Officially a race for Walhalla mayor

True to his word, Walhalla’s Danny Edwards has affixed his signature to a statement of candidacy intention to run once again for mayor.  Edwards entry yesterday into the election means he’ll be asking the Walhalla voters to return him to a second, four-year term on Election Day, November 3.  With a day to go in candidate qualifying, Edwards faces one […]

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Graham lambastes nuclear deal with Iran

President Obama has at least 34 Senate votes to support his nuclear deal with Iran.  And one of the deal’s critics, Senator Lindsey Graham, says, “The Iranians have now secured enough votes for the Senate to ensure they have a pathway to a bomb, the missile to deliver it, and the money to pay for it.”  The South Carolina Republican […]

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A donation to a Tech scholarship


Oconee Federal Savings and Loan Association made a $10,000 contribution to Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation toward an existing scholarship established in 1996 for Oconee County residents.  Curt Evatt, president of Oconee Federal Savings and Loan, middle, is pictured with Grayson Kelly, executive director of the Foundation, and Courtney White, director of development at the College.  Evatt was appointed this fall […]

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Get your tickets, now!


Tickets are now available for next week’s South Carolina Apple Festival luncheon in Westminster. Everyone is invited to hear James Clements, president of Clemson University since late 2013.  Clements will keynote the luncheon that starts at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, September 11 in the social hall of the Westminster Baptist Church.  Tickets are $15 dollars and available from any member […]

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Island curb work forming

Workers are forming the island curb in Walhalla, on the north side of the intersection of Main and Tugaloo.  And those traffic devices are in the shape of the future islands, or what have been referred to as the new Main Street medians, as part of Streetscape.  If you are parking on the north side of Main in the affected […]

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Creating a fourth county park easier said than done

The executive director of FOLKS—Friends of Lake Keowee—-thinks the time is right for Oconee County to move on acquiring Duke Energy’s Fall Creek access area to make it the county’s fourth county park.  Before the council last night, Ben Turetsky described Duke as weary over litter and other crimes that plague the popular Lake Keowee access area near Salem.  According […]

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Traffic changes at 93-123


The development envisioned on property that once was a textile plant near Clemson is going to mean traffic changes in Oconee County.  And at least one man wants the County Council to try to save what he called a “fly-off” lane that funnels traffic from Oconee toward Clemson University.  Robert Moore told the council last night that the county, as […]

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Staff attorney survives 3-2 vote

Allowing the Oconee County administrator to be the one who hires an in-house attorney survived a second vote during last night’s County Council meeting.  The council second reading approval passed 3 to 2, with McCall, Cain and Cammick in the affirmative and Dexter and Thrift in the minority.  District Five’s Reg Dexter raised concern that it would be the administrator […]

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Tax rate to remain unchanged


The Oconee County tax rate will remain at 215 mills, unchanged from a year ago.  County Council made the decision last night, after receiving Auditor Ken Nix’s annual presentment.  Because of a higher bill due this year from Duke Energy, Nix gave the council the option of lowering the rate by nearly two mills.  By making no cut, the council […]

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Lawsuit to be settled

Oconee will settle a lawsuit by one of the contractors involved in the county broadband network project.  After a closed session, County Council last night voted to settle by paying $630 thousand to the company, MP2Net.  According to county officials, the payment is a refund plus accrued interest and involves no penalty.  

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