High praise for below-average performance

The following is a submission for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office:  “For all the hubbub this year’s strong El Niño has generated among forecasters, January’s precipitation, which delivered about 80% of the average at each sub-basin, felt more underwhelming than the numbers suggest. It’s like when LeBron James only scores 20 points. Hartwell […]

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Bryan Long wins Officer of the Year

A 12-year deputy with the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Long, walked away from a dinner in Seneca Monday night with the Officer of the Year Award, presented by the Seneca American Legion.  Since 1977, the Seneca legionnaires saluted law enforcement agencies with an annual dinner.  Guest speaker for Monday’s event was John Magill, director of the South Carolina Department of […]

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E. Russell Duryea

E. Russell Duryea, 80, of 14 Channel Lane, Salem died Tuesday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Linda Anglin Duryea.  Please join us for a Celebration of Life for family and friends at the Club at Keowee Key from 1:30-3 pm Friday.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Junior Golf, 36 Anchorage […]

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Help wanted at West Union Town Hall

West Union Mayor Linda Oliver confirmed this morning some departures by employees from the town government.   Oliver says the town’s two-year police chief, John Bowen, is retiring this month.  Bowen, who has had previous municipal police experience, came to West Union in pursuit of a goal to serve as a municipal police chief.  Oliver also confirmed the resignation of  part-time […]

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Duncan for Cruz

The campaign of Ted Cruz for President is announcing an endorsement from South Carolina’s 3rd District congressman, Jeff Duncan.  While Duncan, the Republican from Laurens, is lining up behind Cruz, two other members of South Carolina’s delegation to Washington are supporting other Republican candidates.  Senator Lindsey Graham endorses Jeb Bush and Senator Tim Scott endorses Marco Rubio.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Work day lost to rain

Rain appears to have sidelined all work today on Streetscape in Walhalla.  Yesterday workers, for the most part, finished a new sidewalk on the south side of Main—between Spring and Catherine.  The next step:  the start of sidewalk between Ann and Spring streets.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Oconee’s financial condition draws plaudits

The financial condition and record-keeping of Oconee County drew accolades last night—mainly from an official whose firm is contracted to audit the county’s numbers.  Representing the firm Mauldin and Jenkins, David Irwin delivered a “clean, un-modified opinion” of the county’s financial records for 2014-15.  Irwin complimented the county’s finance office for helping his firm deliver an audit three weeks early […]

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Charles Glenn Fortson

Charles Glenn Fortson, 64, of 255 E. Riverbend Lane, Walhalla died Thursday, January 28 at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Catherine Kay Lee Fortson.  A memorial service will be 11 a-m Thursday, February 4 at Davenport Funeral Home.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, […]

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Oconee to order new bookmbile

Although more expensive than first estimated, a new bookmobile will hit the roads of Oconee County within the year.  County Council last night approved paying Bookmobile Farber Specialty Vehicles of Columbus, Ohio $215 thousand dollars for a bookmobile that replaces the county libraries’ 1997 model with 96 thousand miles.     VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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