Walhalla goes thru the water!

After a major rehabilitation project, the Walhalla Municipal Swim Pool enjoyed a short, but satisfying late summer season—with the hope that the pool will operate for a full summer season next year. In the meantime, however, pool water is disappearing, and no one at last night’s City Hall meeting could explain why. “There’s no telling where it’s going,” said John […]

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Tourism spending in Oconee County

A new report places tourism spending last year in Oconee County at $52.5 million. The report, “Economic Impact of Travel on South Carolina,” was released this week by the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. It shows that tourism expenditures grew nearly 3% from 2011 and that tourism directly supports 430 travel and tourism jobs in Oconee County, with […]

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Speaker to address domestic violence

Domestic violence survivor and educator Kit Gruelle speaks next week at Clemson University as part of a series named for a university employee killed last year as the result of domestic violence at her Oconee County home. The series is named for the late Marge Putnam. Gruelle’s appearance is also part of the Women’s Leadership speaker series “Step Up to […]

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Walhalla fills council vacancy

Walhalla now has a five-member city council. Danny Woodward, an unopposed candidate to fill a council vacancy in the November election, accepted the oath of office last night. That oath was administered by Mayor Danny Edwards, at the start of the October meeting of the city council committees. Woodward fills the unexpired term created by the resignation of James Powell. […]

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Showcasing business and industry

Littlejohn Coliseum is being prepared for the annual Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Business and Industry Showcase. The two-day event starts at 9 in the morning when students and invited guests get the chance to sample career choices available in the Upstate. Beyond all else, the showcase serves as a way to help young people understand the decisions that they need to make now […]

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Thursday meeting to plan the new jail

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has set Thursday as the date for a meeting of parties to be involved in the new jail project—to the cemetery side of the law enforcement center. And it’s shaping up as an all-day session with lots of details to be provided the architects so that they can design what’s to be a 192-prisoner jail. The […]

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Anderson location to be prepared for development

Duke Energy Carolinas has chosen 48 acres near Anderson to prepare the property for potential industrial development. It’s a project of Duke’s 2013 Site Readiness Program to help communities served by the utility compete for new companies and jobs. Burriss Nelson, president/CEO of the Anderson Economic Development Corporation, says he is thrilled for his county. “It puts this area on […]

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Stop the penny tax movement emerges

A movement has been announced to stop plans for Oconee County to add a penny to the sales tax to pay for public improvement projects. An anti-sales tax referendum meeting has been announced at 6:30 Thursday night, October 10 at 2036 Sandifer Boulevard. The meeting location, for those driving 123 from Seneca, is located on the right past the Schneider […]

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Military to be paid during government shutdown

Senator Lindsey Graham says he has made it a priority to ensure that military officers in uniform be paid during the government shutdown. According to the South Carolina Republican’s office, the bill to do just that was signed into law late last night by President Obama. According to the senator’s office, Graham last week warned that anyone who stood in […]

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Benchmark test results

South Carolina released End-of-Course test results for Algebra, Biology, English, and U-S History and the Constitution. The exam counts 20% of a student’s final course grade in the classes, and the exams are given to students at the end of the semester in which they are scheduled to complete the course. Oconee School district met or exceeded state pass rate […]

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