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Toccoa native serves aboard USS Alaska

August 21, 2014

Toccoa, Georgia native Harrison Walsch serving in the U-S Navy is part of a crew aboard one of the world’s advanced ballistic missile submarines—the USS Alaska. Petty Officer Walsch serves as a missile technician aboard the Kings Bay, Georgia-based boat. The submarine measures 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighs more than 16,500 tons.…

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Coroner rules Marcello’s death accidental

August 21, 2014

Tuesday night’s death of a 49-year old Walhalla man has been classified accidental by the Oconee County coroner. Karl Addis, the coroner, announces yesterday’s autopsy on the body of Michael Joseph Marcello showed smoke inhalation as the cause of death. The fire occurred in the Marcello home in Walhalla’s Mountain View subdivision, on North Andover…

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Howard’s Rock defendants await trial

August 20, 2014

The two North Carolina men arrested a year ago and charged with vandalizing the iconic symbol of Clemson football, Howard’s Rock, a year later have yet to see their cases resolved in a criminal court. But that could soon change. A spokeswoman for the 13th Circuit Solicitor confirms that her office intends to try the…

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“Economic development project coming to town”

August 20, 2014

Oconee’s economic development recruiter heralds the coming of a new employer. And it appears, from remarks by Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance, that the new employer from Anderson is going to occupy a former Beacon warehouse building on 123 near 11 and employ 50 workers. Asked about comments attributed to him at a…

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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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  • December 23, 2014 5:30 pmA Laidback Candlelit Service
  • December 24, 2014 6:00 pmChristmas Eve Worship
  • February 7, 2015 7:00 pmRelay for Life of Oconee Fundraiser
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