Georgia fatal traffic accident felt in Oconee

An 18-year old man died in a 2-vehicle accident early last Friday in Rabun County, Georgia.  Six other people were hurt.  According to the Georgia Patrol, the identity of the young man who died had yet to be released by the coroner.  The patrol identified two of the injured as Oconee County residents John Charles Turpin, 15, of Walhalla; and Isiah […]

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Challenge to Oconee business community August 21

In the opinion of an Oconee tourist leader, county restaurants and retail stores should consider hours the day before and the day of the total eclipse of the sun.  Ken Sloan of Mountain Lakes CVB says, “This will be a huge opportunity for us to showcase our county, hospitality, and your business to those who will be looking for things […]

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Seneca willing and able to help neighbor

Bob Faires says Seneca Light and Water is capable and willing to help Westminster in a time of need.  Faires, Seneca utilities director, said he spoke to his Westminster counterpart, Clyde Crowe, and to Mayor Brian Ramey last night about whether their city will require emergency water–should the on-hand supply run out by tomorrow.

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33-year fire career ends in Westminster

For three decades, Marty Wright has fought fires in Westminster. His career, three years a volunteer and 30 as a paid fire fighter, will end July 30.  Chief Chris Smith says both Wright and Jennifer Miller, a 10-year fire fighter who is resigning, were honored during a fire department meeting last night.

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Partial former courthouse demolition likely, developer says

Tom Markovich said last night that it’s likely he and his partner will start “initial partial” demolition of the former Oconee Courthouse to help prepare the property for conversion to a hotel.  Markovich acknowledges the calendar is fast-turning to the end of August–when the extended building lease with the county is due to expire.  The developers still don’t have their needed state […]

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Moon and Pollock train for make or break test

Oconee’s new part time magistrates have started two-week training in Columbia.  One week is devoted to civil jurisprudence; the other, is criminal.  At the end there will be a test, which both Erin Moon and Dan Pollock must pass to be certified.  Their boss, however, Chief Oconee Magistrate Todd Simmons, says he has no doubt that both Moon and Pollock will […]

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“I think it (Highway 123) may be too late”

Bill Huggins and Adam Chapman are new Oconee County planning employees, but they might be the best and last hope for the county to save a busy stretch of 123 from wild growth and traffic congestion.  Chapman last night queried the planning commission for direction on what kinds of rules are needed to cover a 4.5 mile section of 123 west […]

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Wayne Turpin

Marshall Wayne Turpin, 18, of 340 Fairfield Road Unit 5A, Walhalla died Friday.  A memorial service will be 6 pm Friday at the Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends following the service at the funeral home.  The family is at the residence.  Memorials in his memory may be made C/O Sandifer Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Westminster, SC  29693.  Condolences […]

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