Part of Main closed

At this hour, part of Walhalla’s Main Street is closed to traffic to allow workers to put up Christmas lights on one of the city’s oldest trees.  With the help of the fire department’s ladder truck, crews are lighting a tall deodora cedar in front of Arby’s.  Sherrie Edwards, wife of Mayor Danny Edwards, says some extra funding allows for […]

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Tommy Harper, Sr.

Fair Play – Tommy Earl Harper, Sr., 78, husband of Catherine Baer Harper, of 568 Harper’s Woods Road, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016.  A memorial service will be held at 4 pm, Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Earle’s Grove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.  The family is […]

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Texas business leader named to Clemson Trustee Board

Business leader Cheri Marie Phyfer has been named to the Clemson University board of trustees. Phyfer is president and general manager of the Diversified Brands Division of Sherwin-Williams, a company she joined in 1993 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson. She succeeds Bill Hendrix of Kiawah Island.   In 2008 Phyfer was named one of the “Most […]

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Intersection area a magnet for car wrecks

The area of a busy intersection near Seneca proved to be a magnet yesterday for car accidents.  Two accidents occurred yesterday in the vicinity of 123 and the Wells Highway/Sheep Farm Road intersection.  One accident occurred late in the morning; the other, early in the afternoon.  Late yesterday morning a car went out of control on the Wells Highway and […]

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Illinois man jailed after Oconee incident

An incident in the parking lot of a Sandifer Boulevard business Wednesday night last week landed a 33-year old man in jail—charged with pointing and presenting a firearm.  The Sheriff’s Office identified the man arrested as Hampshire, Illinois resident Joshua Huskins (right).  According to the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy took statements in which the victims of the incident alleged that […]

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Duncan calls Castro an evil man

Jeff Duncan, South Carolina’s Third District representative, sheds no tears for the late Fidel Castro.  Duncan, who chairs a foreign affairs subcommittee, said in a statement over the weekend. “The brutal reign of Fidel Castro inflicted horrific suffering on the Cuban people. While some may wish to paint a rosy picture of Communism and this dictator’s leadership, any account that […]

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Nine people displaced by home fire near Seneca

Fire yesterday afternoon damaged a home near Seneca.  According to the Red Cross, nine people—three children and six adults—were displaced by the fire shortly before 1:30 on the Owens Road.  Everyone inside the home is said to have gotten out of the house without being hurt though, according to the Seneca Fire Department, one person received treatment for smoke inhalation. […]

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Fire fighters attack the northern fornt

Fire crews continued their efforts to cut into containment lines as the Pinnacle Mountain fire moved slowly through the day yesterday.  Efforts yesterday were focused in the area of Slickum Falls Road.  At times, burnout operations caused heavy smoke.  In other sections of the fire’s perimeter, crews held existing lines, and monitored and patrolled for hot spots. To learn more […]

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Kenny Johns back on the job!

Kenny Johns has returned to work as Oconee Probate Judge, after a six-month suspension for social media comments made about the Zachary Hammond case.  Johns apparently resumed office duties this month after a State Supreme Court decision that upheld his interim suspension from office that covered a six-month period starting April 12.  The justices wrote:  “We find respondent’s misconduct warrants […]

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Hospital officials react to Phillips’ ouster

Greenville Health System officials are coming to the defense of the Oconeean who lost his seat on the policy-making board for the health care system.  In a statement, GHS chairwoman Lisa Stevens said, “Because of self-serving political agendas by a few members of the Greenville (state legislative) delegation, which include bringing flawed lawsuits and continual requests for inappropriate investigations, the […]

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