Get ready to cool off!

Workers had to repair damage to a bathroom caused by an act of vandalism, but the public swimming season will start on time in three weeks in Walhalla. Christle Ross, executive director of the Foothills YMCA, gave a report last night on the partnership with the city of Walhalla to operate the city’s public swimming pool on W. Main Street. […]

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Trees to align the Streetscape route

The leader for a Walhalla tree committee estimates 40 to 45 trees can be planted along the four blocks downtown targeted as the city’s Streetscape project. Richard Harper told a meeting last night of the Partners for Progress that varieties of oaks, tupelos, lindens, and maples are among the kinds of trees being considered for the median and the sidewalk […]

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YoGo Express coming to West Union

Word has spread in recent days that where a Dairy Queen Restaurant in West Union once stood will come a replacement restaurant, offering a similar fare. That word was confirmed to 96.3/WGOG NEWS: “YoGo Express has purchased the Dairy Queen building in West Union, and we plan on rehabilitating the building,” Scott Shaffer told us late yesterday. He and his […]

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Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Duke Smith, 48, died Friday.  He was the husband of Jessica Smith.  A memorial service will be 4 p-m Thursday at Ramsey Creek Preserve.  Family members are at their homes.  Condolences for Kenneth Duke Smith may be expressed by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.

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Outdoor medical emergency in northern Oconee

An official of Oconee Emergency Services says contact was made this afternoon with a hiker in need of emergency medical attention.  He’s among a group of hikers.  Emergency Services’ Shane Gibbs says the hiker was located on a trail about halfway between Cherry Hill Campground at Mountain Rest and Tamassee.  It’s one of the county’s rugged sections of terrain, but […]

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Oconee couple establishes endowed scholarship

Professional engineer Richard Cottingham and his wife, Nancy, have pledged $500 thousand to establish a professor of civil engineering endowment at Clemson University. The Seneca couple is described as passionate about the university and about professional licensure in the engineering profession. Both have served on state boards of registration, and Richard Cottingham has served as president of the National Council […]

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Duncan amendment accepted

South Carolina’s 3rd District congressman says an amendment he offered to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed Friday on a voice vote. Republican Jeff Duncan says he succeeded in transferring $2.5 million from the administration account of the Department of Energy to the Army Corps of Engineers. According to Duncan, the money will increase funds for projects such as […]

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Will Streetscape be Walhalla’s “Yellow Brick Road”?

Economist Bruce Yandle, speaking last week in Walhalla, suggested that the project Streetscape could become the city’s path to prosperity. In front of an audience of both young and old, Yandle likened the re-make of the city’s core commercial business section to the Yellow Brick Road in the children’s classic “Wizard of Oz.” Yandle congratulated those attending the annual membership […]

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Casto project on council’s agenda

At its meeting tomorrow, Oconee County Council will consider second reading of a fee in place of tax ordinance to cover the commercial project that the real estate development company Casto is pursuing near U-S 123 and South Carolina 93 near Clemson. That ordinance creates an infrastructure improvement credit that’ll commit Oconee County to help pay for sewer work associated […]

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Car stolen

Someone stole a car Friday night in Walhalla. The police say a 2005 black Saturn was taken during the night from the address of 303 Parker Street. There’s a dent to the right front fender of the Saturn. The car license plate reads H-J-C-3-5-2. If you have information about this car theft, you are asked to contact the Walhalla police.

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