Dirt hauled to 9-11 memorial site

  Before an Oconee County 9-11 memorial is ready, dirt must fill a large hole on the property on n. highway 11 just to the north of the Walhalla High baseball field.  However, 9-11 memorial volunteer Brandon Shirley now declares the property a construction zone.  And he predicted at last night’s school board meeting that the memorial will be finished […]

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Trustees vote saves seven counselor positions

  An Oconee School Board vote saved the jobs of seven mental health counselors.  Dee-Dee Culbertson, who acted as a spokeswoman for the counselors, told reporters following last night’s vote:  “I’m very happy with the reaction we received.  We’re just here to serve the kinds, and we look forward to serving them the next year and for as long as […]

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Council Chair won’t say never….”

The two Oconee County councilmen who left office at the end of 2016 repeated their warning that if the county continues to spend at current pace, the county will have to raise taxes.  The council’s new chair, Edda Cammick, won’t rule out an eventual property tax increase, but not before the county “gets its house in order first” and show […]

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Cammick: Moulder willing to adapt to political realities

Edda Cammick describes Scott Moulder as a progressive.  At the same time, however, the chairwoman of the Oconee County Council says the county administrator has told her he’s willing to come thru with a new budget that better reflects the new council’s conservative approach to spending.  Cammick wants the administrator to work “more lean.”  More lean could translate to the […]

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Four charges made after chase

Law enforcement reports show a 36-year old Seneca area man was charged by the Westminster police after a Sunday night chase that took place in and around the city limits.  Police Chief Dean Awalt said Christopher Terry Cox was charged with the following four offenses:  driving under suspension third or more offense; disregard stop sign; habitual traffic offender; and fail […]

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Was that a coyote or a mountain lion?

Forty years ago coyotes were illegally introduced into South Carolina.  Today their numbers are sufficient enough that they have been killing the state’s official animal—the white-tailed deer.  A DNR wildlife biologist will speak Thursday in Oconee County in a forum sponsored by FOLKS—Friend of Lake Keowee.  The public is invited at 6:30 to the World of Energy.  Refreshments will be […]

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Medical cannabis (marijuana) legislation

The Oconee-Pickens state senator occupied a seat last week during a subcommittee meeting of his chamber’s medical affairs committee.  There, they talked about S. 212—a bill for comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.  For his part, Walhalla’s Thomas Alexander opposes expanding the use of cannabis, also known as marijuana, for medical use provided a patient’s doctor recommends it.  But he concedes the […]

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DOT outlines three Oconee road projects

Work has already begun on one of three spring and summer road projects for which the DOT has selected contractors.  One of those projects will cover Old Salem Road, N. Little River Road, and Earlestead Drive.  Josh Makison, resident construction engineer, also says the Rogers Group/Ashmore Brothers has been contracted for several Seneca area jobs.  One of them on Shiloh […]

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