Azalee Chapman Wilbanks

Azalee Chapman Wilbanks, 96, native of Salem, died Tuesday at Foothills Assisted Living. She was the widow of Chester Hiles Wilbanks.  Services will be 2 p-m Thursday at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Salem with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  The family receives friends from 6-8 p-m Wednesday at Davenport Funeral Home.  The body will be placed in the […]

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First day attendance numbers

Oconee public schools recorded countywide attendance today at 10,240–the first day back from summer recess.  Total attendance at the new Walhalla High School at 987–fell 13 short of the figure of 1,000.  On day 1 last year it stood at 988. The Walhalla High attendance was the highest among the county’s four high schools.  Nearby Tamassee-Salem’s count of 250 dropped […]

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The Civil War, as recalled in story and song


The Civil War, or the War Between the States, was a conflict that still affects us today.  The public is invited for a concert next week at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium that will feature the Civil War year 1865—both in song and story.  Featured presenters at 8 o’clock Saturday night, August 28 will be the Phil Cheney Minstrels.  To order […]

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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


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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