Three-year sentence announced

  An Oconee General Sessions Court judge ordered a Greenville man today to enter an alcohol addiction facility for three years after the defendant’s plea of guilt to several charges.  The sentence, handed down by Judge Keith Kelly of Gaffney, went to Christopher Timothy Baldwin, who was arrested in March after a high-speed chase that covered parts of the Seneca […]

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Legionnaires announce scholarship winner

The Walhalla American Legion proudly announces its 2016 Scholarship recipient is Kimberly Gibson (left) of Fayetteville, North Carolina, the granddaughter of Walhalla Post member Randy Gibson of Walhalla.  Post spokesman Jerry Dyar says Kimberly has enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College in the upcoming freshman class where she plans to study Elementary Education.  Dyar said, “Our post scholarship program is open to […]

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Alice Carol Hightower

Seneca, SC— Alice Carol Hightower, born July 17, 2016, infant daughter of William Cullen Blane and Savanna Carol Dobson Hightower, of 334 Pelham Creek Drive, Seneca, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:30-3:30 PM, […]

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Backpacks to be distributed in elementary schools

Backpacks will be handed out at Oconee’s 10 elementary schools during back to school events.  It’s a collaborative partnership between the school district and Oconee First Steps.  These backpacks are designed for all 4-K and pre-school intervention students.  Each contains two books and a parent information packet. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the backpacks, and so thankful […]

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The PRT has grant money to award

Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT) Commission announces that Accommodations Tax (ATAX) grant applications will be accepted until 3 pm Monday, August 15, 2016. ATAX Application guides may be requested through the PRT office at 888-1488 and will be available online at www.oconeesc.com  Eligible projects for ATAX grant consideration are tourism advertising and promotion; the promotion of arts and […]

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Waterfalls are beautiful but can be dangerous

Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred over recent days in North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest.  An Atlanta-area woman was wading in the stream that flows over Rainbow Falls on the Pisgah Ranger District when she lost her footing and was swept over the falls by the current. Two days later a man jumped off the top of Elk […]

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Fatal car accident on South Carolina 133

A late night car accident in Pickens County left a 7-year old boy dead.  The accident occurred Saturday night on South Carolina 133 and involved a car crossing the centerline after a curve in the road and hitting an embankment.  According to the highway patrol, the boy was in a booster seat.  Trooper Bill Ryne said the driver of the […]

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Major fish kill near Walhalla

Officials of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that 40 thousand fish died recently, apparently due to low oxygen levels, at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery off highway 107.  Dan Rankin, DNR Upstate fisheries biologist, says the fish kill occurred the weekend of July 9-10 and, as he put it, “It was bad.”  However, he says, the kill has […]

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Zoning variance requested tonight

A variance is requested tonight to the Oconee County zoning law.  At 6 o’clock, the county Board of Zoning Appeals will convene to hear a request to vary from the setback rules for an expansion of J-Davis Construction Company on highway 11.  Board meetings are held in the Oconee County Council Chambers at Walhalla.

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Billy Smith

Westminster – Billy Maynard Smith, 79, widower of the late Eva Holbrooks Smith, passed away, Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Magnolia Place of Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from the Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 1 – 2 pm, Wednesday, […]

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