“Significant fire in the building”

An explosive fire at Fair Play today damaged a restaurant and left one employee with apparent serious burns. Charlie King, the Oconee fire chief, says the first set of Fair Play fire fighters to arrive at I-85, Exit 4 found significant fire inside the Bootland Restaurant and an injured female employee in the parking lot. The worker, who was not […]

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Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy grateful to lawmakers

Three South Carolina state lawmakers, two of them from Oconee and Pickens, are receiving recognition from the omstate Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. During a legislative day at the statehouse, Representative B-R Skelton of Pickens County will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his promotion of the health and well-being of SC teenagers. The campaign also will recognize Senator […]

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Setting the trusses

Contractor’s crews are beginning to set the trusses today, as a preliminary step to replace the roof over the fire-damaged Walhalla Presbyterian Church. The church congregants are rebuilding from last year’s fire at the E. Main Street church. General contractor for the project is Mavin Construction of Greenville.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Two persons shot in Westminster

A day after two people were wounded by gunfire in Westminster, the police are trying to figure out exactly what happened. Chief Dean Awalt says his officers were called late yesterday afternoon to investigate a shooting at 331 Cornelia Avenue and there found two people wounded. According to Awalt, the two were in stable condition, but both are expected to […]

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Explosion at Fair Play

A stove apparently exploded this morning inside a Fair Play business, and at least one person is believed to have been hurt. The explosion was reported in the restaurant section of a Mobil gas station on Herring Road near I-85. Ambulances and fire trucks are at the scene, although our latest report indicates there is no fire. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Duke official in Walhalla for meeting

Duke Energy and Walhalla representatives are to hold talks this morning on burying electric power lines, as part of the city’s planned Streetscape project. Mayor Danny Edwards says it’s to be a meeting involving Duke officials, Walhalla utilities superintendent Scott Parris, and a representative of the city’s landscape engineer company.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Special school board meeting

Dr. Michael Thorsland has been named interim superintendent of education for the Oconee public school district, in the aftermath of the retirement announcement of Dr. Michael Lucas. The Lucas retirement is timed for this Friday. In the meantime, however, there is the matter of a “letter of agreement” for the interim superintendent. And that letter of agreement is an agenda […]

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New signs posted at Stumphouse Tunnel Park

New signs have been posted at Stumphouse Tunnel near Walhalla, and they are designed to make visits to the historic attraction easier and safer. The signs are the work of the Blue Ridge Historic Trail Committee and the South Carolina DNR. The way-finding signs point the visitors along the approaches to the Middle and Saddle tunnels. There are nearly 40 […]

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Phone caller is an imposter

A phone caller falsely posing as a health department worker has drawn the attention of state government. The caller is said to be seeking private information and contacts South Carolinians about recent surgeries, saying they may be eligible for a re-imbursement. But the state Department of Health and Environmental Control says the caller is an imposter. DHEC is not associated […]

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