Walhalla women running for council

By late this morning, two men and two women made up the field of candidates for Walhalla City Council. The latest filers were incumbent Jennifer Crawford, and challenger Frances Devoe. There’s word that least one more person intends to enter the fray by tomorrow’s noon deadline. Crawford’s intent to seek re-election means that, in the November 5 election, she and […]

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Seat belt use rises in SC

North Carolina, once a leader in seat belt use, saw vehicle restraint usage drop statewide last year while South Carolina drivers and passengers buckled up more often. And, during a visit yesterday to Walhalla, Leroy Smith, director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, proudly said South Carolina’s rate rose from 86% in 2011 to 90.5% in 2012. Smith […]

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Remembering Charles Ellis “Tubby” Raines

A Seneca man in a wheelchair shot and killed more than 10 years ago is a cold case that Oconee Sheriff’s Office is circulating in hopes someone may know something that leads to his killer or killers. Investigators believe Charles Ellis “Tubby” Raines was more than likely killed August 28, 2002 before he was found the next day in his […]

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Lucas medical leave starts today

The medical leave of Oconee’s superintendent of education, Dr. Mike Lucas, starts today. He’s looking forward to receiving a new and improved aortic valve. In his place will sit Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations. Up to two months away from the job face Lucas. But on his morning blog today, he writes, “I plan to break all the […]

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Colbert-Busch to speak at CU

Former congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch kicks off Clemson University’s Women’s Leadership speaker series next week with a talk at the Strom Thurmond Institute. She’ll talk with students about her decision to run for office, the challenges of the campaign and her vision for creating change in Washington. The event, at 5 o’clock Wednesday, September 11, is free and open to […]

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Walhalla hotel project moving, albeit slowly

John Powell champions Walhalla’s efforts to bring a new look to the downtown. But these days the real estate developer is immersed in his own project to develop a hotel a block west of the area targeted for Streetscape. Powell yesterday said the project being pursued by him and his partner, Jim Carswell, is moving, though not as quickly as […]

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Duncan opposes Syria strikes

NBC News reports this morning President Obama faces strong opposition in the House of Representatives to military strikes in Syria. And among those at the forefront of the opposition is South Carolina’s Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan. “Not a one member of my district in South Carolina or those who’ve contacted my office by email say go to Syria and […]

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Walhalla picks Streetscape contractors

Walhalla last night gave two contractors the go ahead to undertake the city’s Streetscape project. After an executive session, Mayor Pro-tem Tjay Bagwell announced the job goes to Seamon Whiteside, an engineering/design company in Greenville, and to Town and Country, a Greenwood contractor. The two companies are to work in tandem on the remake of a core section of downtown […]

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