In May, Oconee jobless rate an even 5%


In the month of May, the Oconee County unemployment rate settled at an even five percent.  And figures from the state show the Oconee jobless rate moving in the right direction.  It was 5.2% in April and 5.9% in May 2015.  According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, statewide unemployment for May 2016 dropped slightly, to 5.6%.  Nationally, the […]

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Flood protection improvements at Oconee Nuclear


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found changes made by Duke Energy at the Oconee nuclear plant would adequately protect the plant from a potential failure of the Jocassee Dam. In 2008, the NRC staff issued a letter to Duke requesting information related to external flooding, including the potential failure of the Jocasee Dam, about 12 miles upstream from the plant. […]

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Power is one thing, internet service something entirely different.  We’re told it’s likely that some people in the Walhalla-West Union vicinity will remain without internet access for a while longer  A Walhalla fire fighter says a small fire resulted when a car hit a power pole on E. Main Street during the midnight hour.  To make repairs, Duke Energy later […]

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Heritage Center closed for repairs

The Oconee Heritage Center at Walhalla’s Brown Square is closed for renovations until Friday, July 8.  Leslie White, curator, apologizes for any inconvenience to visitors and to those interested in renting the building.  But she is confident that once improvements are made, the Heritage Center with its collection of memorabilia from the county’s past will return better than before.  The […]

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Sex with a child alleged

Isai Vazquez

A young Walhalla man awaited a bond hearing yesterday after being charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  The Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as a 10-year old girl.  A warrant obtained by Sgt. Tim Rice, child and elder abuse investigator, alleges Isai Vazquez of Walhalla’s Verner Street inappropriately touched the girl in the Westminster area.  Though the offense […]

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Within moments, two Miracle Circle accidents

The police in Seneca say there were two accidents at Miracle Circle around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon—each accident within moments of the other.  At the scene, the police handcuffed one car driver and led him to jail.  Lt. Tim Hunnicutt said four traffic citations were placed against the driver of Chevy Blazer.  According to Hunnicutt, the Chevy Blazer was involved […]

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Car accident leads to power outage

A midnight hour car accident on the Walhalla east side has lead to a power outage that covers parts of Walhalla and West Union.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, a car hit a pole in front of the Highland Glen Apartments on E. Main Street.  The accident resulted in the closing of Main Street in that vicinity and power […]

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Need for runoff to be official tomorrow

All signs this afternoon continued to point to the need for a run-off primary election in two weeks to decide the winner of 10th Circuit Solicitor in Oconee and Anderson counties.  Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the state elections office, spoke confidently this afternoon that the run-off in fact will take place, but setting it requires an official action of the […]

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To the shop for repairs

A car maneuvering into a Main Street parking space in Walhalla apparently jumped the curb this morning and took down a street light and flag pole.  The falling pole is said to have narrowly missed a nearby parked car.  We’re told city workers took the damaged pole to the shop in hopes it can be repaired.

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Covington criminal case dismissed

A criminal case against a former Walhalla policeman was dismissed this morning in the court of the Westminster Magistrate.  Judge Will Derrick dismissed the charge of assault and battery third degree against former officer Zach Covington after, according to an officer of the court, the alleged victim in the case failed to show up for the jury trial.  The alleged […]

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