Dates set for two Oconee road projects

Dates were set today for the start of two road improvement projects in Oconee County. Ashmore Brothers, division of the Rogers Group, will make improvements to secondary 488, the Wells Highway, from Stephens Road to U-S 76/123; and SC 24, the West-Oak Highway, from highway 59/the Tokeena road to the Anderson County.  The work is to begin Tuesday, March 1 and […]

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Walhalla teams win robotics tourney

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The VEX Robotics team of Walhalla High and Middle School took part and won the championship in this month’s “Nothing But Net” tournament at Pendleton High School. Students built and programmed a robot using the VEX platform based on the criteria of an engineering challenge. The competition is considered an important initiative in “STEM”–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Lane closure ahead for downtown Clemson

If the weather permits, utility construction in Clemson will move Thursday to Keith Street near College Avenue. Keith Street is to be reduced to one lane. The lane heading to Grouchos will remain open and become one way from Fendley Street to College Avenue. All Fendley, McCollum and Keith Street traffic will originate from Earle Street on College Avenue.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Good financial news for Oconee Memorial

Small, rural hospitals in states that said no to Medicaid expansion, have been disappearing from the map.  But Oconee Memorial, since its absorption by the Greenville Health System, is an exception.  Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus of GHS, said his hospital has been regaining market shares and, “We are the top performing campus of GHS.”  There’s also […]

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Sam Crane

Sam Jeffrey Crane, 52, of 403 Dodge City Drive, Walhalla died Sunday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  Survivors include his companion of the home, Sherry Elgin.  A memorial service will be 1 pm Wednesday at Westminster Church of God.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Melvin Certain Sr.

Melvin Willard Certain, Sr., widower of the late Ida Geneva Simmons Certain, 708 East North First Street, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm, prior to the service at the church. Burial […]

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Developers savor hospital property

For nearly 50 years, the expressed philosophy of Oconee Memorial Hospital has been to reserve unused property on the hospital grounds for medical-related purposes only.   But that hasn’t stopped commercial developers from savoring what could be.  Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus of the Greenville Hospital System, said last night that rarely a week passes without someone inquiring […]

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Covington case restored to “pre-trial” status

The Solicitor’s Office succeeded this afternoon in restoring the State’s case against a former Walhalla policeman to the position of “pre-trial, jury strike.”  The ruling judge said the status of the case against Zach Covington returns to where it was before a hearing last Tuesday, when the charge of assault and battery third degree was dismissed.  Today, however, Magistrate Will […]

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Michelin: “Still in negotiations”

The next few days likely will tell whether the wait for Michelin will have been worth it.  Richard Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance, this morning confirmed that Michelin’s option to buy property at the county’s Golden Corner Commerce Park expires at the end of the month.  “Still in discussions” is the word we got this morning from […]

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McCall wants a third term

The Walhalla area member of the Oconee County Council will ask the voters this year to re-elect him.  Wayne McCall today is announcing his candidacy for a third term in office.  He remains a Republican.  District Two’s McCall identifies hot issues ahead as the need for Oconeeans to recycle more and the need for stricter rules covering water safety, in […]

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