Temperatures vary wildly

Winter is now one month deep, but the mild temperatures that followed a cold snowfall reflect a wild variation from one year to the next.  Walhalla’s official low temperature for the 24-hour period Wednesday through Thursday was 40 degrees.  Yet one year ago, on this date, one Mountain Rest weather watcher recorded 12 degrees on his outside thermometer.

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Relief sought to zoning rules in Seneca

A Seneca panel will sit in judgment tonight on whether there should relief be granted to zoning rules that cover property at the Lake Keowee Loran Point home development.  A zoning variance, requested by Lonnie Martin, at 1100 Loran Point will be considered as part of a 6 o’clock Boarfd of Zoning Appeals public hearing at City Hall.

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Seneca High is finalist for top award

For a second year, Seneca High School will compete as a finalist for Palmetto’s Finest.  Extensive evaluations by educators and past Palmetto’s Finest winners go into which schools are ranked as finalists.  The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.  The final award will be made known in a live stream South […]

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“Firewise” meeting at Devil’s Fork State Park

  The tragedies late last year at Pinnacle Mountain and Gatlinburg remain fresh on the mind.  And that has prompted the group Friends of Jocassee to host a meeting to help the community learn more about protecting their homes and property from wildfire.  Another feature of the meeting will be information on how controlled burns can help.  Everyone is invited […]

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Students learn principals of air density

A research project by seventh grade science classes at Seneca Middle School taught students the principles of air density.  The freezing temps following the recent snowfall gave students the chance to launch homemade air balloons made of panels of colorful tissue paper.  Teachers Eddie Chavis and Deborah Bellflower supervised the burner, fueled by small tanks of propane gas which inserted […]

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New Sumatran orangutan can be seen on exhibit

Kumar, the Greenville Zoo’s new male Sumatran orangutan, has completed his quarantine period and has been making appearances on exhibit to explore his new home and enjoy the mild weather. Female Lana has also completed her quarantine period but is taking longer to settle into her new surroundings, so she will be transitioned into the exhibit a little more slowly. […]

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Duke’s 2016 property tax bill is satisfied

When you are Oconee County it’s nice to have Duke Energy in the neighborhood!  The electric utility satisfied its 2016 tax bill covering its massive property holdings in Oconee with a pair of electronic wire transfers received during the last two weeks by the office of County Treasurer Greg Nowell.  Those payments amount to $30.7 million dollars, two-thirds of which […]

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New mobile health clinic to frequent Walhalla

  Clemson University will bring a new mobile health clinic to Walhalla to serve a dual purpose.  The facility, described by Mayor Edwards as state-of-the-art, will serve Walhallans and those surrounding the city with health screenings given by Clemson students who are training to be nurses and nurse practitioners.  The mobile health clinic will set up on the property set […]

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Two charged in 2016 shoplifting crimes

Two people have been arrested and charged by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office with shoplifting during October and December incidents at the Wal-Mart.  An arrest warrant accuses Feather Lace Crowe Key of Walhalla with taking a GPS December 10.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, Key was placed into custody last Friday during a traffic stop conducted by the Westminster police.  A […]

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