New crosswalk envisioned for Walhalla side street

A new crosswalk for Walhalla’s S. Catherine Street may come at the cost of eliminating an existing one a short distance away.  The mayor and council members grappled last evening with how to make pedestrian-friendlier the two-way block of S. Catherine between Main and S. Broad streets.  The city’s elected leaders want to make safer crossing S. Catherine from the […]

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Home fire near the Highlands Highway

Sirens blasted thru the early evening hours in Walhalla for a home fire a short distance from the city limit.  Rural Fire reports fire fighters were called at the 5 o’clock hour to a home on Breezy Hill Drive near SC 28/the Highlands Highway.  No one reported hurt.  They remained at the fire scene nearly six hours and were called […]

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Roy Pitts

  Anderson, SC— Roy Pitts, 82, formerly of K Street, Anderson, SC, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Seneca Residential Care. A private burial will be held at Oconee Memorial Park, Seneca, SC.  Davenport Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.    

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The NEXT ready for the 15th

“We’ll be there…with bells on!”  That’s how the public relations person for the new school in Salem responded today to whether the charter school will open its doors, as scheduled, on Monday, August 15.  Liz Kuemmerer also says there will be orientation sessions Friday and Saturday, and it’s a chance for parents to meet the teachers at the first-year school.

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Superintendent Spearman to speak in Westminster

The state’s education superintendent, Molly Spearman, will keynote this year’s Rotary Apple Festival luncheon in Westminster.  Rotarian Sam Dickson made the announcement today during a club meeting.  This year’s luncheon takes place Friday, September 9.  Tickets have yet to be printed because organizers have not yet decided how food costs will reflect on the price of this year’s luncheon.  

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Drought impact on cattlemen’s earnings

The continuous dry conditions have forced some Oconee County cattle farmers to sell early, and that impacts the earnings of those engaged in one of the county’s top agricultural pursuits.  Pat Williams, president of the Oconee Cattlemen’s Association, says, so far, he has not been forced to sell early, though he knows of others who have because their pastures aren’t […]

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School meal prices set for 2016-17

  Oconee public schools re-open for a new year on Monday, August 15.  School meal prices, with one exception, have been set.  In the elementary schools, reduced price breakfast will cost 30 cents and lunch 40 cents.  Paid elementary breakfast is $1.40 and lunch is $2.05.  In the middle and high schools, the cost for a reduced priced breakfast will […]

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Walhalla Library to close for two days

The main branch of the Oconee County Public Library in Walhalla will be closed tomorrow and Thursday for maintenance personnel to work on the ceilings in the library. Because the work is overhead, and such work presents a safety issue for both workers and the public, the county determined it would be best to be closed for the completion of […]

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Carter succeeds Smith

Rhett Smith had something tangible to carry with him when he left the meeting room the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority.  At the end of his service as a Westminster representative to the JRSA, Smith got to take home a plaque presented him by Bob Winchester, JRSA executive director.  The plaque recognizes Smith for 24 years of service.  Having decided […]

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