Waging battle against in-attentive driving

The governing body of Oconee County wants the state to go farther to reduce in-attentive driving.  The county council instructed its attorney last night to draft a letter to the county’s state delegation requesting legislation to outlaw the use of cell phones while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.  Councilman Wayne McCall believes talking on the phone while driving […]

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City Administrator Goehle to retire

A 28-year career is coming to an end at the Walhalla City Hall.  City Administrator Nancy Goehle read her retirement letter last night to the city council.  The council accepted Goehle’s plan to retire April 28 and then went into an executive session to talk about how to fill the vacancy.  The mayor and council will miss Goehle.  Mayor Edwards […]

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Clemson athletics official found dead

Bert Henderson, the Clemson Associate AD / Director of IPTAY Planned Giving, was found dead Tuesday morning, according to Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark. An investigation by the coroner’s office has begun.  Henderson was 60/  His career began in 1978 as an athletic trainer and throughout his time at Clemson he took on many roles–from wrapping ankles to raising money […]

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Three arrested in Oconee waive extradition to Georgia

More information has been released about the three people arrested in Oconee County after being wanted in neighboring Stephens County, Georgia.  Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said they were three of four people wanted as the result of an incident at a home.  “Upon deputies’ arrival, the complainant stated that her front door had been kicked in by ‘four individuals’,” […]

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Prepping for the total eclipse of the sun at Clemson

People who want to contribute to science by photographing this summer’s total solar eclipse can find out how Thursday at Clemson University. The Eclipse Across America Awareness Tour, co-sponsored by Google and Multiverse, the education and public outreach arm of the University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, will present a forum from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Brackett Hall […]

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Thieves raid vacant manufacturing plant

  Someone got inside the vacant golf ball plant near Westminster and  took, office furniture, electronics and golf equipment, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office appeals to the public for information that can help solve the burglary.  The crime was reported February 10 at the former Maxfli plant on 123.  A roll door to the building had been opened. Investigators do […]

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Dirt hauled to 9-11 memorial site

  Before an Oconee County 9-11 memorial is ready, dirt must fill a large hole on the property on n. highway 11 just to the north of the Walhalla High baseball field.  However, 9-11 memorial volunteer Brandon Shirley now declares the property a construction zone.  And he predicted at last night’s school board meeting that the memorial will be finished […]

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Trustees vote saves seven counselor positions

  An Oconee School Board vote saved the jobs of seven mental health counselors.  Dee-Dee Culbertson, who acted as a spokeswoman for the counselors, told reporters following last night’s vote:  “I’m very happy with the reaction we received.  We’re just here to serve the kinds, and we look forward to serving them the next year and for as long as […]

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Council Chair won’t say never….”

The two Oconee County councilmen who left office at the end of 2016 repeated their warning that if the county continues to spend at current pace, the county will have to raise taxes.  The council’s new chair, Edda Cammick, won’t rule out an eventual property tax increase, but not before the county “gets its house in order first” and show […]

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Cammick: Moulder willing to adapt to political realities

Edda Cammick describes Scott Moulder as a progressive.  At the same time, however, the chairwoman of the Oconee County Council says the county administrator has told her he’s willing to come thru with a new budget that better reflects the new council’s conservative approach to spending.  Cammick wants the administrator to work “more lean.”  More lean could translate to the […]

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