Aftermath of a fire near Walhalla

Twenty-four hours later, investigators continue to size up why fire started in a vacated house near Walhalla. Fire brought heavy damage yesterday morning at 1757 Pickens Highway.  This morning Chief Doug Kelley of the Walhalla Department said there are no answers to why the fire started, but the incident has been referred to the investigative division of the Oconee Sheriff’s […]

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Attorney sentenced to prison

A 44-year old lawyer in Anderson has been sentenced to five months in federal prison—the result of his plea of guilt to obstruction charges. The sentencing of Charles Anderson, a former Anderson city councilman, was announced by Anne Tompkins, U-S Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. According to information in court documents and the sentencing hearing, Anderson represented […]

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Two hurt in early morning South Carolina 59 wreck

A car flipped during the night on South Carolina 59 and wound up wedged against a tree. Responders say this morning’s accident around 1:30 injured two people. One of the injured was taken to the Oconee Medical Center. A helicopter flight was arranged for the second injured. It’s the second serious accident on 59 near Seneca since Friday. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Steve Garrett getting to know Walhalla

Who was that man with the smile on his face and courteous manners as he made his way from a meal yesterday in a Walhalla restaurant? The answer: It was Steve Garrett, the new school man at Walhalla High School. Garrett, moving from Abbeville High School, is taking over as the new principal at Walhalla High School, and 96.3/WGOG NEWS […]

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Compelling a property owner’s appearance

The next step in how Seneca deals with a vacated house within the city’s design review district apparently will be a subpoena that compels the property owner’s appearance before the Board of Architectural Review. At its meeting last night, the board agreed to seek the subpoena to require the appearance of Brenda Knox, owner at 305 S. Oak Street. The […]

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Trustees to gather for special meeting

At noon Thursday, Oconee school trustees will gather for a special meeting in Walhalla…for a dual purpose. They are to discuss and act on a tax anticipation note in the amount of $5.8 million. That’s reserved for a session open to the public and press. Afterward, the trustees intend to meet privately to consider employment changes and recommendations. Specifics are […]

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Vote today!

Voting takes place today in Oconee County and across South Carolina. Democrat and Republican voters are to decide run-off primaries for State Superintendent of Education and, in the case of the Republicans, Lieutenant Governor. That means voting takes place from 7 to 7 at the regular polling places countywide. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Keowee Key landline and internet outage

A landline telephone and internet outage blankets the Keowee Key area of Oconee County, and the estimated time for restoration could be as late as Thursday morning. Scott Krein, director of Oconee County Emergency Management, says everyone should be mindful that landline phone and internet thru A-T-and-T may be out affecting Medic alert systems, fire alarms and other systems in […]

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Fire burned unoccupied house

The determination of why fire burned through an old farm house near Walhalla is part of an investigation today that includes an officer of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office.  A Walhalla fire fighter told 96.3/WGOG NEWS the fire that heavily damaged 1757 Pickens Highway started in the back of the unoccupied house.  The fire fighters responded shortly after 7 this morning […]

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Riley to return to A-COG board?

Former Seneca Councilman Ernest Riley is bidding for a new position on the policy-making board of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments. A vote to decide whether Riley gets a regional board position is scheduled Friday by the A-COG board. Previously, Riley served the board as a designee of the Oconee Municipal Association, but he was forced to give […]

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