The PRT has grant money to award

Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) Commission announces that Accommodations Tax (ATAX) grant applications will be accepted until 3 pm Monday, August 15, 2016. ATAX Application guides may be requested through the PRT office at 888-1488 and will be available online at www.oconeesc.com  Eligible projects for ATAX grant consideration are tourism advertising and promotion; the promotion of arts and […]

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Waterfalls are beautiful but can be dangerous

Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred over recent days in North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest.  An Atlanta-area woman was wading in the stream that flows over Rainbow Falls on the Pisgah Ranger District when she lost her footing and was swept over the falls by the current. Two days later a man jumped off the top of Elk […]

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Fatal car accident on South Carolina 133

A late night car accident in Pickens County left a 7-year old boy dead.  The accident occurred Saturday night on South Carolina 133 and involved a car crossing the centerline after a curve in the road and hitting an embankment.  According to the highway patrol, the boy was in a booster seat.  Trooper Bill Ryne said the driver of the […]

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Major fish kill near Walhalla

Officials of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that 40 thousand fish died recently, apparently due to low oxygen levels, at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery off highway 107.  Dan Rankin, DNR Upstate fisheries biologist, says the fish kill occurred the weekend of July 9-10 and, as he put it, “It was bad.”  However, he says, the kill has […]

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Zoning variance requested tonight

A variance is requested tonight to the Oconee County zoning law.  At 6 o’clock, the county Board of Zoning Appeals will convene to hear a request to vary from the setback rules for an expansion of J-Davis Construction Company on highway 11.  Board meetings are held in the Oconee County Council Chambers at Walhalla.

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Billy Smith

Westminster – Billy Maynard Smith, 79, widower of the late Eva Holbrooks Smith, passed away, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Magnolia Place of Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from the Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 1 – 2 pm, Wednesday, […]

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Steve Hall

Fair Play – Steve Marvin Hall, 68, husband of Brenda Robinson Hall, of 418 W. Pine Grove Road, passed away on July 21, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The family will receive friends 6 -8 pm, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the residence. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory may […]

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Hotel developers clear hurdle

The two men who hope to take Oconee’s old courthouse and give it a new purpose are on their way to qualify for tax credits to help them convert the 1956 building into a hotel.  That hotel is being envisioned by Mayor Danny Edwards as a further amenity as part of Walhalla’s effort to revitalize the downtown area.  And the […]

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AT THIS HOUR, honors for the late Billy Dilworth

A ceremony today in northeast Georgia today has officially named a stretch of Georgia 59 in honor of the late Billy Dilworth, who rode the rural roads for years to gather news as part of his career as a radio, TV, and newspaperman.  It’s a ceremony carried live by 101.7/WGOG.  Many of Dilworth’s long time friends are there including Country […]

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60,000 gallons lost on a hot day

Walhalla estimates it lost 60 thousand gallons of water early yesterday afternoon when a contractor struck a 10-inch line at Walhalla Veterinary Clinic.  However, Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent, said only a few customers lost water.  One veterinary clinic customer looked out the window and saw so much water in the parking lot he wondered whether he was going to […]

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