“Economic development project coming to town”

Oconee’s economic development recruiter heralds the coming of a new employer. And it appears, from remarks by Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance, that the new employer from Anderson is going to occupy a former Beacon warehouse building on 123 near 11 and employ 50 workers. Asked about comments attributed to him at a Seneca Rotary Club meeting this […]

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Dillard House executive died Sunday

The death this week of the president/CEO of the Dillard House in Rabun County, John Dillard, has shaken that northeast Georgia county. A private memorial service is planned for the 69-year old Dillard. The family has released this statement: “John’s wife (Louise D. Dillard) and his two children, Natalie Dillard Cross and John Earl Dillard, will continue their best efforts […]

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Prize awarded to young library patron

 Summer time reading has paid off for one Oconee County teenager. Julia Jessop received a pair of Beats by Dre headphones for completing the Oconee Public Library’s teen summer reading program. Julia completed ten required literacy tasks and qualified for the grand prize drawing. The headphones were presented by Youth Services Librarian Stacie Powell and Seneca Branch Manager Emily Sluder. […]

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Cutting trees on public lands

The Army Corps of Engineers is investigating and pursuing restitution for seven cases of destruction to public lands surrounding Lake Hartwell. According to Sandy Campbell, natural resource manager, the destruction cases represent an un-precedented increase in property owners illegally removing trees and vegetation along the lake shoreline. The consequences may include fines, court appearances and, in some instances, revocation of […]

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Councilmen donate their paychecks

The Walhalla mayor and council members are up to date on the project to establish a 9-11 memorial in Oconee County, on property next to the new Walhalla High School construction site. Brett McLaughlin and Jim Alexander of the 9-11 Memorial Committee, during a presentation last night, announced that there will be a ribbon-cutting September 11—to mark one year from […]

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“Tailored-down” Streetscape pan on the way

What’s now described as a “tailored-down” Streetscape plan for Walhalla will be presented publicly within a few weeks. Mayor Danny Edwards made the announcement last night at City Hall. After conferring with Joe Bryant of the Seamon Whiteside company, Edwards said the project plan will probably be presented and shown to the public and the city council during council’s first […]

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Courthouse Inn deadline extended

Oconee County Council will allow the developers who proposed converting the former courthouse into a boutique-type hotel a few more weeks. Council’s action last night means that John Powell and Jim Carswell have until September 16 to secure the financing that, so far, has eluded them. Though he made clear he was not seeking an extension of old courthouse lease, […]

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Keep broadband alive, Moulder urges

96.3/WGOG began enjoying the advantages this week of high-speed internet, courtesy of Oconee County’s “FOCUS” project. But the delay in spreading high-speed availability to other parts of the county has led to complaints that made their way to last night’s Oconee County Council meeting. Administrator Scott Moulder appealed to council to keep alive the project to build a broadband network […]

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Mayor extends an olive branch

The request by the chamber of commerce to make changes in this year’s Oktoberfest has been tabled by the Walhalla City Council. The council acted unanimously last night, after a plea by Mayor Danny Edwards. Edwards appealed for a time-out and asked for a committee to work out differences among the chamber director, the police and fire chiefs, and the […]

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House fire claims life in Walhalla

A home fire last night in Walhalla’s Mountain View subdivision has left a 49-year old man dead. Coroner Karl Addis said Michael Joseph Marcello was extricated from the bedroom area of his home at 829 North Andover Drive. Within a few minutes, EMS determined Marcello showed no signs of life. An autopsy has been ordered. Multiple fire departments, including Walhalla, […]

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