Hot and dry, yet the lakes are up

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We’re hearing that word again—-drought.  Yet our lakes seem to be full of water.   Barbara Wilson of Walhalla can’t explain that, but offered a theory today.  The weather observer believes that a lot of rain that falls in Oconee County or in the watershed feeding the man-made lakes misses her official recording station on her farm near the city limit.  […]

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Clemson students reveal design for portable stage

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Six Clemson students in architecture, construction science and management and landscape architecture roll out their design for a new, portable community arts stage tomorrow in Asheville, North Carolina.  The unveiling is set as part of a festival in PackSquarePark.  The “U-Leaf” Community Stage is described as an unfolding, mobile stage that performers will use in the festival, and afterward the […]

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What do the kids like most about their new school?

On a blistering, hot summer’s day, with nearly three weeks of summer play remaining, Walhalla Municipal Pool was filled with swimmers.  Meantime, some of the teachers for the swimmers were busy behind their desks preparing for August 18 and the start of school.  Some Walhalla High students who’ve seen the new school they’ll be attending have already picked out what […]

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Question points to the “elephant in the room”

Everything seemed to be going smoothly on one of the Seneca Rotary Club’s tours of the new WalhallaHigh School when one Rotarian asked a question to which a school district official begged off.  After seeing some of the impressive features that $54 million dollars buys, the Rotarian’s question was, “This is built for Tamassee-SalemHigh School students, right?”  

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Shoplifting investigations net two arrests

Investigations have led to a pair of arrests in separate shopliftings at the Wal-Mart near Seneca.  Oconee Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of Phillip James Manley II of Utica and Jasmine Lizette Isom of Anderson.  Manley, 26 years old, is charged July 21 with shoplifting items worth $225.62.  Isom, 24 years old, is accused in a warrant as an accessory […]

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Boil water advisory covers Ashley Estates

          Residents of Clemson’s Ashley Estates are under a boil water advisory this morning as the result of low pressure caused by a water main break.  Before using water for drinking or cooking, Ashley Estates customers should boil their water vigorously for at least one full minute.  Any ice made from water that has not been […]

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A look by Seneca at the new Walhalla school

Even before today’s tour finished, the reviews from a group of Senecans about Walhalla’s new high school were commendatory.  The Seneca Rotarians were impressed with what they saw in a tour of the sprawling high school complex on highway 11.  The tours were led by Joe Rukat and Richard Alexander of the OconeeSchool District.  There was much to see, as […]

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Accused bank robber arraigned

The U-S District Court in Greenville arraigned a Mountain Rest man accused of bank robbery in May near Seneca.  In today’s proceeding, a court officer tells us, there was no change in the bond for defendant Jesse Ray Pate.  He’s charged with the May 19 robbery at Community First Bank on the Sandifer Boulevard.  

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Two councilmen to make Hilton Head meet

Two Oconee County council members are headed to the cost this weekend for the annual conference of the South Carolina Association of Counties.  Paul Cain of District Three and Joel Thrift of District Four are registered at the Hilton Head Mariott for a conference of meetings that are described as “a dynamic educational experience with opportunities for on-on-one interaction,  strategizing, […]

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