Hospital system OKs new governance plan

The Greenville Health System Board of Trustees approved a measure today that paves the way for GHS to be part of a larger multi-regional health system. The new structure, approved by a 12-2 vote, will provide GHS and future partners the flexibility needed in today’s changing healthcare environment. Under the approved model, the new multi-regional system will be comprised of […]

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Re-zoning voted down in Westminster

Westminster Planning Commission reached agreement last night against re-zoning two properties on S. Bibb Street.  The applicants—Stanley and Jeannette Harden—requested a change from R-25, one-family district, to a general residential zone for 506 and 508 S. Bibb.  “The commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the application due to the potential adverse impact of high-density development within an established area […]

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Traffic lane signs on each side of the downtown

The Streetscape contractor in Walhalla is taking steps to remind motorists that the nearest Main Street approaches to both ends of the core commercial area are reserved for left turns only.  To proceed thru the four-block area, drivers should stay in the right lane only. The left turn lanes have been striped for weeks but, according to Hutch ‘N Son, […]

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New accounting rule complicates audit

The best possible opinion rendered for how Oconee public schools handle their money may have been the only normal part last night during the annual audit presentation for the Oconee School District.   Certified Public Accountant Don Estep announced an “unmodified opinion”—which he said is the best possible.  Yet most of the auditor’s presentation dealt with a new accounting rule that […]

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Mascot and color change possible

Top Oconee school leadership sees no appetite on the part of the county trustees to change their vote to close the county’s smallest high school.  However, the trustees’ chairman and the county superintendent say changing Walhalla High’s mascot and colors are in play and they are relying on student input before making the changes.  Chairman Andy Inabinet and Superintendent Dr. […]

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Mize case resolved, removed from trial docket

A plea late last week in Laurens County resolved criminal charges facing an Oconee County resident.  A Laurens judge accepted the guilty plea from Timothy Mark Mize, who had been charged by presenting false claims to insurance companies.  The defendant’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Danny Day, said Mize was allowed to plead to misdemeanor offenses and was ordered to serve […]

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Vandals strike at the Christmas season

Vandals in Seneca apparently have a low regard for the spirit of the season.  City officials tell that someone last night destroyed Christmas decorations at the Norton-Thompson Park downtown, and the police are investigating.  Chief John Covington says the latest estimates have raised the financial loss from $3 to $5 thousand dollars. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Was it truly a “thousand-year storm”?

Huge volumes of water blasted through South Carolina cities and suburbs, breached dams and washed out bridges in October.  The rainfall conjured up the description of a “one-thousand year storm.”  But a water specialist at Clemson suggests that we’ve played foot-loose with the term thousand-year storm.  Associate professor Cal Sawyer believes it would be a mistake to write off the […]

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Walhallan arrested on multiple charges

Steven Lee Duncan

Multiple charges have been placed against a 35-year old man the police found behind the wheel of a truck Saturday morning in the Wal-Mart parking lot at Seneca.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office today announced charges of receiving stolen goods and financial transaction card theft against Walhalla resident Steven Lee Duncan.  Oconee deputies got in touch with the Macon County, North […]

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Danny Pelfrey

Danny Lawrence Pelfrey, 60, of 125 Pelfrey Hollow Drive, Westminster died Saturday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Belinda Gail Davis Pelfrey.  A graveside service will be 2 pm Wednesday in the Pelfrey Family Cemetery, 125 Pelfrey Hollow Drive, Westminster.  The family receives friends all day Tuesday at the home.  The family is at the residence.  Flowers […]

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