Campus police arrest Seneca man

Campus police at Clemson arrested a Seneca man who they say entered a residence hall room and took items from a student’s purse. Richard Clayton Sr. was being held in the city jail charged with burglary first degree, financial transaction card theft, petty larceny, and trespassing after notice. The police believe Clayton followed someone into the locked Manning Hall and […]

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“Penny” applications begin to mount

Official word is out on two requests pending before the Oconee Capital Project Sales Tax Commission to share in the potential of one-cent local sales tax money. The board of trustees for the Oconee Public Library this afternoon announces a special meeting 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, January 8 at the Seneca Branch Library to review and approve an application “to […]

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Jill Moore makes the grade!

  A teacher at West-Oak High, Jill Moore, has become the Oconee School District’s 105th Nationally Board Certified Teacher. Earnestine Williams, district director for human resources, congratulated Moore by saying, “We commend her efforts as she continues to grow professionally to impact student learning in the classrooms.” Most states provide salary incentives and cover the cost for teachers to pursue the […]

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Speak directly to your lawmaker next month!

Once a year, Oconee’s three state lawmakers gather in one public setting to talk about a new session of the legislature, as well as take the opportunity to hear directly from their constituents. State Senator Thomas Alexander, chairman of the Oconee Legislative Delegation, has announced the delegation’s 2014 public meeting will be 5:30 Monday evening, January 6 at the Seneca […]

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City councils vote on $610K payment

Two city councils cast votes last night against the idea of releasing Oconee County from its annual obligation to pay the Joint Regional Sewer Authority $610 thousand a year. The city councils in Walhalla and Westminster, during their regular December meetings, convened open meetings following executive sessions to officially respond to JRSA resolution 2013-22. In each instance, the vote was […]

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Walhalla gets a new leader!

Walhalla has a new member of the city council. Kathy Rogers accepted the oath of office last night to begin a four-year term January 1. The ceremony, administered by Mayor Danny Edwards, took place during last night’s December council meeting. Two incumbents who gained second terms in last month’s election—Josh Holliday and Jennifer Woodward Crawford—also accepted the oath for their […]

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OCC moves forward on a new jail

Oconee County will get a smaller jail than first planned and at a lower cost than first estimated. Meeting with architect and contractor representatives and Sheriff Crenshaw, County Council approved a schematic design for a jail to hold 200 inmates, with emergency capacity for an extra 40 beds. It’s to be a 65 thousand square foot, two-story building to adjoin […]

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The county shall not be released

Word from Walhalla City Hall is that, in a unanimous vote, the city council decided to hold Oconee County to an agreement which obligates the county to pay the Joint Regional Sewer Authority $610 thousand a year. The city council acted as a member city of the JRSA and, before voting last night, first met privately with its attorney, Julian […]

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Destructive fire at the end of a dirt road

Smoke in the air south of Walhalla alerted authorities to a fire that consumed a home and a few wooded acres around it. Fire Chief Doug Kelley identified the owners of the log cabin summer home as Grady and Beverly Bell, believed to be Atlanta residents. Walhalla Fire Department received help from nearby departments and other responders and required hours […]

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Three jailed charged with lottery ticket theft

Three men jailed at Walhalla are charged with stealing a rack of lottery tickets from a store near Salem. Oconee sheriff’s officers made the arrests in their investigation of a burglary at Little River General Store on the Alexander Road. The tickets carry a value of nearly $7 thousand. Those arrested and charged were identified by the Sheriff’s Office as […]

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