Holiday weekend starts summer travel

The motor club AAA projects around 1.5 million Carolinians on the roads this weekend bound for Memorial Day destinations.  Most will travel by motor vehicle and the airlines. Popular destinations are Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and Denver, Colorado.  The long Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers.  Seven of […]

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Walhalla man arrested in Westminster

The police in Westminster say an anonymous tip led them to make a traffic stop this week and arrest a Walhalla man who, the police say, was wanted on multiple charges.  Law enforcement reports identify the man arrested as Kevin Daniel Kelly, passenger in an SUV that was stopped during the noon hour Tuesday on Westminster’s Norris Street.  The Oconee […]

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Cain and Sloan pleased by Sanctuary Pointe announcement

Two Oconee County leaders are encouraged by the developers’ announcement of a revised master plan to develop an I-85 Lake Hartwell peninsula.  Ken Sloan, director of the Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau, says this could be the solution to the lack of a tourism draw in the southern part of the Oconee County.  The peninsula sits near the South Carolina-Georgia […]

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Half day classes next week

The last two days next week of the Oconee public school are half days of classes for students.  They are Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2, with Thursday the last day of the school year.  Students should be sure to take all belongings home and parents should arrange to pick up any leftover medication.  The four high schools hold […]

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Walhalla swimming season starts tomorrow

A full summer season of municipal swimming will open tomorrow evening at the Walhalla Swim Pool on W. Main Street.  Pool hours tomorrow will run 5 to 7 pm as part an  open house.  The YMCA is operating the pool for the summer and you can call them at 864/962-4049 to get a schedule and what it costs to enjoy […]

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Sanctuary Pointe plan changes

The Sanctuary Pointe developers are making official their change of plans for the peninsula on I-85 at Lake Hartwell in Oconee County.  They are announcing a partnership with state agencies and regional recreation management groups for an Outdoor Life Center.  Sanctuary Pointe now says it has approval from the Corps of Engineers and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation […]

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School District deadline next week

When it comes to the school in which Oconee parents want their children enrolled next year, there’s an important deadline next week.  Wednesday, June 1 is the deadline for parents to complete an online school choice form, which can be found on the district website.   Oconee School District policy allows students to apply to attend any school in the district […]

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“I want this phased out”

  It looks as if Westminster’s next budget will square expenses with revenues.  The mayor and council went into last night’s budget workshop with the task of trimming about $190 thousand dollars.  They agreed on cuts covering several areas, including the deletion of truck purchases and spending less on re-opening the swimming pool.  Councilwoman Susan Ramey announced Thursday, June 9 […]

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Solicitior issues statement

The circuit solicitor, Chrissy Adams, issued this statement after the sentencing of a young man for his part in murder and other crimes committed at a home in Utica on New Year’s Day 2014:  “Today’s guilty plea allows the families of Scott Johnston and Jody Corley to see justice delivered for the unbearable pain and loss that James Toward put them through […]

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Chris Carter to succeed Jeff Lord

  After a brief private meeting, the Westminster City Council voted 7-0 to appoint Georgetown’s Chris Carter as its next city administrator.  Mayor Brian Ramey said Carter stood out among the 19 applicants to succeed Jeff Lord.  Carter’s connections to the Upstate, which include relatives in Clemson and previous work experience in the North Carolina mountains, attracted him to the […]

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