Seneca makes the switch!

  Long-awaited electric bus passenger service debuted today in Seneca, in time to give the Oconee County municipality a national distinction. The launch of three of the buses makes Seneca the first city in the country to switch from gas-diesel buses to electric buses, according to Ed Halbig. The distinction of the first electric bus rider fell to a sixth grader, […]

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Offsetting that Duke shortfall

Oconee Auditor Ken Nix points out that, in spite of an anticipated shortfall in the county’s budget as the result of reduced Duke Energy assessment, there are some offsets.  New growth that is making its way onto the tax books. Nix gave some examples last night to the County Council. They include the taxes assessed the Hampton Inn and Suites […]

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Oktoberfest compromise in the works!

If the Walhalla mayor and the full city council agree in two weeks, the chamber of commerce will have to accept a compromise over the changes that the chamber had proposed to make better Walhalla’s annual celebration of its Germanic roots. A special committee tasked by Mayor Danny Edwards made known its findings last night in the form of a […]

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One mill tax hike defeated

  It’s the duty of the Oconee County Council to approve tax millage and the duty of the county auditor to set that millage. And last night the council rejected the recommendation of Auditor Ken Nix to add one mill to the formula for calculating what taxpayers must pay for real estate, industry, and personal property. Councilmen expressed worry that […]

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Bradford pears on borrowed time?

Some sentiment appeared during last night’s meeting of the Walhalla city council committees in favor of chopping down the Bradford pear trees on Main Street—-in advance of the start of Streetscape. But the position taken by Mayor Danny Edwards and Councilman Danny Woodward prevailed to at least wait until the city sees the bids for the remake of the four-block […]

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Parade time Friday in Clemson

The Clemson Community will gather at 6 o’clock Friday evening for the annual First Friday Parade. It’s a 40-year tradition before the first home football game. This year’s floats will reflect the parade theme: “The Echo of the Tiger”—a reference to a line in the university alma mater, which reads, “That the tiger’s roar may echo o’ver the mountain height.” […]

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Ervin: “We’re going to win this race”

Anderson radio station owner Tom Ervin enters the November election without the blessing of either of South Carolina’s major political parties, but he’s confident he can win Governor with his Independent Republican campaign. Ervin brought that campaign this morning to a Walhalla restaurant where he spoke and answered questions to a crowd of about 25 people. Ervin espoused a campaign […]

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Jet skis collide on Lake Keowee

The crash of two jet skis on Lake Keowee left two people in critical condition, according to an Oconee County emergency responder. Shane Gibbs of Oconee Emergency Services said the accident occurred yesterday on Lake Keowee in the vicinity of Cane Creek Landing and required a medical air flight for the injured to a Greenville hospital. The conditions of the […]

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Federal aid proposed for Oconee projects

Federal aid is being proposed to pay for a pair of Oconee County road and bridge projects. According to the South Carolina DOT, a bridge is to be re-built on the Coffee Road and nearly six miles of Route 130, Whitewater Falls Road, are being slated for re-construction and re-habilitation. The projects are contained in lists of pavement improvement and […]

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Governor’s candidates to appear

Two candidates for South Carolina Governor make local and area appearances this week. From 7:30 to 9 this morning, Republican Independent Tom Ervin makes a stop at the Palmetto Bakery and Café in Walhalla. Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen will be in Anderson at 3:30 Saturday afternoon for a fish fry at the Bethel AME Church on South Fant Street. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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