Increasing numbers of students fall below poverty line

A recent network report indicated that, for the first time, the federal government finds that more than one-half of public school students live in poverty.  And Oconee school district officials say their county’s numbers mirror those the federal government has for the rest of the country.  If local district officials are surprised, they aren’t shocked.  “We know that, as the […]

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Be careful at U-S 76 and Thrift’s Ferry Road!

An intersection in far northwest Oconee saw another traffic accident today.  At last word, state troopers had gone to the hospital to check on the status of three injured in today’s accident at U-S 76 and Thrift’s Ferry Road, not far from the river bridge to Georgia.  Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services said today’s accident was the third there […]

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Ocelot kittens born at Greenville Zoo


Two female ocelot kittens were born August 15 at the Greenville Zoo.  They are the first offspring of parents Evita and Oz, who are four years old.   Their birth made the Greenville Zoo one of only two Association of Zoos and Aquarium Insitutions to breed ocelots this year.  Staff hopes to exhibit the kittens in October, but the timing […]

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Car-share program announced for Clemson campus

Clemson University has struck a deal with a subsidiary of the car rental company Avis        to bring a car-sharing program to the campus.  At what the announcement says will be affordable rates, the Zipcar car sharing network will have six vehicles available at designated parking spots near Sikes Hall, Sirrine Hall, Thornhill Village, Fike and Bryan Circle for pick […]

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Rain moves “Steak in Oconee” indoors

Rain has forced a change in venue of tonight’s “Steak in Oconee.”  Instead of outdoors on the farm grounds of Whetstone Place in Mountain Rest, the event has been moved a short distance away so it can be held indoors.  The new venue is the Mountain Rest Community Club where ticketed guests tonight will celebrate what’s considered to be the […]

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Might Walhalla resemble Clover?


At first glance, this might look like downtown Walhalla with the middle of the street fire hydrants, as part of the Streetscape project.  But it’s not.  In fact, it’s the main street in the small York County town of Clover, just south of the North Carolina line.  Walhalla’s idea for middle of the street hydrants, to give fire fighters access […]

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Shepherd sues his former employer

Fred Shepherd has been sued by his former employer, alleging that he was part of a scheme to defraud his former bank, Community First.  Now Shepherd has filed a lawsuit of his own, and he’s accusing his former employers of breach of contract.  Filed Friday in the Oconee Common Pleas Court, the lawsuit alleges five causes of action—including breach of […]

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Red Cross continues to help

The fire has been squelched but, as of Friday, Red Cross workers remained at Seneca’s Crescent Pointe Apartment Homes, helping those displaced by the fire a day earlier.  The Red Cross’s Kimberly Shell says, fortunately, many of those affected carry renter’s insurance, yet a fire is something most people don’t anticipate.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestE-mailLinkedIn

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34th Miss Oktoberfest crowned

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A junior at Walhalla High wears the crown of Miss Oktoberfest.  Emily Dover won the overall title as the 34th Miss Oktoberfest during a pageant yesterday in which “Classic Beauty” served as the theme.  In high school, Emily is an honor student and involved in both the Leo and the Interact clubs.  She enjoys helping with Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas […]

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Scouts busy in Westminster!

Several condemned structures in Westminster are being removed, and the local Scouts are helping their city clean-up.  “We are happy to help them by carrying away the debris from the demolished buildings,” said Mayor Rick McCormick. “Anytime we can help someone cleanup an eyesore, especially one they didn’t make, we need to do that.”  With the help of Woodmen of […]

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