The mysterious Holsonback death 20 years later

Monday will be the 20th year since the body of a Clemson student was found floating in Lake Hartwell.  The homicide of Brooke Holsonback has remained one of the oddest and, perhaps, perplexing Oconee County cold cases.  There is a task force dedicated to identifying and catching who was responsible for her death.  The Clemson freshman from Prosperity was last […]

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Upbeat message sounded at “State of Oconee”

  Whether it was someone such as Ken Sloan or Richard Blackwell, the message to the large crowd today in Westminster was that Oconee County is a swell place to be and, in times ahead, is likely to be an even better place.  The “State of Oconee” luncheon proceeded without its original keynote speaker, Governor Henry McMaster.  Filling in, State […]

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Whitmire expects pension fix to be costly

An Oconee state lawmaker predicts the cost to meet the constitutionally-required obligations of the state’s retirees will be painful to those who will foot the bill—current employees and employers.  Rep. Bill Whitmire, Walhalla Republican, gave the Rotary Club this week a preview of how it’s going to take the state 10 years to remedy what took 20 years to get […]

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Allaying the fears of Walhalla Latinos

A meeting yesterday was designed to lessen the anxiety among Walhalla Latinos that the President’s executive order and plan to build a wall could lead local authorities to round up members of the local Spanish-speaking community, which could lead to their deportation.  But Walhalla Chief of Police Ronald Wilbanks says nothing has changed with his department since Donald Trump replaced […]

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Duncan votes to rescind two Obama era rules

Rep. Jeff Duncan and the House voted yesterday to undo two Obama Administration regulations that the Third District lawmaker says violated the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment limits on states’ rights.  The first regulation barred hunting and fishing from federal wilderness lands in Alaska, while the second stopped states from cutting Title X grant funding to abortion providers, including the Planned Parenthood […]

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“An evolving” Oconee Airport capital improvement plan

  Road changes and runway improvements make up “an evolving” capital improvement plan presented last night to the group that makes policy for the Oconee Regional Airport.  The county aeronautics commissioners received from their outside consultants a plan to chart the next five years for the small airport that sits across Lake Hartwell from Clemson University.  Each year from fiscal […]

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Cruising pitch made to Walhalla leaders

Those who helped return cruising to Westminster have now approached Walhalla.  Kelly Hardy and others appeared last night at a city council meeting.  And Walhalla Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks says he thought Hardy’s idea was well received by the city leaders who were told the aimless practice of driving thru town would bring visitors to the city and sales to […]

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Cedar Creek rifle range closed temporily

Lead from gunfire may have entered a Mountain Rest stream.  The Forest Service this morning announces the temporary closing of the popular Cedar Creek rifle range inside the Sumter National Forest until maintenance and an assessment is made of erosion and the depositing of sediment into the creek.  At the direction of Forest Supervisor Rick Lint, water sampling has begun […]

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