Grant awarded for public art

Seneca has been named a recipient of a $5 thousand grant that will allow for art works in public places. The grant from Hughes Investments for the purpose of community vibrancy was announced at a meeting yesterday of the organization Ten at the Top. It goes to the city and the Blue Ridge Arts Association. The art group’s vice president, […]

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Streetscape plan shown!

Walhalla’s Streetscape project dominated the city council’s regular November meeting, as landscape architect Clint Rigsby displayed what a four-block section of Main will resemble once the thoroughfare is reduced from four to two lanes of travel—between Ann and Tugaloo streets. “Sidewalk zone, angle parking, a back-out buffer space, 12’ travel lanes, a median in the middle,” according to Rigsby of […]

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Car break-in probe turns up suspect

  The Clemson police say their investigation of home burglaries and car break-ins throughout the east side of their city has turned up a suspect. The police have released a photo of a white male in a white shirt using a credit card stolen in one of the car break-ins. He is also considered a person of interest in other incidents. […]

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Controversial ordinance gets OCC OK

Oconee County Council approved last night an ordinance to require the Joint Regional Sewer Authority to provide more details when it submits requests for payments—such as an annual $600 thousand payment. First reading approval was unanimous on the part of the council, though the JRSA is anything except pleased. Before last night’s council meeting, JRSA Chairman Scott Parris used the […]

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OCC says yes to merger

Oconee County will fire up the ammunition needed to win at the game of economic development. The long-talked merger between the county Economic Development Office and the public-private partnership Oconee Alliance sailed through during last night’s County Council meeting, following presentations by County Administrator Scott Moulder and Alliance Chairman Robert Halfacre. The council, however, postponed the blending of the county’s […]

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West Union policeman resigns

A West Union policeman is resigning effective the latter part of the month. Trey Federici’s resignation will leave the small Oconee town with one officer only, Police Chief Mike Eppes. Mayor Linda Oliver says it’s her understanding Federici is leaving for personal reasons. He had been a West Union policeman since June and, according to a source, had recently completed […]

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A new low in relations between OC and the JRSA?

“Like a poison pill” is the phrase used today by the chairman of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority to describe the JRSA’s reaction to finding out about an ordinance scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s meeting of the Oconee County Council. That ordinance, to be read on first reading, calls for detailed invoices from the JRSA as a condition […]

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North Carolinian arrested at accident scene

The Walhalla police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol combined to place five charges against a Greensboro, North Carolina man who allegedly stole a car from a motel and wrecked it a short distance away. Capt. Curtis Rogers of the Walhalla Police said James Samuel Sams is accused Friday morning of taking a parked car at the Walhalla Motel and […]

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An alliance for Oconee tourism

The two employees of Oconee’s Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau, as the result of tonight’s County Council meeting, could be on their way to being official Oconee County employees. The council is to receive a recommendation from staff for CVB Director Ken Sloan and Marketing Director Charlotte Waters to become county employees of the county Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. […]

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Extreme U-S adventure recounts Deliverance

The Englishman known for alligator wrestling and cliffside climbing has sent word from across the Atlantic of the indelible part that his return played last summer to Oconee County, as part of his latest U-S adventure. The video product for another in a series of Charley Boorman’s USA Adventure touches on Boorman’s return to Oconee County and the Chattooga River […]

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