Soon no more Clemson House

The first visible sign of the end of the landmark Clemson House comes this morning around 9 o’clock when the neon sign at the historic structure will be removed.  For much of the 20th century the Clemson House served as a hotel, a dining hall, student housing and, at times, for a number of commercial outlets.  But it’s a casualty of the current campus building […]

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Plane crash cause a mystery to government investigators

Exactly why a Piper airplane carrying four Notre Dame fans to Clemson crashed and killed all on board remains a mystery to investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board.  The NTSB has released its final report on the October 2, 2015 crash near Lake Hartwell between Westminster, South Carolina and Toccoa,Georgia.  Under probable cause and findings, the NTSB “determines the probable cause(s) of the accident to be:  The pilot’s loss of […]

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High winds bring down trees and power lines

Late yesterday afternoon’s storm packed high winds and toppled trees in the Walhalla and West Union areas.  One tree fell against the West Union Presbyterian Church. Duke Energy customers in the Walhalla, West Union, Keowee and New Hope communities experience power failures.  Repair crews and trucks apparently remained on scene through out the night. 

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Trial date made official

The date to try the civil lawsuit to decide all issues in the squabble over Pioneer Rural Water building a treatment plant has been made official by the Oconee Court of Common Pleas.  The court has assigned the week of August 28 for the case of City of Seneca and others against Pioneer Rural Water District of Oconee and Anderson counties.  If needed, five days have […]

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Oconee traffic stop lands Georgia man in jail

A Douglasville, Georgia man went to jail after a Friday night traffic stop at Fair Play.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the traffic stop occurred at SC 59 and Cleveland Creek Roadand resulted after a deputy saw a vehicle moving at fast speed.  Jose Alberto Flores-Del Angel was first issued a ticket for no South Carolina driver’s license and later charged with trafficking cocaine.  A hold has […]

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Trail mishap victim identified

The Spartanburg County man found dead Sunday off the Chattooga River Trail has been identified as Vincent Scott Keefauver.  Coroner Karl Addis says the 39-year old Keefauver died of a broken neck.  According to the coroner’s investigation, Keefauver appeared to have been walking toward Burrell’s Ford Sunday night when he fell an estimated 15 feet, straight down from a ledge. There had been rain in […]

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Why city council members balked at disbanding fire department

Westminster Councilman Charles Miller who sided with three other colleagues in rejecting the chance to balance the city budget by disbanding the fire department and relying instead on Oconee Emergency Services for protection inside the corporate limits has given reasons for the opposition.  As it is, however, Miller and a majority of the rest of his colleagues have enacted a balanced […]

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Y receives preliminary loan approval

The Foothills YMCA has received preliminary government approval for a long-term loan to build a recreation and aquatic center on the grounds of Oconee Memorial Hospital.  According to Christle Ross, the CEO of the YMCA, the USDA asked for additional information which the Y has submitted and now awaits further word.  The anticipation is that when the Y gets final approval for the $7.5 million […]

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Driver allegedly possessed stolen gun

The Seneca police made a traffic stop Monday afternoon on the 400 block of S. Fairplay Street and charged the driver with possession of a stolen gun.  Authorities say Ricky Antonio Nickles, East Main Street resident, was arrested and taken to the county jail.  According to police reports, a semi-automatic pistol found in the center console of the Honda automobile turned out to have been stolen […]

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July 4 public safety incidents

Public safety responders say there were no problems and only a few complaints about the fireworks that were sounded last night on the anniversary of the country’s birth.  Walhalla reported a pair of separate accidents yesterday morning and afternoon—both at the hairpin curve just above the Dakota Grill on highway 28.  In one of those accidents, a motorcyclist is said to have […]

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