Federal indictment charges Oconeean

An Oconee County man has been charged in a federal indictment alleging possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  According to the U-S Attorney’s Office, the case against Howard Eugene Johnson was investigated by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms .  

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Walhalla Toastmasters host open house

  Walhalla Toastmasters will host an open house at 11:30 am Wednesday, March 1 for those interested in joining the organization. The open house will be held at Oconee Heritage Center at Brown’s Square, Walhalla.  Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending […]

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Eunice Crowe Hopkins Jones

West Union, SC— Eunice Crowe Hopkins Jones, 86, wife of the late Harold Burton Hopkins, of 1060 North Highway 11, West Union, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 24, 2017, at Cherry Hill Church of God with burial to follow at the church cemetery. The […]

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Seneca re-zoning at impasse

A Seneca official says 69 acres near the South Cove Road won’t be re-zoned until information is received to resolve concerns that were raised during this week’s hearing at City Hall.  On behalf of Crescent Communities, Hank Higgins requested the city planning commission to move 69 acres from the category of PDU, planned development undeveloped, to residential-20. Seneca’s Ed Halbig […]

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Public defenders contracted for Walhalla court

Walhalla will pay public defenders $65 dollars a case to represent defendants who request them in the municipal court.  The city council last night accepted a contract recommended by Judge Jim Williams that is acceptable to the attorneys who provide defense for defendants who can’t afford private attorneys.  The council is capping the arrangement at 20 cases, or no more […]

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Cruising returns to Walhalla next month

  Walhalla City Council gave its blessing last night to the Kelly Hardy family of Westminster to sponsor organized cruising in the downtown.  The council looks forward to once-a-week cutting town events during warm weather months, with the first cruising to take place Saturday, March 18.  They expect the visitors that the Hardys bring to town will make gasoline purchases […]

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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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