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Roundabout is a new concept for Oconee

October 22, 2014

If one life is saved, the money and the effort will be worth it. That’s the thinking of the South Carolina DOT as it goes about introducing a new concept next year to the Oconee County motoring public. Josh Makison, resident construction engineer, says in the works for accident-prone Wells Highway and Strawberry Farm Road…

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Three highway projects in the works

October 22, 2014

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has three highway improvement projects in the pipeline for 2015.  One of them will introduce a new concept for Oconee County motoring.  It’s called a roundabout and it’s on the drawing table for the accident prone intersection of Wells Highway and Strawberry Farm Road near Seneca.  Not far away…

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Clearing up a misconception

October 22, 2014

At the start of last night meeting, Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder took a few minutes to clarify and try to clear up confusion over whether a one cent increase in the local sales tax, should it pass the November referendum, will apply to the purchase of groceries. It will not, Moulder said. Confusion arose,…

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Auditor: Walhalla’s books in order

October 22, 2014

2013-14 was “a very good year” in the estimation of Walhalla’s auditor. Certified public accountant Jason White delivered a report last night to the mayor and council that the city’s general fund realized $178 thousand above expenses. According to White, the city was able to accomplish its financial standing with the help of a $391…

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Reslution approved after call to order

October 22, 2014

In light of the state’s lack of money to repair roads and bridges, is it fair to prod the state legislature to fund a financial commitment to local government? It was an issue raised last night as District Two’s Wayne McCall voted against a resolution aimed to increase the county’s Local Government Fund from state…

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Another reprieve for the Courthouse Inn developers

October 22, 2014

Oconee County Council has given the Courthouse Inn developers until next month to secure the elusive financial commitment that separates them from developing the old courthouse into a boutique hotel. Last night the council had hoped for such assurance in writing. Instead it heard developer Jim Carswell say he and his partner, John Powell, have…

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Council takes 3-2 votes

October 22, 2014

Votes of three in favor, two against proved to be the norm during last night’s Oconee County Council meeting. Division showed in the ranks of the councilmen in a handful of major issues. By one-vote margins, the council gave the second of three required readings to an ordinance to cover all county employees who are…

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Crime scene investigation

October 21, 2014

Officers this afternoon are reported sifting through trash at one of Oconee’s manned convenience centers. According to a caller to 96.3/WGOG, the officers appear to be interested in something or some things that may have been thrown into one of the bins at the Five Forks convenience center, between Walhalla and Westminster. It’s believed they’ve…

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Help break the cycle of abuse

October 21, 2014

At 4 o’clock, you can help break the cycle of abuse.  Representatives of Safe Harbor and the county’s emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, will greet the public at the Walhalla Main Branch of the Oconee Library to share ways everyone can help to break the cycle of abuse.  You can find out how…

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Plea and sentence in the death case of two infants

October 21, 2014

A mother admitted her guilt today in the deaths of her two infant children, and she was sentenced in the Oconee General Sessions Court. A court officer said Melissa Cassandra Patton pleaded guilty to two charges of felony driving under the influence in the deaths New Year’s Day of Patton’s children: one-year old Taniya Gambrell…

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  • December 20, 2014 6:00 pmMountain Rest Community Club's Monthly Meeting
  • December 20, 2014 7:00 pm35th Old Fashion Christmas Pageant
  • December 21, 2014 10:30 amWelcome Wesleyan Church Holiday Meal Giveaway
  • December 23, 2014 5:30 pmA Laidback Candlelit Service
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