Council Says no to Auditorium Concerts

At a City Council Meeting on Tuesday, the city of Walhalla turned down a request from the Walhalla Civic Auditorium to help fund 2 major concert venues.  Bill Chiusano, the Civic Auditorium’s business manager, had asked the council to sponsor concerts by Lorrie Morgan and Ronnie Milsap.  The council turned down the request for $37,500 during the meeting Tuesday night. […]

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Walhalla Pool May Open

A concerted effort to reopen the Walhalla City Pool is underway.  During a Walhalla city council meeting Tuesday night, council member Wayne McCall said the checklist of repair for the pool only indicated 12 items.  McCall along with volunteers and officials from the city of Walhalla intend to reopen the City pool. Both Westminster and Seneca city pools will remain […]

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Murder Suspect Will Not Stand Trial

A judge has ruled that an 86 year old man accused of murder is incompetent to stand trial. Nicholas Bonelli appeared before Judge Cordell Maddox on Tuesday. Bonelli is accused of murdering a Westminster woman and her visiting niece. Last November, 82 year old Clarine Smith of Westminster and her niece, 62 year old Sandra Smith Myers were stabbed to […]

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Literary Festival Coming to Clemson

Clemson University’s Literary Festival begins Wednesday and the university will welcome a special guest at a Thursday reading. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan will be the featured author at Clemson University’s sixth annual Literary Festival April 3-7. Egan will give a reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Alumni Center. Egan is the author of “A Visit From […]

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Sewer & Seneca Ready; Not Walhalla & Westminster

An engineering firm has developed a plan for modeling Oconee County’s sewer system, but not all of the county is ready for the modeling. The firm of Montgomery, Watson and Harza unveiled a four phase plan with a price tag of $400,000.  Officials with the county and the sewer authority believe a computerized modeling system is needed to analyze the […]

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Vandals on the Loose

The Oconee County Sheriff’s department is seeking help in solving vandalism cases in the the area.  The sheriff’s department says between March 4th and 29th a number of vandalism incidents were reported in the area of Bountyland Road and Poplar Springs Road, near the Foothills community church.  Reports of damages to yards, homes and vehicles were reported in the area.  […]

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Oconee Teen Missing

Oconee County Sheriff’s department is asking the public for assistance in locating a missing Oconee Teenager.  Katherine Lidley, 16,  was reported missing on February 27 around 6 am from her foster home in Westminster. Katherine, who goes by the name Katey, is 5’1″ tall, about 115 lbs with blond hair and green eyes.  The Department of Social Services believes Katey […]

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Oconee Drug Arrests Nabs 2 Georgia Men

An arrest last Wednesday afternoon has landed two Georgia men in the Oconee Detention Center.  Deputies arrested 25 year-old Javier Francisco Farfan  and 22 year-old Jaime Flores , both of Lawrenceville, Georgia last Wednesday.  The two men are charged with trafficking methamphetamine.      The drug charges against Farfan and Flores were the result of an earlier investigation in which between 2.5 and […]

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Violent Crime Down in SC

Violent Crime in South Carolina is on the decrease.  That’s according to a report released today by  the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  SLED Chief Mark Keel says the rate of violent crime decreased 2.2 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.  Keel says while the rate has decreased overall, some categories of violent crime have increased.  Murders in South Carolina increased by […]

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DOR Steps Up Security

As the deadline passes for South Carolinians to enroll in free identity protection, the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s new Chief Information Office and Chief Information Security Officer began their new jobs today.  The Department has not had a permanent employee in either position since last year’s security breach in which 3.8 million taxpayer’s social security numbers were hacked.  A […]

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