts of not guilty in the case of Tyson McWhorter.  The Oconee County resident was found not guilty of possession of methamphetamine and night hunting for deer.  He was arrested last year by the South Carolina DNR whose officers had set up a decoy deer in a field off the Ebenezer Road.  

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Oconeean stands trial charged by the State DNR

At 2 o’clock this afternoon, the defense gets to present its case, and Oconee General Sessions Court finds out if defendant Tyson McWhorter will elect to take the stand.  In 2014 McWhorter was arrested on Ebenezer Road, in the vicinity of his home, and charged by the South Carolina DNR with possession of methamphetamine and night hunting for deer.  The […]

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