Augmenting SC’s trooper force

The first to be called when an accident such as Saturday’s occurs in South Carolina is a state trooper. Budget cuts, however, have reduced the force statewide which means, at times, it’s hard to find troopers when you need them. State Senator Thomas Alexander wants to change that. Alexander met last week in Oconee County with officials of the State […]

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Saturday accident leaves one dead, one hurt

A one-car weekend accident in Oconee County killed the driver and injured his passenger. Coroner Karl Addis reported the death of Jason Patrick Smith, 47 years old, of Courtney Smith Drive. The accident occurred on the Wolfstake Church Road, near Courtney Smith Drive. According to the highway patrol, the car Smith drove hit a tree. His passenger, 29-year old Sarrah […]

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Fire destroys rural Oconee home

A late night fire near Westminster has destroyed a home, but its two occupants were unharmed. All belongings in the home were lost and the Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing temporary assistance. According to Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King, cause of the fire at 220 Chevis Mountain Road in the Cleveland Community is accidental. The fire […]

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Westminster looks its best for visitors

Westminster Mayor Rick McCormick gave a welcome from the city to the large crowd attending the Rotary Club’s annual Apple Festival luncheon. He said his city has done what it can to show its best appearance to this week’s visitors. The mayor also announced a new business opened today—the Music Hall. It will hold a concert tonight on its first […]

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Candidate fields are set

In Walhalla and Westminster, identical numbers of city residents are seeking city council seats in November. The candidate fields were set today with the close of filing. For three Westminster seats, there are six candidates. They are incumbents Reid Adams and Rusty Cater. Challengers are Bill Brockington, Yousef Mefleh, Susan Ramey, and Doug Williams. Walhalla also has six candidates for […]

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Minister applauds OCC’s transit move

A Walhalla minister who has advocated an expansion of bus passenger service to his city and area applauds the move this week by Oconee County Council to form a transit authority task force. And the Rev. Richard Reams of St. Luke United Methodist has received an application to be considered for the task force. Over the last year, Reams has […]

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Meeting at Hartwell Dam to be “historic”

A rare get together of the South Carolina and Georgia governors and their lieutenant governors is planned this month at the Hartwell Dam. There, the emphasis will be on water and how it’s managed in the large reservoir separating the two states. South Carolina State Representative Don Bowen of Anderson says it’s at this meeting, on the morning of Wednesday, […]

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