Lightning hits historic Long Creek structure

Yesterday afternoon’s ferocious storm that hit the Long Creek-Mountain Rest area remains a conversation piece this morning in parts of Oconee County.  And, for good reason.  The sky darkened, trees toppled, and a lightning bolt made contact with Wildwater Limited’s main headquarters, a building that went up in 101 years ago and was the home of the former Long Creek […]

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Correct bills in the mail

A clerical error led to the wrong Walhalla water bills sent last week to the city’s utility customers.  Customers who came to City Hall noticed that the “read date” on the wrong bills was September last year.  Nancy Goehle, city administrator, said the staff corrected the mistake and the right bills are going out today. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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November school board elections ahead

The Oconee School District is announcing a two-week qualifying period this summer for those Oconeeans wishing to serve as county trustees—the policy-making board for the district.  Three seats are available in non-partisan contests as part of this year’s November General Election.  Those residents in Districts 2, 4, and 5 who wish to run may obtain a filing packet from the […]

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Stormy forecast for election day

Seeing Oconee’s director of elections out and about before the 6 o’clock hour this morning is a reminder that it’s primary run-off today for voters in both Oconee and Anderson counties.  The voters are being asked to cast ballots today to decide who gets the office of 10th Circuit Solicitor–Rame Campbell or David Wagner.  For Oconee elections director Joy Scharich […]

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Salem adopts new budgets

Four days before the beginning of a new year, the small Oconee town of Salem has new budgets.  They were approved during a meeting last night at Town Hall and followed a public hearing that attracted no one from the general public.  Neither Salem’s new general budget, nor its water budget, contains any tax or rate increase.  That’s even though […]

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NEXT makes final commitment for charter school

Word arrived at Salem from Greenville that the NEXT School made a final commitment last night to open a charter school in Salem’s former middle and high school.  Kim Alexander, clerk-treasurer for Salem, alerted the town council that the decision would be made last night during a meeting of the NEXT School board of directors.  Earlier this month NEXT CEO […]

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Man shot at convenience store

A man shot in his mid-section near West-Oak High required an airlift to a hospital.  Late yesterday afternoon’s shooting at the Hasty Mart convenience store  on SC 24 is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office which, so far, has released limited information.  Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, declined to say how many times the man was shot.  E-911/Communications […]

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Mishap at Yellow Branch Falls

A female twisted an ankle at what, at times, can be a precarious outdoor U-S Forest recreation spot in Oconee County.  Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services says rescuers need two and a half hours last evening to wrap up the rescue in which the injured female was carried to safety from the popular hiking area at Yellow Branch Falls […]

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Leadership Camp concludes

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Oconee County concluded their 2nd Leadership Camp recently with a graduation ceremony at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla. Thirty students participated in the camp June 6 through June 9.  Among the activities:  hiking, fishing, basketball, zip lining and swimming as well as a visit to some of the athletic facilities […]

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