“Case ripe for resolution”

Attorneys for Fred Shepherd, the former Community First Bank President, say Shepherd’s legal claim to require the bank to re-start his retirement benefit plan is “ripe for resolution.”  The attorneys made the declaration in a filing with the U-S District Court.  The quest by Shepherd is part of a complex set of litigation that pits Shepherd against his former employer and […]

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Teenager’s eyes set on law enforcement career

A 15-year old boy at Walhalla High is showing his support for law enforcement officers by making paracord bracelets that his grandmother showed him how to make.  Tyler Orr, a rising junior, wants to be a law enforcement officer.  His passion for the field led him to classes in the criminal justice program at the Hamilton Career Center and plans […]

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State Grand Jury indictments

Three former state DOT employees have been indicted in Columbia, and the Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has issued a short statement acknowledging the State Grand Jury indictments. Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said, “SCDOT has zero tolerance for wrongdoing of any kind and wishes to express its appreciation for the hard work of both the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and […]

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From teller to bank president

  After a young JoAnn Robins lost her job at a Walhalla department store, she walked down the street and found work as a teller at a one-year old bank.  That was 58 years ago, and her career continues today.  That teller is now JoAnn Bryson and her employer, the Blue Ridge Bank, is celebrating a career that saw her […]

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James Elmer Littleton

Salem, SC— James Elmer Littleton, 94, husband of the late Della Chapman Littleton, of 191 Boone Creek Road, Salem, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will […]

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Marie Cobb Pickens

  Westminster-Marie Cobb Pickens, 90, wife of the late Robert Arnold Pickens, of 155 Robert Drive, passed away July 28, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Sandifer Funeral Home with burial to follow at Hopewell United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10-11 am Saturday prior to the […]

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Clemson graduation next week

More than 1,000 Clemson University students will receive degrees Friday, Aug. 5 at the summer graduation ceremony at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena. More than 100 doctoral students will receive diplomas and be hooded in their regalia during a separate ceremony Thursday, Aug. 4. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be streamed live on ClemsonTV. Clemson’s graduation ceremonies have […]

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A three-member countywide chamber board

After survey results were factored, the board of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce in Seneca voted to dissolve in favor of a three-member board representing the chambers in Seneca, Walhalla, and Westminster.  The effective date is August 31.  Ed Halbig chaired a committee that considered the venture and said today there were no dissenters among the directors who voted.  Questions […]

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Elizabeth Busch

  Westminster – Elizabeth Lee Farmer Busch, 60, wife of Bryan Harold Busch, of 187 Babycake Dr., passed away, July 27, 2016 at Cottingham Hospice House. A funeral service will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Burial will follow in the cemetery.   The family is at the residence. Condolences may […]

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Race is joined for Seat Two, School Board

In the first hours of candidate qualifying a contest had already developed for the Oconee School Board seat being relinquished this year by Walhalla’s Rosemary Bailes.  The first to enter the race for Seat Two was the retired 44-year district employee Joe Rukat.  And only a couple of hours later Steven Moore was in the fold.  The Moore candidacy represents […]

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