Schools open, no major problems

Just a few hours in, Oconee public schools are experiencing a good opening today—the first day back  from summer vacation.  Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, spoke to 101.7./WGOG NEWS, from the West-Oak attendance area.  “I’ve been to seven schools this morning in the West-Oak area and the Career Center and it seems like things have gone very smoothly.”   This is […]

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What follows Streetscape?

The finish of Streetscape in Walhalla appears to be months away, but what might come later once the sidewalks, parking, new street lights, and resurfacing are completed?  The answer could be assistance to the owners of the downtown buildings to make improvements.  At its meeting tonight, city council will hear Joe Bryant of the engineering consultants Seamon Whiteside talk about […]

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Streetscape work today

On today’s calendar for Walhalla Streetscape:  more demolition on the north side of Main, running the block between College and Catherine streets.  And, according to the schedule from general contractor Hutch ‘N Son, curb work is planned at Main and S. College and Main and S. Catherine.  

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Tracking Blue Ridge Electric’s history

Decade-by-decade, a new book traces the history of the upstate electric power retailer Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  “A History of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative” commemorates 75 years of a member-owned utility and was assembled in house.  Forty-five year Blue Ridge employee Terry Ballenger authored the book.  Denise McCormick directed the design and layout, assisted by marketing employees Liza Holder and […]

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Walhalla student visited Germany

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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

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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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