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New authority for code enforcement

September 17, 2014

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…

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Barn fire off E. Bearswamp Road

September 17, 2014

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,…

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Pay attention to the stopped school bus law

September 17, 2014

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…

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Walhalla adds a local purchasing preference

September 17, 2014

Walhalla now has a local preference when it comes to certain purchases made by the city. The city council last night gave final reading to a change in purchasing rules that allows the city to buy locally when the local bid falls within two percent of the lowest bid submitted.

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Lucas portrait to hang in place of honor

September 17, 2014
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…

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County files lawsuit alleging unpaid taxes

September 17, 2014

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…

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“Courthouse Inn” project faces new deadline

September 17, 2014

The businessmen who want to turn the former Oconee Courthouse into a boutique-type hotel are facing a new deadline. Oconee County Council last night directed John Powell and Jim Carswell to produce an official document by council’s October 21 meeting that assures there is a lender willing to provide funds to repay a loan for…

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Craft beer tasting on the Green

September 17, 2014

A vote cast last night at Walhalla City Hall divided the mayor and the council practically down the middle. By a margin of one vote, the council agreed to allow the chamber of commerce to stage a craft beer tasting event on the downtown green for part of Oktoberfest weekend. The vote was three in…

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Oconee tax rate to remain unchanged

September 17, 2014

Oconee County Council decided it’s better to shun a small tax decrease this year to help avoid or deflect a tax increase next year. And with that the council last night decided to keep the county tax mill rate at 215—even though it was told that a revised Duke Energy assessment will mean an additional…

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Former nursing home administrator on stand

September 16, 2014

As a witness for the plaintiff, a former administrator of Seneca Health and Rehabilitation took the stand this afternoon in the Common Pleas courtroom. At the start of her testimony, Pamela Smith of Seneca was answering questions about her time as administrator and about the chain of command within the national nursing home company called…

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Calendar

  • November 22, 2014Benefit for Mark & Jody Vissage
  • November 22, 2014 7:00 pmThe Miss Walhira Pageant
  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
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