Trial winding down

A civil engineer from Columbia is testifying as the last witness in the two week old lawsuit trial in the Oconee Common Pleas Court. Once John Johnson’s testimony is complete, Judge Lawton McIntosh is expected to instruct the jury to report tomorrow morning for the start of closing arguments. Johnson told defense lawyer Stephanie Burton that in his review of […]

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Pro-like cycling experience headed to Oconee

A big cycling event is headed for Oconee County next month—attracted, in part, by the distinction of one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places” that National Geographic bestowed on the county two years ago. The Road Titans 300 is set for Friday through Sunday, November 7-9. The cyclists will embark on an ambitious ride on roads passing waterfalls, […]

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Deputy graduates from academy

Oconee deputy sheriff Jamie Hellams graduated last week from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and is ready to join the county’s road patrol on its Bravo shift. Hellams is a 2006 graduate of Walhalla High School and holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Tri-County Technical College. He worked in private business and for Oconee County at the […]

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Ashton receives promotion

Walhalla Fire Department has announced the promotion of a part-time fire fighter to a full-time position as city fire marshal. Chief Doug Kelley told the mayor and council this week the position goes to James Ashton. Assisting Ashton as deputy marshal will be Kevin Kisner. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Work at Clemson intersection

The City of Clemson has contracted King Asphalt to mill the pavement and re-stripe the intersection of highway 123 and College Avenue. The project begins at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon and will continue through the night until finished. One lane will remain open in both directions, however caution is advised during the work. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Ebola preparedness announcement

The Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control hold a news conference at 10 this morning in Columbia to discuss the state’s preparedness should Ebola patients present in South Carolina.  DHEC yesterday issued a public health order for a statewide health preparedness network to provide essential email communications to a central database […]

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Duncan calls for visa suspension

Congressman Jeff Duncan is calling for the temporary suspension of visas for individuals traveling from areas of West Africa impacted by the Ebola virus. The suspension would last until the outbreak is under control. Duncan, chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, joined the chairman of the full committee to ask both the Homeland Security Director and the Secretary of State […]

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“Shouting match” at job site

A witness testified today he heard a shouting match at the project to extend the Oconee Airport runway when a contractor attempted to lay a test pave to extend the airport/taxiway in 2010. Alan Smith, project manager for co-defendant Talbert and Bright, will return to the witness chair at 2:15 this afternoon to be cross-examined by the plaintiff’s side in […]

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Field is drying out!

  Twenty-four hours ago it might have been hard to imagine, but a new day has brought sunny temperatures which have lent to helping dry out Sertoma Field in time for this weekend’s Walhalla Oktoberfest.  A supporter of the city’s celebration of it  German heritage says the committee is taking care to dry out the field as much as possible before […]

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A correction!

The grant that will funnel $100 thousand for the Walhalla Pool comes from the S.C. General Assembly.  An earlier 96.3/WGOG NEWS report stated the money will come from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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