Backpacks to be distributed in elementary schools

Backpacks will be handed out at Oconee’s 10 elementary schools during back to school events.  It’s a collaborative partnership between the school district and Oconee First Steps.  These backpacks are designed for all 4-K and pre-school intervention students.  Each contains two books and a parent information packet. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the backpacks, and so thankful […]

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The PRT has grant money to award

Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) Commission announces that Accommodations Tax (ATAX) grant applications will be accepted until 3 pm Monday, August 15, 2016. ATAX Application guides may be requested through the PRT office at 888-1488 and will be available online at www.oconeesc.com  Eligible projects for ATAX grant consideration are tourism advertising and promotion; the promotion of arts and […]

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Waterfalls are beautiful but can be dangerous

Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred over recent days in North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest.  An Atlanta-area woman was wading in the stream that flows over Rainbow Falls on the Pisgah Ranger District when she lost her footing and was swept over the falls by the current. Two days later a man jumped off the top of Elk […]

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Fatal car accident on South Carolina 133

A late night car accident in Pickens County left a 7-year old boy dead.  The accident occurred Saturday night on South Carolina 133 and involved a car crossing the centerline after a curve in the road and hitting an embankment.  According to the highway patrol, the boy was in a booster seat.  Trooper Bill Ryne said the driver of the […]

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Major fish kill near Walhalla

Officials of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that 40 thousand fish died recently, apparently due to low oxygen levels, at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery off highway 107.  Dan Rankin, DNR Upstate fisheries biologist, says the fish kill occurred the weekend of July 9-10 and, as he put it, “It was bad.”  However, he says, the kill has […]

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Zoning variance requested tonight

A variance is requested tonight to the Oconee County zoning law.  At 6 o’clock, the county Board of Zoning Appeals will convene to hear a request to vary from the setback rules for an expansion of J-Davis Construction Company on highway 11.  Board meetings are held in the Oconee County Council Chambers at Walhalla. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Hotel developers clear hurdle

The two men who hope to take Oconee’s old courthouse and give it a new purpose are on their way to qualify for tax credits to help them convert the 1956 building into a hotel.  That hotel is being envisioned by Mayor Danny Edwards as a further amenity as part of Walhalla’s effort to revitalize the downtown area.  And the […]

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AT THIS HOUR, honors for the late Billy Dilworth

A ceremony today in northeast Georgia today has officially named a stretch of Georgia 59 in honor of the late Billy Dilworth, who rode the rural roads for years to gather news as part of his career as a radio, TV, and newspaperman.  It’s a ceremony carried live by 101.7/WGOG.  Many of Dilworth’s long time friends are there including Country […]

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60,000 gallons lost on a hot day

Walhalla estimates it lost 60 thousand gallons of water early yesterday afternoon when a contractor struck a 10-inch line at Walhalla Veterinary Clinic.  However, Scott Parris, the utilities superintendent, said only a few customers lost water.  One veterinary clinic customer looked out the window and saw so much water in the parking lot he wondered whether he was going to […]

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Wrongful death claim settled by judge’s order

  A claim alleging wrongful death near Seneca nearly two years ago was settled today in an Oconee courtroom.  Common Pleas Judge Scott Sprouse approved an order submitted by attorneys that puts an end to the damage lawsuit filed by Kimberly Silvers against Drew Woodall Greene.  The agreement disburses $25 thousand dollars from the state’s uninsured motorist fund for two […]

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