Major fish kill near Walhalla

Officials of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that 40 thousand fish died recently, apparently due to low oxygen levels, at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery off highway 107.  Dan Rankin, DNR Upstate fisheries biologist, says the fish kill occurred the weekend of July 9-10 and, as he put it, “It was bad.”  However, he says, the kill has […]

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Zoning variance requested tonight

A variance is requested tonight to the Oconee County zoning law.  At 6 o’clock, the county Board of Zoning Appeals will convene to hear a request to vary from the setback rules for an expansion of J-Davis Construction Company on highway 11.  Board meetings are held in the Oconee County Council Chambers at Walhalla.

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Billy Smith

Westminster – Billy Maynard Smith, 79, widower of the late Eva Holbrooks Smith, passed away, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Magnolia Place of Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from the Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 1 – 2 pm, Wednesday, […]

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Steve Hall

Fair Play – Steve Marvin Hall, 68, husband of Brenda Robinson Hall, of 418 W. Pine Grove Road, passed away on July 21, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The family will receive friends 6 -8 pm, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the residence. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory may […]

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Hotel developers clear hurdle

The two men who hope to take Oconee’s old courthouse and give it a new purpose are on their way to qualify for tax credits to help them convert the 1956 building into a hotel.  That hotel is being envisioned by Mayor Danny Edwards as a further amenity as part of Walhalla’s effort to revitalize the downtown area.  And the […]

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AT THIS HOUR, honors for the late Billy Dilworth

A ceremony today in northeast Georgia today has officially named a stretch of Georgia 59 in honor of the late Billy Dilworth, who rode the rural roads for years to gather news as part of his career as a radio, TV, and newspaperman.  It’s a ceremony carried live by 101.7/WGOG.  Many of Dilworth’s long time friends are there including Country […]

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60,000 gallons lost on a hot day

Walhalla estimates it lost 60 thousand gallons of water early yesterday afternoon when a contractor struck a 10-inch line at Walhalla Veterinary Clinic.  However, Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent, said only a few customers lost water.  One veterinary clinic customer looked out the window and saw so much water in the parking lot he wondered whether he was going to […]

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Wrongful death claim settled by judge’s order

  A claim alleging wrongful death near Seneca nearly two years ago was settled today in an Oconee courtroom.  Common Pleas Judge Scott Sprouse approved an order submitted by attorneys that puts an end to the damage lawsuit filed by Kimberly Silvers against Drew Woodall Greene.  The agreement disburses $25 thousand dollars from the state’s uninsured motorist fund for two […]

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Jump in Oconee joblessness

A report today shows that two thousand members of the Oconee workforce are out of work but are looking to become gainfully employed again.  According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, the figure of 2,080 workers represents a 5.8% unemployment rate in June.  It was 5% in May.  In spite of eight-tenths of a percentage increase, there were nearly […]

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There will be new asphalt “in weeks to come”

A road paving company has announced work will start Tuesday in Anderson County on U-S 76/the Clemson Highway–between May Street and La France Road.  According to Ashmore Brothers, a division of Rogers Group, men and equipment will be working in a lane closure milling the road to prepare for asphalt paving in the weeks to come.   Drivers are asked to […]

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