Resolution lauds retiring chief of police

According to the city of Westminster, retiring Police Chief Dean Awalt will leave behind an impressive legacy of public service when he retires this summer after four and a half years on the job.  The city council is set to pass a resolution tomorrow night in Awalt’s honor.  Five top accomplishments are spelled out in the resolution, including “re-establishing citizen […]

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Adopt-a-Stream efforts to attract partners and volunteers

A new program to monitor and record water quality in streams and rivers is being organized in South Carolina.  Partnering to form the South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream program are D-HEC and the Center for Watershed Excellence at Clemson University.  The program will mirror a similar program in Georgia and rely on volunteer organizations to provide reports for a database to monitor […]

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Seneca group interested in former school property

A new group at Seneca has announced ambitions to acquire a former school property and convert it into something that can continue to serve the community in positive ways.  During an Oconee school board meeting last week, Curtis White said the group, the Blue Ridge Community Center, would like to acquire the former Code Elementary School on Holland Avenue.  According […]

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Marine Week in Oconee County

This is Marine Week in Oconee County.  Marines and Navy corpsmen will receive a motorcycle escort into Oconee County this afternoon for a few days of rest and relaxation, courtesy of Lake Keowee home communities.  Everyone is invited to line the parade routes this afternoon, highways 123 and 130, to welcome the military members.  If you plan to go to […]

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New Walhalla budgets ready for public hearing

Walhalla leaders invite comments and questions tomorrow on what it will take to run city government and utilities for the next year.  The annual Walhalla budget hearing takes place at 5:30 tomorrow evening at City Hall.  This year’s budget features a $500 thousand transfer from the water department to help offset general city operations in 2017-18.  

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Court week opens this morning

A week long term of Oconee General Sessions Court opens this morning in Walhalla, with resident circuit judge Scott Sprouse presiding.  The docket contains seven cases for trial.  In first position is South Carolina versus Jeffrey Shelton, charged with criminal domestic violence second offense.  Shelton was arrested in April 2015.

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15-year old drowns in Lake Keowee

A dive team member recovered the body of a Spartanburg County boy 35 to 40 yards from the Lake Keowee shoreline at Fall Creek Landing.  Coroner Karl Addis says the victim of the accidental death was 15-year old Dillon Ray Spears of the Spartanburg County town of Wellford.  According to Addis, Dillon and a friend were believed to have tried […]

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Body of drowning victim recovered

Father’s Day has turned tragic in Oconee County as emergency workers say a swimmer drowned early Sunday. Charlie King with Oconee County Emergency Services says the drowning happened near the Fall Creek Boat Ramp in the Salem area around 9 a.m. Sunday when two people were out for a swim. One of them went underwater and never resurfaced, prompting the other […]

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