Outdoor enthusiasts tout Walhalla

Outdoor enthusiasts see a bicycle mecca in the future for Walhalla.  Jim Majors, the Upstate trail coordinator for the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, said during a meeting last night at Old St. John’s, “We want to make Walhalla a mountain biking mecca.”  Majors and other officials are promoting Walhalla as the northern end for a 350-mile statewide trail.  Extensions will add […]

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Cars collide at Seneca intersection

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West bound traffic on the 123 Seneca By-Pass slowed down late yesterday afternoon as emergency responders attended to a two-car accident at the 123 and Mountain View Drive intersection.  Involved were a Jeep Liberty and a Nissan SUV, and the police say the SUV driver was sent to the Oconee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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DOT proposes I-85 bridge replacements

The DOT proposes to spend hundreds of millions of dollars statewide to replace bridges on the interstate highways, including two sets of bridges in Oconee County.  The Department of Transportation invites public comment on the projects including $33.3 million dollars of work to replace the I-85 northbound and southbound bridges over Lake Hartwell and $26.2 million to replace the I-85 […]

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Hold placed on ex-chief’s retirement money

The Oconee judge who sentenced Scott Bannister has now signed an order that attaches a lien on the state retirement of the former Westminster police chief.  At the request of City Attorney Derek Enderlin, 10th Circuit Judge Alex Macaulay ruled that it’s appropriate for a lien to be placed on Bannister’s account with the Police Officers’ Retirement System for the […]

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Wet conditions impede Main Street project

The wet conditions are impeding progress this week in the project to finish the Walhalla Streetscape project.  As part of the work to re-build the sidewalk on the south side of Main Street, between Ann and Catherine streets, crews of Hutch ‘N Son might tear out the small sidewalk in that area.  But the contractor promises to replace the walk […]

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“ATAX” funds available by application

An Oconee County commission stands ready to award funds to those who will advance local tourism, cultural events, and the like.  The county’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission announces that it has $30 thousand derived through the collection of “ATAX”—the Accommodations Tax.  You can request an application guide by calling the PRT office at 888-1488 or online at www.oconeesc.com.  The […]

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Seneca to change its building permit structure

Seneca is looking at changes in its process for building permits.  It’ll mean an increase in the permit fee, but city leaders believe reducing paperwork will ease a builder’s burden.  And that’s borne out  from initial feedback to city officials.  During a non-action meeting last night, Ed Halbig announced a proposed increase of the base fee to $50 dollars for […]

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Seneca plan on track

The leaders of an Oconee municipality that was laid out in the 19th century on opposite sides of a railroad are being told that a city plan in the early 21st century is right on track.  During a work meeting last night, the mayor and city council heard that Seneca’s planning commission is addressing changes in the city’s comprehensive plan.  […]

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Voter deadline tomorrow

The deadline to be eligible to vote in next month’s Democratic Presidential primary in South Carolina is tomorrow.  The primary will be February 27.  The deadline for the Republican primary has already passed.  You can register for the Democrats’ vote by going by your registration and elections office or, as the state Election Commission office suggests, register online at scVOTES.org. […]

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Tech eligible for big prize money and scholarships

Tri-County Technical College at Pendleton is eligible to compete for new scholarships and $1 million dollars in prize money.  The announcement was made this morning from Washington by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, which considers Tech one of the country’s top 150 community colleges.  Tri-County has now been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  […]

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