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It’s about re-branding Ken Sloan says

April 21, 2015

Ken Sloan, president/CEO of Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau in Oconee County, is on board with Walhalla’s efforts to re-vitalize the downtown with its Streetscape project. And Sloan points to an important part of the project—-a 5 o’clock ceremony downtown this afternoon. Sloan is pushing the interests of Oconee recreation and tourism supporters for…

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Trial testimony underway

April 21, 2015

An Oconee jury started hearing testimony this morning in a General Sessions Court trial in which the defendant, Wilbur Rickmon, is charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree. Rickmon’s accuser, a young female neighbor, was the first prosecution witness. In an opening statement to the jury, Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons said the victim…

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Oconee’s jobless rate falls below 6%

April 21, 2015

Oconee County unemployment last month dropped to 5.8%—from February’s rate of 6.4%. According to the state’s counters, there was an addition of 365 people to the county’s employed labor force. The work picture statewide showed a slight increase in the jobless rate—from 6.6% percent to 6/7%. But the Department of Employment and Workforce reports the…

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Hail pelts Oconee

April 21, 2015

Walhalla has recorded temperature extremes during the last 24 hours. The thermometer topped out at 74 for the high temperature, a cool 42 for the low, and an additional three-fourths of an inch of rain on the already-saturated grounds. Official Weather Observer Barbara Wilson watched yesterday as pea-sized hail pelted the County Seat between 1…

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Chamber wants city to pay the bands

April 21, 2015

At tonight’s meeting of Walhalla City Council, Councilman Tjay Bagwell has signaled that he will make a motion for the city to pay the costs for the bands in this year’s Mayfest, sponsored by the chamber of commerce. The bill for the music is calculated at $2,650. The minutes from council’s April work session, however,…

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Pleasant day forecast

April 21, 2015

Oconeeans and the rest of the region experienced a day yesterday of storms, hail, fallen trees and, in Westminster’s case, electric power outages. But better times are promised today. Weather forecasters are predicting sunny skies and temperatures around 70. At one point yesterday afternoon, Walhalla’s S. College and Broad Street intersection was nearly covered in…

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Fire destroys Mountain Rest home

April 21, 2015

Fire late yesterday afternoon broke out in a trailer home in Mountain Rest. Volunteer fire fighters were on the scene at Whippoorwhill Hill Drive more than four hours, until about 9 last night. No known injuries.

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Shoplifters hit Seneca’s Wal-Mart

April 20, 2015

A man and a woman were seen loading a shopping cart with items worth nearly $1 thousand worth of store items at the Seneca Wal-Mart and leaving the store without paying. The shoplifting occurred Friday morning. Among the items stolen: razorblade refills, a tackle box and tools. The two left in a white, 4-door Honda.…

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A way to deflect a wholesale power increase

April 20, 2015

Westminster may have found a way around that 4% wholesale power rate increase from its supplier—the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency. The rate increase is scheduled to reflect on charges to the city on the billing next month. Westminster normally passes on all or part of PMPA wholesale increase to its retail customers, but perhaps not…

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Emergency near Salem

April 20, 2015

What’s being described as an “all hands on” emergency is occupying the attention this afternoon of Oconee Special Rescue near Salem. We’re told that someone may have suffered a fractured leg in a downed tree incident at Jocassee Point Landing. Wet as this day has been, this has been a day for fallen trees in…

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Calendar

  • July 3, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • July 5, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
  • July 6, 2015 9:00 amWest-Oak Young Warriors Basketball Skills Camp
  • July 10, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
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