Gates tested over two days at two dams

What are called limited engineering and operational tests were conducted Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hartwell and Thurmond dams.  Beth Williams, project engineer for the tests for the Army Corps of Engineers, says the tests are routine and required to ensure the gates are in proper working order, but also provide a chance to train and familiarize staff with operating […]

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Katherine Morgan Rogers

Katherine Morgan Rogers, 63, of 465 Ebenezer Road, West Union died Tuesday at her home.  She was the widow of Doug Rogers.  The funeral will be 11 a-m Friday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 6-8 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers are accepted.  Memorials may be […]

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Bertha Dickard Lee

Bertha Dickard Lee, 81, died Tuesday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  She was the widow of Boyd Harden Lee.  Graveside services will be 11 a-m Thursday at at Oconee Memorial Park. For those who wish, viewing times will be 9-10:30 a-m, prior to the service at Davenport Funeral Home.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to Poplar Springs Baptist […]

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Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders, 57, of 145 Seneca River Road, Seneca died Tuesday.  He was the husband of Suzanne K. Sanders.  A memorial service will be 4 p-m Friday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 2-4 p-m, prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.  A reception follows at the Seneca Masonic Lodge, 205 N. Townville […]

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Walhalla gets “comprehensive” with a plan


  With the help of a government service agency, Walhalla has updated its comprehensive plan—a guide to the city’s future.  The city Planning Commission yesterday made an effort to acquaint the public with what’s in the plan and invites city residents to drop by City Hall for a copy.  The plan can be viewed on line on the city’s website […]

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Federal money proposed for Oconee highway work

Highway money allocated to South Carolina for the 2016 Federal Aid Improvement Program would pay for two resurfacing projects in Oconee County.  They are nearly six miles of South Carolina 24 from SC 59/Tokeena Road to Townville and nearly two and three-quarter miles of secondary-488/the Wells Highway, from the Clemson Boulevard beyond the Shiloh Road intersection.  Projects statewide are being […]

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Southern Wesleyan proud of award-winning teacher


For Joey Bryson, education is more than a career—it’s a way of life.  Bryson, a 2003 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, embraces the challenges of teaching special education at the West-Oak Middle School in Oconee County.  She remembers the difference teachers made in the life of a cousin who had Muscular Dystrophy.  She considers education a calling as far back […]

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Car catches fire a second time

South Carolina 183/the Walhalla-Pickens Highway, was closed temporarily this morning as fire fighters put out a car fire within 100 feet of the Pickens County line.  Keowee Fire Department discovered a small car, already damaged by a previous fire, on fire again.  The car was being hauled on a rollback vehicle when it caught fire for a second time.  Richie […]

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