Constituent to Alexander: “I want that tax!”

A constituent of Senator Thomas Alexander exchanged pleasantries with the lawmaker at Westminster today and then told him, “I want that tax.”  She spoke to him after a meeting of the Rotary Club and referred to the fact that while the state’s roads and bridges are crumbling, South Carolina has made no change to the gas tax paid at the […]

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Devastated Oconee farmers may apply

State Senator Thomas Alexander expects an announcement within a few days that Oconee County farmers will be made eligible to apply for financial assistance, if they lost 40% of their crops during the flooding period last year.  Oconee and the rest of the Upstate received a lot of rain in the fall, but nowhere near what the mid and low […]

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McArthur Thrasher

  Fair Play – McArthur Thrasher, 74, of 3044 Hwy 243, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson.  A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel and entombment will follow.  The family will receive friends 4-6 pm, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Sandifer Funeral […]

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A plea of guilt to embezzlement

A former clerk at the office of Walhalla Magistrate admitted her guilt today to the charge of embezzlement of public money and received a sentence that sends her to jail for 30 days.  The jail sentence goes to Constance Louise Weaver, accused of the embezzlement of public funds amounting to $2,315.50 over a nine-month period between 2014 and 2015.  Deputy […]

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Hotel likely to pay dividends

Bill Chiusano is confident that if the old Oconee Courthouse eventually is turned into a hotel, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium can help fill the rooms with guests.  Chiusano, auditorium executive director, is pleased to endorse the effort by developers Herb Witter and Tom Markovich to acquire the financing they’ll need to rehabilitate the old courthouse into a hotel.  One hurdle […]

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Upper Savannah reservoirs enter Drought Level 1

The reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level yesterday when pool elevation at Lake Thurmond dipped below 326 feet above mean seal level.  Entering Trigger Level 1 activates the corps’ drought management plan which limits the discharge rate from the Thurmond Dam.  Once either Lake Hartwell or Lake Thurmond enters […]

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Oconee road projects 2017-2022

Two major Oconee County intersections are in line for improvements over the next six years.  Projects to improve 123 and Davis Creek Road—the Food Lion intersection—-and the confluence of three roads that lead to Fair Play are in the hopper.  But there is a ways to go before anything is finalized in the state’s Transportation Improvement Program for 2017-2022.  It’s […]

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Defendant extradited to Oconee

A man arrested in Kentucky has been extradited to Oconee County to face multiple charges of child sex crimes.  A resident of the Bluegrass State, Daniel William McElreath was arrested in his home state July 12 but now is lodged in the Oconee Detention Center where, so far, he has been denied bond.  The Sheriff’s Office made this announcement:  “A […]

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Lamar “Pete” James Smith

  Walhalla, SC— Lamar “Pete” James Smith, 75, husband of the late Linda Palmer Smith, of 615 S. John Street, Walhalla, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will […]

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