Construction starts on new home for the legionnaires

Construction has begun on the long-awaited new home for Walhalla’s American legionnaires.  According to an announcement by Jerry Dyar, the public information officer for Post 124, the legionnaires are grateful to everyone who is helping make the Kenneth Street building project a reality.  And that includes Bob Winchester, the executive director of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority.  Dyar and other […]

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Donation drive for Gatlinburg

Details are being announced of an Oconee County relief effort for those impacted by fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Walhalla Water Department and Northwestern Supply Company are asking for your support the recovery facing those affected by the wildfires.  Among items needed are pet food; household items, including canned food and packaged snacks; bottled water and sports drinks; toiletries, clothes; and […]

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Top challenges in front of state lawmakers

Fresh from a re-organization meeting for the next session of the state representatives, one Oconee lawmaker thinks he has a handle on what are to be the top legislative issues during 2017.  Representative Bill Whitmire, Walhalla Republican, admitted yesterday that job one will be some kind of permanent solution to how South Carolina will fund the repair of its roads […]

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Deputy Justin Stokes an honored graduate

Oconee deputy sheriff Justin Stokes has graduated from the state Criminal Justice Academy and its basic law enforcement program, and he did it with special honor. Stokes was awarded the J.P. Strom Award, given to the graduate who achieves the highest overall academic average after the successful completion of all performance tests. Stokes shared the award with officer and fellow […]

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Whitmire anticipates education panel re-assignment

The Walhalla area state representative in 2017 expects to be seated on the House committee that has primary responsibility for public education spending.  District One’s Bill Whitmire awaits a meeting next week with both Governor Nikki Haley and Molly Spearman, the state superintendent of education.  “It’s not official yet.  I’ll probably find out next week,” is how Whitmire, a retired […]

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Northeast Georgia public official indicted

A commissioner for Franklin County, Georgia, David Strickland,  has been indicted on two felony counts in connection with the purchase of property in Canon. The indictments were handed down Monday against Strickland by the Franklin County Grand Jury. Afterward, a judge issued a bench warrant on behalf of the grand jury for the 56-year old Strickland, a Lavonia resident. Strickland […]

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North Carolinian jailed in Westminster carjacking

A young North Carolinian has been placed in Oconee County jail, as part of a cross-jurisdiction investigation of a carjacking this week in Westminster.  The Sheriff’s Office today announced the following charges against 19-year old Luisito Alexander Bonilla-Rodriguez:  carjacking, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and armed robbery.  By 11 this morning, Bonilla-Rodriguez remained in […]

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Oconee attains reduction in uninsured health insuraned population

A non-profit organization that strives to help solve economic challenges faced by South Carolinians believes that, in spite of its short fallings, the country’s health insurance law has made a measurable difference in the state and in Oconee County.  The Palmetto Project’s Shelli Quenga this morning provided updated numbers from the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, to indicate that […]

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