Bring your comments and questions

A good municipal comprehensive plan is chock full of a community’s hopes and aspirations. And the Walhalla Planning Commission invites the public to the Depot next month for a drop-in. Commissioners, along with representatives of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, will be there to take comments and answer questions. The drop-in will run from 3:30 to 7:30 p-m […]

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Home fire near Seneca

Home fire early this morning in a Lake Keowee home development near Seneca. Fire fighters were sent to the home of Charles and Annette Skelton on Delphi Drive around 1:30 this morning and, by 6 o’clock, remained on the scene. No injuries reported. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Two-week trial to stretch to three

Oconee Common Pleas Judge Cordell Maddox complained yesterday that a medical malpractice trial, now in its second week, is moving at “a snail’s pace” and he told the jury the trial won’t finish this week. Maddox announced that the South Carolina Court Administration has approved a third week to begin Monday, September 29th. Which means that once tomorrow’s session ends […]

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Joanie Bruce success story

Recently, Joanie Bruce “rang the bell” at the Oconee-Pickens Vocational Rehabilitation office to signify her success in achieving employment. Bruce was hired as a cook at Chili’s Too on the Clemson campus. The team at Vocational Re-hab helped Bruce gain a full understanding of the occupational options and helped her map a path to reach her goal. She took classes […]

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New authority for code enforcement

Walhalla’s three-year code enforcement officer has been vested with new authority to act on behalf of the interests of public health and welfare. The city council Tuesday signed off for the final time on an ordinance that allows James Ashton, the code enforcement officer, to conduct annual inspections of structures from the outside. To have a look inside, Ashton says, […]

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Barn fire off E. Bearswamp Road

Fire fighters from several Oconee stations have responded to a barn fire this morning on the E. Bear Swamp Road—near Poplar Springs Road.  No one reported injured.  County Fire Chief Charlie King says fire fighters around 9:30 this morning found a barn engulfed in flames.  Because of the number of fire apparatus in the roadway, sheriff’s officers are controlling access […]

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Pay attention to the stopped school bus law

The public school year is already several weeks old, yet there remains questions about the law that applies when school buses stop to pick up children. According to South Carolina law, motorists on two lane roads in both directions must stop when a bus flashes amber/red lights. But motorists approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction on roads with […]

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Lucas portrait to hang in place of honor

 A portrait of Oconee’s immediate past superintendent of education will hang in the school district’s board conference room, alongside others who’ve served in the position. Now retired, Dr. Mike Lucas returned to this week’s meeting of the county trustees, where the portrait was presented by Sherry Moore, president of the Oconee Education Association. OCEA recently re-vitalized itself and now, as […]

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County files lawsuit alleging unpaid taxes

Oconee County yesterday filed suit alleging that principals of the Journal newspaper owe $315,675 in property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane kept at the Oconee Regional Airport. The suit, for which a jury trial is requested in the Common Pleas Court, names as defendants Jerry Edwards, Steve Edwards, a partnership, and a company that operates a hangar at […]

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