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Western OC accident

November 21, 2012

State troopers are reporting a motor vehicle accident, shortly after 6 this morning, at 4167 Toccoa Highway between Westminster and the Georgia line.

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Toning down the display

November 21, 2012

Walhalla’s tradition of a super-bright outdoor Christmas light display up and down Main Street apparently will be less spectacular this year, according to city officials. At last night’s meeting, Councilwoman Jennifer Woodward Crawford, saying change is difficult, announced that there will be no lights in the Bradford pear trains on Main Street. She says the…

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Walhalla approves new Chief of Police

November 21, 2012

Without any dissent, Walhalla leaders are turning to the number two man in charge to lead their police department. On a motion by Councilman James Powell, the city council last night appointed Ronald Wilbanks as the successor to Tim Chastain. In a report of the latest police department activities, Powell complimented Wilbanks for the manner…

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Auditor requests a determined effort

November 21, 2012

Oconeeans who own vehicles and boats are meeting their obligation to pay their property taxes, but the county auditor says airplane owners are falling short. Auditor Ken Nix asked the County Council last night for a determined effort to collect more than $267 thousand in back taxes that Nix says is owed on nine of…

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Christmas tree growers expect good season

November 20, 2012
Christmas tree growers expect good season

South Carolina tree sales were up 15% last year, and growers expect another strong year, according to Steve Penland, York County tree grower and executive secretary of the S.C. Christmas Tree Association. Another grower is George Kessler. He operates Hilltop Christmas Trees and, since 1971, has been growing trees in the Central area. Kessler believes…

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Governor and the latest on cyber attack

November 20, 2012

Governor Nikki Haley said South Carolina now knows the identities of its taxpayers whose private information was breached in the cyber attack and those breached will be notified by mail. In other highlights from the governor’s news conference this afternoon, she announced the resignation of James Etter, the Department of Revenue executive director, effective December…

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Jobless rate drops again

November 20, 2012

October’s jobless figures for South Carolina show, once again, the number of individuals unemployed but actively looking for new work has dropped. For Oconee County, it’s the second straight month of lower numbers on the unemployment rolls. October’s rate is 8.4%. September’s was 8.6%. In October one year ago, the unemployment rate stood at 9.5%.…

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Lawmakers face school leaders

November 20, 2012

The diversion of money away from public education and a new method of teacher accountability were the hot-button topics for the annual meeting today of Oconee school leaders and the county’s state legislative delegation. Lawmakers tried to assure the district administrators and three school board members attending the meeting that education remains the state’s top…

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Meet the “New Sheriff in Town”

November 20, 2012

Residents of southern Oconee are invited to mark their calendars for a public event next month with the county’s Sheriff-elect. Mike Crenshaw, who takes office January 1, will be featured at a “meet-and-greet” sponsored by the Voice of Southern Oconee at 7 o’clock Monday night, December 10 at the South Union Baptist Church. According to…

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Duncan opposes Rice as nominee

November 20, 2012
Duncan opposes Rice as nominee

Congressman Jeff Duncan is one of 97 members of Congress who have signed a letter urging President Obama to reject Susan Rice as a nominee for Secretary of State. In a statement, Duncan, the Third District S.C. Republican, alleges Rice, as the U-S Ambassador to Libya, “either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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