Walhalla/Westminster Pass City Budgets

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The city councils of both Westminster and Walhalla gave final approval to the cities’s 2016-2017 budgets this week, with neither city’s spending plan including a tax increase. Westminster residents, however, will have an opportunity under the city’s 2016-2017 budget to cut their electric power rate by 5 percent. The Walhalla city budget for general operations includes neither a tax hike nor an […]

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Police say woman stole IDs of local residents

An Upstate woman stole the identities of numerous Oconee County residents, and others in South Carolina, according to police. Seneca police went to the Bank of America on May 26 to investigate a forged personal check given to a teller. They were able to make contact with Christie Smith, alias Christie Leann Manley. Police say Manley had, on her person, credit […]

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SALEM MAN AND WOMAN CHARGED IN WALMART SHOPLIFTING AND FRAUDULENT RETURN CASE

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The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Salem man and woman in relation to a recent shoplifting and a fraudulent return case at the Walmart in Seneca. On Tuesday, deputies booked 44-year-old Jerry Leon Gambrell, Jr. and 25-year-old Jessie Lynn McClellan into the Oconee County Detention Center. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release seeking […]

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Council Passes County Operation Budget

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The Oconee County Council on Tuesday by a vote of 3-2 passed, on its third reading, the 2016-2017 county operations budget without the 1.5 mill hike in the property tax rate that had passed a previous vote. Council members Joel Thrift and Reg Dexter cast the dissenting votes. The $44.3 million operations budget will go into effect July 1. Before the final vote, […]

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Police seek public help in Walmart larceny

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The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for you help regarding a recent Seneca area Walmart larceny case and in identifying a male (pictured left) in relation to that case. Police spoke with an employee of the Sandifer Boulevard store on June 15th in regard to the theft of money. According to the employee, a Hispanic male went to a checkout line with […]

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Walhalla budget hearing

If you have an opinion on what Walhalla should spend to operate another year of city government, you can convey your opinion or question directly to the mayor and city council.  A public hearing on the budget takes place at 5:25 Tuesday evening at City Hall. The city council’s regular June meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Car accidents lead to power problems

In the last 24 to 36 hours car accidents have kept public safety responders on the go–as well as power company repair crews.  A car hit a power pole during the midnight hour in Walhalla leading to an outage affecting parts of Walhalla and West Union.  That accident occurred on E. Main near the Highland Glen apartments.  Early last evening, […]

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Sexual conduct alleged at Lake Hartwell recreation area

A man and a woman were arrested late last night by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office as part of an investigation of sexual conduct at the Lake Hartwell Friendship Recreation area.  The Sheriff’s Office announced the following arrests and charges:     38-year old Cynthia Lynn Winston of Timberlake Drive was charged with indecent exposure, criminal solicitation of a minor and assault and […]

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In May, Oconee jobless rate an even 5%

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In the month of May, the Oconee County unemployment rate settled at an even five percent.  And figures from the state show the Oconee jobless rate moving in the right direction.  It was 5.2% in April and 5.9% in May 2015.  According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, statewide unemployment for May 2016 dropped slightly, to 5.6%.  Nationally, the […]

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Flood protection improvements at Oconee Nuclear

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found changes made by Duke Energy at the Oconee nuclear plant would adequately protect the plant from a potential failure of the Jocassee Dam. In 2008, the NRC staff issued a letter to Duke requesting information related to external flooding, including the potential failure of the Jocasee Dam, about 12 miles upstream from the plant. […]

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