Graham statement on Charlottesville

Senator Lindsey Graham made these comments today on Charlottesville:  “Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville.  Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them.  Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and […]

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Walhalla OKs economic development incentives

Walhalla is getting an economic development incentive program.  It’s seen as a way to facilitate future development.  Mayor Edwards calls it a tool to position the city in negotiations with those interested in investing in the city.  One provision is that a development plan must be consistent with the city’s comprehensive and master plans.  A seven-page economic development ordinance received […]

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Destination Oconee in need of financial help, manager says

The Destination Oconee project has made strides, but its manager says further accomplishments hinge on additional financial support.  Janet Hartman last night appealed to the County Council for what she called “dedicated funding.”  The council accepted her plea as information, though two members questioned her about what has been accomplished so far and what her committee envisions.  According to Hartman, the […]

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Trail extension project questioned

Long time Oconee County resident Berry Nichols says hikers and mountain bikers treat hunters poorly, and that’s partly why he’s no fan of the Palmetto Conservation project to extend the Palmetto Trail from the vicinity of Stumphouse Tunnel Park to downtown Walhalla.  Nichols spoke out during public comment last night at the August meeting of city council.  He raised questions […]

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Manslaughter charge filed

Additional findings have led authorities to charge a South Oak Street, Seneca man with manslaughter in the death last week of Thomas Ivester Marks.  An autopsy showed Marks died of complications from a stab wound to the abdomen.  A warrant, signed by investigator Michael Teramano, charges Donald Clark Walker of 413 S. Oak Street with manslaughter, alleging Walker “did without malice […]

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Best eclipse advice: find spot and stay there

Other than be sure to wear protective glasses, the best advice that the Oconee Sheriff can give about safety on Monday is to find a spot and stay there for the eclipse.  Authorities are worried about additional traffic and, from a safety standpoint, don’t want drivers pulling off the sides of the roads during what will be night time conditions.  […]

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Accident UPDATE

Spokesman for SC Highway Patrol said this morning’s accident near Clemson involved two drivers–one from Greenville; the other, from Spartanburg.  Trooper Joe Hovis said motorcyclist Anthony Turner, 33, of Spartanburg was hurt in a head-on crash on 123 in front of Paws Restaurant.  The impact occurred in the westbound lanes.  According to Hovis, car driver Adrian James Potter, 61, of Greenville was […]

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30 new jobs promised in Pickens County

Safeplast NA Company, a maker and provider of hose protectors and hose binding products, will build in the Pickens County Commerce Park.  Announcement from the State Department of Commerce states Safeplast will make a $4.3 million investment and create 30 jobs.  The company is affiliated with Safeplast Finland.  The 300,000 square building will serve as the company’s North American headquarters.  […]

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