Governor signs domestic violence bill

A bill signed this week by Governor Haley means further trouble for those people who are deemed guilty of violence in the home place. With Pickens County Senator Larry Martin among those by her side, Haley signed the domestic violence bill S. 3. Among the changes are enhanced penalties, by tripling the penalty for the lowest offense from 30 days […]

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Two meetings will cover Thorsland’s evaluation

Oconee school trustees are likely to require two meetings before they complete their evaluation of first-year superintendent, Dr. Michael Thorsland. The meetings are planned at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning at the Walhalla Middle School and during Monday night’s regular June meeting of the trustee board. Both meetings, as they apply to Thorsland’s evaluation, are planned for closed sessions. Tomorrow’s meeting […]

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Fire ants on the move in South Carolina

A barefoot frolic through your yard on a warm spring day can change from joyful to agonizing with one wrong step into a nest of fire ants. They bite your skin, hang on tight, and then jam the stingers into your flesh. It then swells to a bump that can last for days—sometimes becoming infected and requiring further treatment. South […]

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Tour the new school Monday!

Oconeeans can get a look next week at their new $54 million dollar high school.  The school district will cut the ribbon at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon for the new Walhalla High in Picket Post, and the public is invited for that ceremony, as well as for tours of the new school afterward.  The tours will last until 6:30 at […]

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Chemical maker in line for Oconee

Oconee County appears in line to land a chemical manufacturing plant. County Administrator Scott Moulder said this week the benefits would be a $1 million dollar investment and 30 jobs. At this week’s meeting, the County Council gave the first of two required readings to a special source credit as part of an incentive for the publicly unidentified company to […]

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Chamber announces “Pardon Our Progress” incentive

A water line break occurred today during work on Walhalla’s Streetscape. And today the chamber of commerce announced a Pardon Our Progress incentive card for the public to patronize businesses during the project. Vanessa Penton of the chamber says people who carry the free POP card—-which is available at the Walhalla Chamber, the City Hall, West Union Town Hall, and […]

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Roger Martin Shirley

Roger Martin Shirley, 93, of Rodgers Road, Seneca died Thursday at the Cottingham Hospice House.  He was a dairy farmer.  The funeral will be 3 p-m Sunday at Earles Grove Baptist Church; the burial follows in the church cemetery.  The family receives friends prior to the service from 2-3 p-m at the church.  In place of flowers, memorials may be […]

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Walhalla altercation sends man to hospital

The Walhalla police say a man appeared to have been knocked unconscious and was found in a pool of blood on N. Pine Street. At mid-afternoon yesterday, the police approached Wagener Circle apartments and found a group of people surrounding a man down on the pavement. Capt. Paul Harris said the man, bleeding from his head, was the victim in […]

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Lawsuit arises from fall at state park

A lawsuit filed this week in the Oconee Common Pleas Court alleges that a visitor to Devil’s State Park broke her left leg when she fell while walking on a paved walkway. It’s a damage lawsuit, filed Tuesday on behalf of Charleston County resident Beatrice Whitten, alleging negligence and recklessness by the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. According […]

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Judge rules for the plaintiff

The Hon. Scott Sprouse, in his role this week as Oconee Common Pleas judge, ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a case alleging breach of contract. Sprouse’s ruling came in the case of Patricia Ford against John C. Pulliam. The judge directed Ford’s attorney to prepare for his signature an order spelling out details.  

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