For now, Seneca mayor keeps open higher office option

A rumor swirling within Seneca’s Ramcat Alley is that Mayor Dan Alexander’s switch to the Republican Party positions him for a potential run for District Two, State House of Representatives.  The seat is now held by Bill Sandifer, Seneca’s representative since 1995.  But Alexander is non-committal when asked whether he’ll run for the House, for which the next election is […]

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Spike in abuse of prescription painkillers

  Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says an opioid epidemic has begun to exert a grip on South Carolina, so much that the abuse of prescription painkillers is over-taking methamphetamine as society’s top drug problem.  Crenshaw expressed a worry today for the future and urged Walhalla Rotary Club members to become familiar with various painkillers such as lortab hydrocondone, among others, […]

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Family near Seneca displaced by weekend fire

Red Cross help, such as blankets to protect from the cold, was been extended to a family of five near Seneca—the result of a late Friday night home fire near S. Radio Station Road.  According to Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers, four of the five are adults; one is a child.  Chief Jan Oliver of the Seneca Fire Department said the […]

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Tennessee Avian flu otbreak creates South Carolina concern

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was confirmed Saturday in a commercial flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee.  Dr. Boyd Parr, the South Carolina state veterinarian, urges all sectors of the South Carolina poultry industry to intensify bio-security efforts.  The Tennessee case is the first confirmed case influenza of that type in commercial poultry in the United States in 2017, and was confirmed by […]

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Student teacher lost all possesions in home fire

A student teacher at Seneca’s Northside Elementary School, Danny Hall (right), was forced recently to re-build his life when a home fire destroyed his possessions.  Seneca teachers and staff came thru, however, with donations of clothing, gift cards, teaching supplies, among other items.  They did it under the aegis OneSeneca–a collaboration that works together for the betterment of Seneca education. […]

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Daylight Savings Time returns

Spring forward time arrives this weekend when clocks are turned forward one hour.  The official return to Daylight Savings Time will be 2 o’clock Sunday morning, March 12, which means that sunrise and sunset will arrive one hour later on the 12th than the day before.  The immediate benefit will be more light in evening time.  The immediate disadvantage is, […]

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Serious Walhalla traffic accident

A Friday morning traffic accident in downtown Walhalla left one driver injured and the police reaching for their citation book.  The police say the driver of a mini-van was ticketed for disregarding a traffic signal at Main and Spring streets.  The police say the driver also required a trip to the hospital.  It was an accident that wound up involving […]

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Walhalla event promotes better understanding of Latino community

Teachers and staff of Walhalla area public schools took part in a professional development event aimed at engaging the parents of Latino students.  The event, which included a breakfast, was sponsored by the School Improvement Council at Walhalla High School.  The turnout numbered 250 principals, teachers, and support staff.  They heard remarks from assistant professor Myriam Torres, the director of […]

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Graham concerned about Trump accusation

At the outset of his Clemson Town Hall meeting, Senator Graham is expressing concern about President Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration tapped the phones of the Trump campaign in 2016 and vowed there will be an FBI investigation and congressional hearings.  Graham, who quarreled openly with Trump during the campaign season, says, for the most part, he agrees with […]

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Graham Town Hall meeting crowd enters arena

Within 30 minutes the Lindsey Graham Town Hall meeting is scheduled to start at Clemson University.  As many as 100 people had lined up to enter the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts as early as 9:15 this morning.  They appear to be a crowd of mostly 50 year olds and above.  Apparently the organizers are quite interested in gauging […]

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