Teachers are back Thursday, students on the 17th

Oconee teachers return to work on Thursday.  They’ll be followed by the students one week later–Thursday, August 17.  A new school year often brings change.  This year the district is moving to staggered start times.  Elementary schools will start at 8 am and dismiss at 2:45 pm–the same as last year.  Middle schools will start at 8:30 am and dismiss […]

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Richard Harper to pen personal letter to the DOT

Walhalla’s Richard Harper has carried hope for months that the South Carolina DOT will eventually allow his city to plant trees in the Streetscape medians.  Harper, at last night’s Partners for Progress meeting, said the DOT is worried about accidents. “They are worried that someone will hit a tree.”  Harper is undeterred.  He’s going to try a personal letter next […]

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Partners for Progress urged to get political

Josh Holliday and Jennifer Crawford are headed for the political sidelines in Walhalla.  Mayor Edwards last night said both are parents of young children, and he understands why they’ve decided to not run for re-election to city council in November.  Still that leaves opportunity for other Walhallans to serve their city, and the mayor last night implored the members of […]

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Tax Assessor to retire

Linda Shugart has disclosed plans to retire as Oconee Tax Assessor.  She confirmed those plans yesterday with the office of Oconee County Administrator that she’s retiring August 21–after serving as assessor since 2010.  Shugart and staff handled two countywide assessment–the results from the last of which went out in the mail last week to county property owners.

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Hotel projects bandied about at Walhalla meetings

Hotel projects were the topic for presentations during meetings last night of both the Oconee Planning Commission and the Walhalla Partners for Progress.  One project appears closer to reality than the other, though one of the developers of the other promises that his is also.  County planner Bill Huggins told the planning commission that a site meeting takes place today at […]

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Car accident kills passenger near Liberty

Authorities say a 20-year old Central man died in a weekend car accident near Liberty.  The crash of a Chevy Camaro 2.5 miles north of Liberty on Alex Lane took the life of Abraham Abdallah Balawi.  According to Gary Duncan, Depouty Pickens County Coroner, Balawai was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.  Trooper Justin Sutherland […]

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Second lawsuit to be filed against law enforcement

A second lawsuit is being filed by a Walhalla attorney against the Seneca Police.  This time, however, the Oconee Sheriff’s Office is being included as a defendant.  Attorney Keith Denny’s news conference to explain takes place tomorrow morning.  In a statement yesterday, he said, “Each of these unrelated cases highlight systematic abuses in law enforcement that directly resulted in the […]

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Power restored

Power is reported back on for parts of Oconee hit by storms last night.  Customers in parts of Westminster lost service temporarily, as did about 25 Oconee County customers of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

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Preliminary hearing set for murder defendant

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a Clemson man arrested last month and charged in the shooting death of a man at an apartment complex.  Keena Jerome Brown will go into the Friday, August 18 hearing charged with murder and possession of weapon during a violent crime in the death of Ricky Nickles July 6 at the Seneca Gardens […]

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