Schools will delay opening

Oconee County public schools are running on a two-hour delay this morning. Most roads have returned to dry (normal) condition.  According to the DOT, there are some roads–mostly secondaries in shady areas–that may have icy patches.  However, the temperatures have risen and the isolated icy patches are melting. Still motorists are advised to be aware of possible black ice caused […]

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Case headed to the jury

Both sides have rested in the Oconee trial courtroom, and the state’s case against a 22-year old man is on it way this afternoon to the jury room. The jurors will have the duty of deciding whether Jessie Wayne Davis is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. For his part, Davis exercised the right not to testify . […]

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Deadline nears for West Union election

On the eve of the cut-off date, the field of candidates for this year’s West Union election includes one for mayor and three for the four available council seats. By early this afternoon, Linda Oliver remained alone for re-election as mayor. The council candidates are newcomer Chris Johnson and incumbents Bethany Peay and Sharon Zimmerman. This year’s election is April […]

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Judicial screening schedule to be announced

If a judgeship is ahead for you, there are important dates to follow in 2014. The chief counsel for the South Carolina Merit Selection Commission, Jane Shuler, plans to announce next week the particulars for aspiring judicial candidates. Seats to be available this year include the 10th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2. It’s the seat that West Union’s Alex Macaulay must […]

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SC returns to normal operations

South Carolina has begun to return to normal as agencies scale back operations related to the severe winter storm that began Tuesday. Governor Haley rescinded the emergency order, which means state and county emergency management offices are now back to normal, daily operations. Today state and county government officers either delayed opening or resumed normal schedules. However, Oconee public schools […]

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Witnesses testify

Delayed by snow, an Oconee County trial has resumed in Walhalla. Witnesses for the prosecution were on the stand late this morning in South Carolina versus Jessie Wayne Davis. The 22-year old Oconeean went to trial Tuesday, charged with multiple offenses alleging sexual misconduct with two girls—8 and 11 years old. Testifying today were an investigator for the Sheriff’s Office […]

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Chamber makes presentation tonight

If you’ve ever wondered about the value of a local chamber of commerce, you can find out tonight in Walhalla. The Walhalla area chamber will host a “Who We Are and What We Do” at 6:15 tonight at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium. There’ll be an update from the city, along with word on a proposed education partnership that’ll benefit new […]

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Mayor talks Streetscape

To the naked eye, little has been evident to show that Walhalla Streetscape is going to be a reality in 2014. But Mayor Danny Edwards does not rule out the possibility that the project can be done in time for this year’s Oktoberfest. In recent weeks, the contractor and the landscape engineers have been seen on Walhalla’s four-block section downtown. […]

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Scott calls for an up-or-down vote

U-S Senator Tim Scott wants Washington to act on the SKILLS legislation that would reform the government’s workforce development and training programs. After President Obama declared support for high-quality workforce training during this week’s State of the Union address, Republican Scott called on the President and Democratic Senate leaders to seek an up-or-down vote on the SKILLS Act. It’s legislation […]

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Gantt documentary to be broadcast nationwide

A documentary chronicling the journey of the South Carolinian who became Clemson University’s first African-American student will be broadcast nationwide in February, Black History Month. South Carolina ETV, an affiliate of the National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), will broadcast “The Education of Harvey Gantt” beginning Tuesday, February 4 on stations covering 72% of U-S television markets, including New York, Los […]

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