Refugee vetting bill gets Scott’s support

A bill to enact a strong vetting process for any refugee population looking to enter the U-S has the support of Tim Scott, U-S senator of South Carolina.  Republican Scott yesterday registered his vote in favor of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015.  According to Scott’s office, the bill places a moratorium on refugees until the […]

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Hiking trails planned at Sassafras Mountain

The South Carolina DNR plans two new hiking trails at Pickens County’s Sassafras Mountain.  Public input, comments and guidance are invited during a meeting at 10 o’clock Monday morning, February 8 at the Clemson DNR office at 311 Natural Resources Drive.  One trail is to offer a view of Sassafras Falls on Abner Creek—about one-half mile below the summit of […]

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Fire death in Pickens

A fire death is reported in the City of Pickens.  The county coroner, Kandy Kelley, says the body of Kathleen Bagwell was found during the noon hour Tuesday at the back of her home at 314 Ann Street.  She was 81 years old.  The city and state police are investigating.

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Complaint office opens at City Hall

An office for Westminster residents to register complaints about their city government is about to open at City Hall.  Mayor Brian Ramey announced yesterday that he and occasionally members of city council will occupy a small office for the purpose of hearing residents who come to City Hall with a gripe.  Ramey says the complaint office run by elected officials […]

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First wave of winter weather passes

Ol’ Man winter raised his ugly head yesterday, and we’re still feeling the effects today.  Because of ice on some mountain roads in the Long Creek, Mountain Rest, and Tamassee-Salem areas, Oconee public schools are on a two-hour delay for today.  Light snow fell at mid-afternoon yesterday and that led to the schools sending students home early.  Afternoon activities were […]

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Joan “Joni” Denise Addis

Joan “Joni” Denise Addis, 57, of 219 Short Cut Road, Walhalla died Monday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of Philip E. Addis.  A memorial service will be 2 pm Friday at Davenport Funeral Home.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystropy Association via www.mda.org.  Condolences may be sent to the family by […]

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Walhalla approaches a water plant deal

Walhalla City Council gave first reading last night to a contract with the company Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for the design, for the permitting, and for the construction administration for the city’s next water treatment plant.  No figures were given prior to the preliminary vote.  City Administrator Nancy Goehle says the city attorney, Julian Stoudemire, has reviewed the contract.

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Lifetime service award winners

At a dinner last night, Oconee Emergency Services formally said thank you to all the men and women who volunteer their time and effort to the county’s various public safety services.  Two men were singled out for lifetime service awards:  Wayne Garland of the Walhalla Rescure Squad and Bob Kinder of the county’s dive and rescue squad.  Charlie King of […]

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Katherine Hill

Katherine Anita Hill, 61, of 509 S. Depot Street, Seneca died Monday at her home.  She was the wife of Charles “Chuck” Hill.  The funeral will be 11 am Thursday at Chauga Baptist Church with burial to follow in Chauga Cemetery.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Wednesday at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the home of […]

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