Arming the Kurds against ISIL

Senator Lindsey Graham says he supports allowing the President temporary, emergency authority to provide weapons and training to Iraqi Kurds. The South Carolina Republican says the Kurds are a critical partner in the fight against ISIL. Graham is a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan legislation.

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Utility trailer stolen

A new and enclosed metal utility trailer was stolen late last month in Oconee County. The Sheriff’s Office hopes the public will spot the stolen trailer which is 6’ by 12’, single axle, black in color with a straight hitch. Forest River manufactured the trailer and the company’s sticker is displayed on the side, along with a sticker marked “Sunshine.” […]

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Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Leon Jones, 88, of 1196 Coffee Road, Walhalla died Tuesday at his home.  The retired mail carrier was the widower of Deeva Evelyn McDonald Jones.  The funeral will be 5 p-m Friday ay Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  A private burial will be held.  The family receives friends from 4 to 5 p-m Friday, prior to the service at the […]

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Supply problems delay Streetscape

A delay in the arrival of supplies and equipment has pushed back the start of work on Walhalla’s Streetscape. City Administrator Nancy Goehle today said the start date is now Monday, May 18. Some pipe has arrived and is stored behind a construction trailer at Main and N. Spring. Meantime, utilities director Scott Parris has been talking to Duke Energy […]

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Confederate Memorial Day observance

Confederate Memorial Day, a holiday in South Carolina, will be observed Monday. But Oconee County’s tribute to those who died in service to the Confederacy takes place this weekend in Walhalla, and everyone is invited. Retired teacher Luther Lyle, president of the Seneca Chapter of Sons of the Confederacy, says the observance will start at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at […]

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Disengaging from bitter lawsuit

At least for now, Oconee County will ask its attorney to seek the removal of a pending legal claim in which the county is pursuing back taxes that it alleges are owed by the owners of a plane kept at the Oconee Regional Airport. Last night’s motion by Councilman Paul Cain passed 3 to 2, with Cain, Joel Thrift and […]

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“Rustic elegance” gets a going over

At second reading last night, an assistance agreement for the developers of a commercial business venture near U-S 123 and 93 raised questions among county officials and negative reaction from one of the public comment speakers. At the council table, District One’s Edda Cammick raised questions about whether Oconee County will wind up with the high quality development that the […]

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Confederate Memorial Day events

Confederate Memorial Day, a holiday in South Carolina, will be observed Monday. But Oconee County’s tribute to those who died in service to the Confederacy takes place this weekend in Walhalla, and everyone is invited. Retired teacher Luther Lyle, president of the Seneca Chapter of Sons of the Confederacy, says the observance will start at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at […]

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Jerry Lane Connally

Jerry Lane Connally, 60, of 114 Worth Street, Seneca died Sunday at his home.  He was the widower of Shirley Sue Ramey Connally.  The funeral will be 11 a-m Thursday from the Chapel of the Sandifer Funeral Home; the burial follows in the Hepsibah Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family receives friends from 10 to 11 a-m Thursday before the service […]

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Federal government approves Pioneer Water loan

A loan of $16.5 million to allow Pioneer Rural Water to build its treatment plant has received approval by the federal government. At a meeting today, Pioneer General Manager Terry Pruitt read a letter of congratulations from Senator Lindsey Graham. The letter, dated April 24 and addressed to Pioneer Chairman Barry Stevenson, came with an attachment outlining details. The plant […]

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