House overrides library bill veto

The House of Representatives this week overrode Governor Haley’s veto of a bill that applies criminal penalties to people who enter public libraries after having been warned not to enter. Phil Cheney, director of Oconee public libraries, says it’s a bill to root out those who misbehave and spoil the library experience for others. And Cheney says he and his […]

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Rosemary Bailes touts events manager

Seneca has one. Maybe now it’s time for Oconee County. Rosemary Bailes, in her capacity as the chairwoman of the Oconee A-Tax Commission, said yesterday, “The handwriting is on the wall that tourism will be a big part of Oconee County’s economic survival.” The commissioners yesterday recommended the distribution of nearly $30 thousand worth of state and local accommodations tax […]

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Governor candidate to campaign in Walhalla

Republican Independent Tom Ervin brings his campaign for South Carolina Governor to Oconee County next week. Ervin plans to speak to the public about his intentions at the Palmetto Sweets restaurant from 7:30 to 9 Tuesday morning in Walhalla. His campaign spokeswoman says the Walhalla visit is one of 23 town hall meetings the candidate plans across the state between […]

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Environmental steward David Cohen

A 27-year old Georgia native is spending his work summer alone in the wilds of the national forest in Oconee. That’s where David Cohen is camping and serving as a steward in the vicinity of the Chattooga River and one of Oconee County and South Carolina’s landmarks—Ellicott’s Rock. Cohen is there as part of a partnership between the U-S Forest […]

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Georgia wreck victim now jailed in Oconee

A Georgia man injured in a motorcycle accident in his home state and flown to a Tennessee hospital is now in the Oconee County jail, where he faces charges dating back nine years. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identifies the arrested man as Gregory Wendell Rutledge, a 53-year old resident of Chatsworth, Georgia. Oconee deputies went to Chattanooga to collect Rutledge. […]

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Walhalla meeting termed “productive”

The chairwoman of a special Walhalla committee calls last night’s meeting productive and says her committee will present a recommendation next week to the city council. At the request of Mayor Edwards, Councilwoman Jennifer Crawford convened a meeting of interested parties to resolve questions and concerns over Oktoberfest changes proposed by the chamber of commerce. Those changes call for the […]

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Events coordinator thinks big

At Seneca, the city’s events coordinator is thinking big. Riley Johnson told a committee meeting this morning at City Hall that he’s laying the groundwork to potentially qualify Seneca’s one-half marathon as an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. There are a lot of hoops to clear before attaining such a designation, but Johnson has been getting advice from a […]

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Police seizeure and arrests

The police in Westminster say a traffic stop Monday evening on highway 24 near E. Main Street resulted in arrests and the seizure of cash and drug-like items. According to Chief Dean Awalt, three North Carolina residents were arrested. The police say they stopped a van for failing to use a required turn signal and seized a container of a […]

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