A 96.3/WGOG NEWS clarification

Our story Wednesday about an appropriation of $500 thousand for Walhalla’s Streetscape budget failed to make clear that the money was approved by the county’s state “C” Fund Committee, chaired by Sam Dickson. Our story made it sound as if the money were granted by the transportation committee of Oconee County Council, chaired by Joel Thrift. The $500 thousand came […]

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Bank VP on statewide committee

Blue Ridge Bank is proud of William Christopher Ellenburg.  The bank vice president has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Bank Operations Committee of the South Carolina Bankers Association.  The committee stays abreast of developments affecting the operations and technology areas of banks and relays available information to all members of their state association.  Ellenburg joined Blue […]

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Rotarians get tour of the new jail

Members of the Seneca Rotary Club visited a place this afternoon that they hope that they’ll never have the occasion to see again.  They toured the new Oconee Jail, which Sheriff Mike Crenshaw hopes will open next month.  That’s provided some finishing touches are added and the state Department of Corrections gives its blessing during a final inspection next week.  […]

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Keeping the surprises down!

Walhalla is stepping up efforts to make sure that downtown merchants and the general public can keep up with the latest on Streetscape.  Specifically, how the work is impacting every day routines.  If you have questions or problems, check cityofwalhalla.com or walhallachamber.com for updates.  You may also pick up the phone and dial two city councilmen.  David Underwood, chairman of […]

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Breach of contract judgment under appeal

A $250 thousand judgment is under appeal at the Oconee Courthouse.  The attorney for real estate company owner John Pulliam has filed in the Common Pleas Court for re-consideration of a judge’s order that Pulliam must pay Atlanta area resident Patricia Ford $257,593.12 to settle a case alleging breach of contract.  Ford is the widow of Richard Ford, another real […]

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Haynes absent again, new contempt findings

The owner of a condemned downtown Seneca building missed another court hearing today.  His absence could cost him dearly.  Municipal Judge Danny Singleton once again found the Rev. Efford Haynes in contempt.  This time Singleton slapped Haynes with a fine exceeding $500 thousand.  And that fine will escalate with every day that passes without the large building between N. 1st […]

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The latest on Streetscape

Here is today’s update on Streetscape from contractor Hutch ‘N Son, as provided to 96.3/WGOG NEWS by the city of Walhalla:  On Main, from the south side of Tugaloo to College, the power changeover to Bantam Chef takes place tomorrow.  New grades will be established and re-construction should start by the end of next week.  On Main, from the south […]

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$700 thousand to complete the job!

Funding has been identified and recommended to pay for re-making a Seneca utilities building that, when finished, will house personnel—-including the director of utilities.  The city council’s Light and Water Committee consented yesterday to recommending the city spend $700 thousand on the LoweryBuilding on N. Second Street.  Four-hundred thousand of which is described as what’s left in the budget set […]

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House votes to remove flag

“We continue to heal, as one people and one state.”  That from a statement early this morning from Governor Nikki Haley.  She spoke after the House of Representatives voted just after 1 o’clock this morning to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds in Columbia.  Haley said, “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can […]

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