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Tax mill hike in place of road tax

May 14, 2013

Oconee County councilmen acceded to the views of their budget committee chairman to kill the idea of the county’s first road maintenance fee. But, to square revenues with expenses next year, the council instead will move toward a general three mill tax increase. The fee had been the idea of County Administrator Moulder as a…

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Ground to be broken for new WHS

May 14, 2013

An official ceremony to break ground to build the new Walhalla High School takes place next week—even though trustees have yet to nail down a guaranteed maximum price for the project. That total price was discussed last night during a work session attended by three of the five trustees. Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for…

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Bannister charges sent to Oconee General Sessions

May 13, 2013

A magistrate today sent all charges against a former Westminster police chief to the Oconee General Sessions Court. Scott Bannister, who resigned last year, was charged this year with forgery, misconduct in office, and embezzlement of public funds. This morning’s preliminary hearing, before Magistrate Will Derrick, lasted 30 minutes. Bannister was present and represented by…

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Drought stage drops to “O”

May 13, 2013
Drought stage drops to “O”

Significant rainfall this month has improved lake storage in the Keowee-Toxaway River Basin and that, according to Duke Energy, allows the regional drought plan to return to Stage O. In Stage O, Duke is required to monitor conditions. Rainfall has resulted in Lake Jocassee gaining about 10 feet of storage since April. The Keowee-Toxaway basin…

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Seneca meeting changed

May 13, 2013

The May meeting of Seneca City Council takes place at 7 this Thursday night at City Hall. The meeting date has been changed from tomorrow night.

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Road work between Norris and Six Mile

May 13, 2013

Highway improvements begin today on a one and a half mile section of S.C. 137 in Pickens County. King Asphalt of Liberty would like everyone to know that its crews and equipment will be active on 137 between Six Mile and Norris at highway 93. All motorists should be extra careful in the vicinity of…

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Band-aid or permanent solution?

May 13, 2013

The Oconee-Pickens state senator says a gas tax increase alone won’t completely take care of South Carolina’s deteriorating roads and bridges. We asked Senator Thomas Alexander to comment on Oconee County resident Doug Young’s request of the County Council to contact Alexander and the rest of the county’s state lawmakers “to get something going. His…

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Jeep strikes tree in Walhalla

May 13, 2013

A Jeep left Walhalla’s East Main Street at night and hit a tree in front of St. Luke United Methodist Church. Capt. Curtis Rogers of the Walhalla Police Department said Saturday’s accident occurred at 3 a-m and left the driver with apparent minor injuries. Other details of the accident remained under investigation over the weekend.

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One of its kind opens in Walhalla

May 11, 2013
One of its kind opens in Walhalla

The Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina has officially joined a number of other museums that are positioned as stops for visitors to Walhalla, within a block of the Oconee Courthouse. This morning a breeze blew as a number of Native Americans and others from government took part in the culmination of a four-year…

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Moulder in line for revised contract

May 11, 2013

Scott Moulder’s life as Oconee County Administrator will extend at least three more years. Chairman Joel Thrift of the Oconee County Council said this morning that his negotiations with Moulder result in a three-year extension for Oconee’s longest-serving administrator. He took the job in 2010. Moulder currently is paid a $145 thousand annual salary but…

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  • October 31, 2014Faith Baptist Church's Fall Festival
  • October 31, 2014 6:00 pmWalhalla High Cheerleader Candy Giveaway
  • October 31, 2014 6:00 pmBoo in the Bay
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