Walhallans invited to question the candidates

Municipal Election Day is drawing near.  And next week there will be a chance for members of the Walhalla community to hear the candidates assembled together at one place to give their views and hopes for the city’s future.  The Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to participate in the forum by asking questions of the candidates for […]

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Streetscape post Oktoberfest

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Large machinery is in operation today in downtown Walhalla at the start of a process that will lead to the new asphalt cover for the four Main Street blocks between Ann and Tugaloo streets.  The process of milling, removing part of the old asphalt, started this morning between Tugaloo and College streets. According to the contractor, some traffic lane changes […]

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Red Cross at fire scene

American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers assisted a family of four, one adult and three children, who were displaced from their home on Rufus Land Road in the Cleveland and Madison communities of Oconee County.  The Red Cross is meeting the immediate needs of the family by providing financial assistance for replacement of food and clothing, temporary lodging, and comfort kits […]

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Tax slice from new commercial development

The first shovel of dirt has yet to be turned at a proposed development near Clemson.  Yet county governments are lining up for their share of taxes to be derived from the proposed Hartwell Village near U-S 123/SC 93, where once stood the Defore Milliken textile plant.  Pickens County Council sponsors a public hearing during its 6:30 meeting tonight on […]

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Clearing up athletic eligibility question

At a meeting last week of Salem Town Council confusion reigned over the impact that combining Salem and Walhalla enrollments will have for those Tamassee-Salem students who would like to take part in high school athletics.  We put the question to Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent.  Here is his reply:  “If TS is not closed, TS students would no longer […]

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Zoning change to be considered in Seneca

A zoning change is to be considered tonight in Seneca, during a City Hall hearing that begins at 6 o’clock.  The planning commission will take up Lisa Brown’s request for a Residential-General zone at 801 E. S. 1st Street.  The property is located to the north of the intersection with N. Kilpatrick Avenue.  Brown’s property is now zoned R-6. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Not all who spoke opposed closing

Those who want to see the school at Salem closed were in the minority during last week’s public comment session, conducted by the Oconee school trustees.  But there were two, and both are Seneca school principals.  They take the position that operating a small school deprives their schools and others in the district.  Speaking were Cliff Roberts of Seneca High […]

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Midnight hour home fire

A midnight home fire near Westminster has displaced four occupants of a mobile home.  Oconee Rural Fire Control reported multiple fire units spent as much as nearly three and a half hours at the fire scene, on the Rufus Land Road in the Cleveland-Madison communities.  The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants—one adult and three children. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Seneca announces a defense

Seneca has filed formal legal papers in response to a federal lawsuit by Zachary Hammond’s parents, as personal representatives of his estate.  The lawsuit was filed last month by the Hammond side as an attempt at the federal level to obtain what they have been unable to achieve at the state level—the release of audio and video recordings of July […]

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Oconee regarded finalist for company

Oconee County was described today as a finalist for a U-S company with a Chinese element.  “We hope to know more by the end of the year, if not sooner,” said Richard Blackwell, director of Oconee Economic Alliance.  He expressed appreciation for the help extended by State Rep. Bill Sandifer to help land the company.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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