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Dillard House executive died Sunday

August 20, 2014

The death this week of the president/CEO of the Dillard House in Rabun County, John Dillard, has shaken that northeast Georgia county. A private memorial service is planned for the 69-year old Dillard. The family has released this statement: “John’s wife (Louise D. Dillard) and his two children, Natalie Dillard Cross and John Earl Dillard,…

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Prize awarded to young library patron

August 20, 2014
Prize awarded to young library patron

 Summer time reading has paid off for one Oconee County teenager. Julia Jessop received a pair of Beats by Dre headphones for completing the Oconee Public Library’s teen summer reading program. Julia completed ten required literacy tasks and qualified for the grand prize drawing. The headphones were presented by Youth Services Librarian Stacie Powell and…

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Cutting trees on public lands

August 20, 2014

The Army Corps of Engineers is investigating and pursuing restitution for seven cases of destruction to public lands surrounding Lake Hartwell. According to Sandy Campbell, natural resource manager, the destruction cases represent an un-precedented increase in property owners illegally removing trees and vegetation along the lake shoreline. The consequences may include fines, court appearances and,…

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Councilmen donate their paychecks

August 20, 2014

The Walhalla mayor and council members are up to date on the project to establish a 9-11 memorial in Oconee County, on property next to the new Walhalla High School construction site. Brett McLaughlin and Jim Alexander of the 9-11 Memorial Committee, during a presentation last night, announced that there will be a ribbon-cutting September…

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“Tailored-down” Streetscape pan on the way

August 20, 2014

What’s now described as a “tailored-down” Streetscape plan for Walhalla will be presented publicly within a few weeks. Mayor Danny Edwards made the announcement last night at City Hall. After conferring with Joe Bryant of the Seamon Whiteside company, Edwards said the project plan will probably be presented and shown to the public and the…

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Courthouse Inn deadline extended

August 20, 2014

Oconee County Council will allow the developers who proposed converting the former courthouse into a boutique-type hotel a few more weeks. Council’s action last night means that John Powell and Jim Carswell have until September 16 to secure the financing that, so far, has eluded them. Though he made clear he was not seeking an…

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Keep broadband alive, Moulder urges

August 20, 2014

96.3/WGOG began enjoying the advantages this week of high-speed internet, courtesy of Oconee County’s “FOCUS” project. But the delay in spreading high-speed availability to other parts of the county has led to complaints that made their way to last night’s Oconee County Council meeting. Administrator Scott Moulder appealed to council to keep alive the project…

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Mayor extends an olive branch

August 20, 2014

The request by the chamber of commerce to make changes in this year’s Oktoberfest has been tabled by the Walhalla City Council. The council acted unanimously last night, after a plea by Mayor Danny Edwards. Edwards appealed for a time-out and asked for a committee to work out differences among the chamber director, the police…

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House fire claims life in Walhalla

August 20, 2014

A home fire last night in Walhalla’s Mountain View subdivision has left a 49-year old man dead. Coroner Karl Addis said Michael Joseph Marcello was extricated from the bedroom area of his home at 829 North Andover Drive. Within a few minutes, EMS determined Marcello showed no signs of life. An autopsy has been ordered.…

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AT THIS HOUR!

August 19, 2014

The U-S Forest Service is in Walhalla holding “break out” sessions with members of the public with interest in how the government agency manages the upper corridor of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.  Because the famed river passes by three states, Forest Service representatives from South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina are leading today’s…

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  • December 20, 2014 6:00 pmMountain Rest Community Club's Monthly Meeting
  • December 20, 2014 7:00 pm35th Old Fashion Christmas Pageant
  • December 21, 2014 10:30 amWelcome Wesleyan Church Holiday Meal Giveaway
  • December 21, 2014 6:00 pmChristmas Eve Worship
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